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What Are Soap Nuts?

Soap nuts also sometimes referred to as washing nuts is a sustainable resource that has been used for many generations as a natural detergent. It grows on trees in the form of berries. This soap berries contains Saponins which is a natural lather. It’s an organic cleanser that can be used as a soap, detergent and shampoo.

How to Use Soap Nuts?
1. Laundry:
  • Put 4-6 soap nuts in the wash bag and place in the washer.
  • Wash as usual with cold, warm or hot water.
  • After washing, remove bag and dry. Soap nuts may be re-used up to 10 times until the shells start to become soft and grey, and then they should be thrown.

    2. Making dishwashing soap :
    • Boil 12 soap nuts in 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes.
    • Add a few drops of lemon essential oil will provide a fresh, pleasant scent (Optional).
      3. Making shampoo:
      • Put 5 soap nuts in the small fabric bag and place it into 2 cups of boiling water.
      • Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
      • Add one cup of water, and 5 drops of essential oil. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes, then turn off the stove. Squeeze out the bag until it begins to produce a foamy liquid.
      • Rinse with cool water and squeeze it into the pan again
      • Massage a small amount into your hair for 5 minutes and rinse well
        4. Making household cleaner
        • Boil 15 soap nuts in 4 cups purified or distilled water.
        • Cover it and allow it to simmer for about 1 to 2 hours.
        • Let it completely cool, then strain out the soap nuts with a strainer. Now, the liquid that remains is a soap nut concentrate, which can be used as a chemical-free household cleaner.
        • To use, simply mix 1 cup of the soap nut concentrate with 2 tablespoons distilled water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a spray bottle.
          5. Making bug repellent
          • Boil 12 soap nuts in 2 cups of water in about 10 minutes.
          • Add a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil for extra bug-fighting power

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