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:
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
5. Making bug repellent
- 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.
- 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