Soap Nuts


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Soap Nuts

Soap Nuts

Soap Nuts are a FRUIT that will get your laundry clean. It's TRUE! Soap Nuts are the fruit of a tree (Sapindus Mukorossi), found primarily in the Himalayas, and they are an EXCELLENT alternative to traditional laundry detergents. There are two main varieties: sapindus trifoliatus (The Small Soap Nut) and sapindus mukorossi (The Large Soap Nut). The Large Soap Berry is the most commonly used in cleaning, but both varieties are quite effective. How are soap nuts prepared for use in your wash? They are simply harvested then dried in the sun. They are 100%, totally natural. They are organically grown and are free of harsh chemicals, so they are incredibly gentle on clothes AND skin.They are especially great for those with sensitive skin—including babies and those that suffer from allergies, eczema, and psoriasis! They're totally biodegradable, so they're better for the environment than regular detergent,and they're antimicrobial, so they're even good for septic and gray water systems! Soapy substances called saponins are found in the outer shells of soap nuts. These saponins have the effect of soap when mixed with water. Each fruit of the soap nut tree contains one, two or three seeds and the fruit itself has a leathery texture and a yellowish or blackish color. They are used frequently, both medicinally and as detergents. If you hear any expert talking about renewable detergents, then it is soap nuts that they are referring to. These tiny fruits that grow on soap nut trees are actually very useful for many purposes.

For Natural Laundry Soap, you can use them in one of two ways:

  1. Toss 3 or 5 Nuts in a small muslin bag (provided with most orders) and throw it in with your laundry. (Make sure that you take them out before putting your clothes in the dryer). The nuts will do 4 or 5 loads, (use until they feel squishy).
  2. Heat 12–15 whole Soap Nuts in 1 gallon of water for 3 hours. Use a lid to cover pot. You do not want this to boil; bring to a simmer, then turn heat down to a low flame. Turn off heat; then let sit in the covered pot until cooled. Strain out the soap nuts. The liquid you have is now a concentrated, chemical free soap. The leftover shells can be placed in your compost. Use ¼ cup of this soap with each load of laundry. High efficiency washers will need less. This allows you to do approximately 30 loads of laundry. Also works great as a pre-treatment for stains.

Soap nuts are perfect for HE (high efficiency) and front load washers as they do not create many suds! Just remember to put whole soap nuts, in a cloth bag, in the drum of the machine. Soap nuts liquid can go in the detergent drawer.

About laundry products

Handcrafted Cleaning Products

Both the Laundry Castile Soap and the Soap Nuts work in an HE washing machine. We have an HE washing machine. Mike,my husband uses the Laundry Castile Soap; I prefer the easy Soap Nuts. Both clean very well and your clothes will last longer as well.

We recommend using warm or hot water when possible. Virus and bacteria are not killed in cold water.

Fabric Softener

YOU DON'T NEED IT!!! White Vinegar is the best fabric softener you can use. Combined with a natural Castile Soap, your clothes will last long and not fade! Check out the benefits of using White Vinegar in your washing machine. Use the same amount of Vinegar as you would a fabric softener. Add it to the Fabric Softener dispenser. If you are washing white clothes, you can add Vinegar in the wash cycle. It will help whiten whites and remove stains. NO, YOUR CLOTHES WILL NOT SMELL LIKE VINEGAR AFTER THEY COME FROM THE DRYER!!!!

Stain Stick

Plain Jane or 100% Olive Oil bar soap! Dampen stained area. Gently rub bar on stain. Wash as directed for the type of stain. Petroleum-stains may need a petroleum-created stain stick.
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