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