Living Naturally Soap Nuts are literally the most eco-friendly and organic soap on earth. They literally grow on trees and can be used for a wide range of cleaning uses. They can be used as a laundry detergent, general household cleaning, or even for washing your hair and body! Here is a quick guide on how to use soap nuts for different types of cleaning.
How to use Soap Nuts for Laundry
It is incredibly easy to wash your laundry using soap nuts, and they are extremely economical to use. One small handful of soap nuts can be used a few times in the washing machine. When you are done with them, simply throw them into your compost, or boil them to make a household cleaner!
Simply pop around 6 soap nuts into the supplied washer bag and toss it into your washing machine. Leave it in for all cycles including rinse and spin. Make sure you don’t use fabric conditioners or dryer sheets when using soap nuts as they are natural fabric conditioners and have anti-static properties.
Here’s a tip! If you have any clothes that are heavily soiled, you can add up to half a cup of bicarbonate of soda into the wash.
When the wash cycle is complete, remove the soap nuts bag from the wash and hang them up to dry for the next use. One soap nut batch has up to six cycle uses! You can determine whether they have been completely used up by giving the bag a gentle squeeze. If any suds appear then they can be used again. If you are in a hard water area, soak the small bag of soap nuts in a cup of hot tap water for a few minutes before adding into the machine.
How to use Soap Nuts for Household Cleaning
As mentioned, you can create a toxin-free household cleaner by adding them to boiling water! For a simple cleaner, you can use leftovers from your wash, or you can use fresh and unused soap nuts for a more powerful and concentrated cleaner. You may want to wait until you have two leftover batches from your wash.
Place 12 soap nuts in the supplied washer bag and make sure it is tied closed. Place it into a saucepan and add about 8 cups of water. Boil onto a medium heat, then let it simmer on low for around 30 minutes until it forms a thick, cloudy yellowish-brown liquid. Turn off the heat and give it several hours to steep.
One the mixture has cooled, remove the bag and hang to dry for future use.
Pour the brown liquid into a glass or plastic bottle into the fridge until needed. It can last several weeks to a month. This liquid can be used for cleaning appliances, windows (no streaks either!), floors, dishes, hair and body.
If you think you may not use your soap nut solution straight away, you can always freeze it in an ice cube tray for future use.
How to use Soap Nuts for Hair and Body
Organic shampoos can be costly, but with soap nuts, you will be saving yourself a fortune! A simple soap nuts shampoo or body wash is made using the same recipe as the household cleaner. However, make sure you put your soap nuts shampoo/body wash into a metal bottle. You will be taking this into the shower, a place you should never have a glass container! If you do not have a metal bottle, a reusable plastic bottle will also work.
Just remember, a soap nuts shampoo or body wash will not foam like shop shampoos and body washes will. Those products contain sulphates, common toxins and carcinogens that are used in most commercial products as foaming agents. Don’t let this put you off, however, as you do not need a lot of your homemade soap nuts shampoo/body wash to leave yourself silky and clean.
Soap nuts liquid is also wonderful if you have sensitive skin, eczema or psoriasis as it is gentle and completely sulphate-free. For that extra bit of softness, try adding argon oil.
Have you tried Soap Nuts Before?
As you can see, soap nuts are an extremely sustainable source for all if your cleaning purposes. They are reusable, compostable and certainly offer creative ways of keeping your home absolutely gleaming. If you haven’t tried them before, why not give them a go?