Soap nuts (Sapindus) are a versatile and natural addition to your cleaning cupboard.
They have been traditionally used for centuries in the sub-tropical regions of Asia as an effective, yet gentle, cleanser.
These soap nuts are wild harvested from their natural habitat in Nepal, where they grow without any chemical inputs.
Easy-to-use soap nuts are an economical and effective cleaner that is environmentally friendly. Just 10-15 grams are all that is needed for a standard load of washing – and they can be reused 3 or 4 times.
They can also be used to make a concentrated cleaning liquid as a hand soap or household surface cleaner.
Soap nuts are naturally antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial and are non-allergenic. They are actually a berry – not really a nut at all.
This pure plant product contains no added chemicals or synthetic additives. They have not been tested on animals and are vegan-friendly.
These compostable soap nuts are biodegradable and safe for grey-water and septic systems. And of course, soap nuts are packaging-free – so no plastic containers to dispose of.
How to Use:
Replace laundry detergent in your front or top loading washing machine with 10-15 grams (about 4-7 half shells) of these soap nuts that have been placed in a small wash bag. Simply pop the bag into the machine with your washing. No need for fabric softener or any other washing products.
The nuts can be reused 3 or 4 times depending on the water temperature – hot water will reduce the number of washes they are effective for. When depleted they can be put in the compost.
To make a gentle liquid for hand washing delicate or woollen garments, place 6-8 half shells in 500ml of boiling water. Simmer for 8-10 minutes then add a few drops of essential oil (such as lavender) if desired. Add to sink or bucket of water and soak or hand wash garments.
For an all-purpose surface cleaner, place a handful of shells in 500ml of hot water and boil for 10-15 minutes. Shells that have been previously used in the washing machine are great for making this cleaner. The boiling water will extract the last of the goodness from the nuts! Allow to cool, strain and add the liquid to an empty spray bottle. Used it to clean floors and benches, carpets and upholstery (always do a patch test first), windows (with a few drops of eucalyptus oil) or your car.
The same method can be used to make a natural hand and body wash – remembering to avoid eyes when using it as a body cleanser.
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