I would like to introduce you to one of the most amazing nuts in the world and no i am not on about myself lol….. THE SOAP NUT.
Soap Nuts have been used for many centuries going back as far as the as ancient asians. The nuts themselves come from the Soap Berry Tree (Sapindus Mukorossi) found in the Himalayas. What makes them so special is that each nut can produce a substance called SAPONIN. Saponin is a surfactant and has the amazing ability to clean many things around the home, it can also be used as a screen wash for your car, boil some water and flax seed and you can make a chemical free shower gel and shampoo.
The thing we love about Soap Nuts, is they are 100% natural and when done with them you can add them to a compost pile. They are not irritant to the skin and so ideal if you suffer from some sort of skin condition such as eczema, which makes them as far as we are concerned, the most valuable and amazing nut on the planet.
So far we have made washing up liquid, car screen wash and have used them several times to wash our clothes, the key to getting them to work effectively is you have to get them warm so try adding 1 cup of soap nuts to 5 cups of water, bring them to the boil for around 20-25 minutes, part way through we find it best to use a potato masher but anything will do, crush them this will help release some extra Saponin we also added a cut up lemon and orange, firstly for the smell and secondly because the lemon helps cut through grease.
When washing clothes we find a small handful of around 10-12 nuts works best, tie them up in a muslin style bag and then just pop them in your washing machine, with white washing add a cup of bicarbonate soda and to soften the clothes a small amount of white wine vinegar, you can also add a essential oil at the same time, dont worry your clothes wont smell of vinegar it will be gone by the time you take your clothes out of the machine, if you would rather not add the nuts to your washing machine then you could always just add some of the liquid soap you have made previously. We also found that they can do around 3-4 washes so dont throw them straight in the bin, we spread ours out after each load to allow them to dry. One important thing you should remember with this is due to the water involved, you should not make to much liquid in one go, however if you do want to make a large amount you can always freeze some, just pour the liquid soap into ice cube trays and take them out as and when you require them.
We as a family give this product a 5 out of 5 for good environmental impact and a 5 star for practicality. We would recommend anyone trying to live a life free from a negative environmental impact to get these as they will not only reduce your global footprint but also save you many hundreds of pounds on cleaning products and toiletries throughout the year.
I use this company on amazon for mine you get 1kg for £9.95 and let me tell you that will last you for ages Salveo
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