As consumers become more eco-conscious, use of harmful products
like laundry detergents is sure to change. And while it's difficult to rid daily use of cleaners and harsh soaps completely,
it is possible to diminish use. One way is to use alternatives that are environmentally friendly. In the case of eco friendly
laundry detergent, look no further than soap nuts.
Are Soap Nuts?
Soap nuts aren't technically nuts. They're fruit, taken from the soapberry tree (Sapindus mukorrosi).
In appearance, they're similar to the lychee nut, yet they're not grown for consumption. Thanks to their high concentration
of foaming "saponin," soap nuts are used throughout the world as cleaning agents.
Harvested in India and Nepal, soap nuts have been used for centuries in Southeast Asia and for decades
in Europe. In the past decade, it has made its way to North America, where it has been recognized as a natural, potent cleaning
alternative to the harsh chemicals common to detergents and household cleaners.
What Is Saponin?
is the chemical compound that makes soap nuts "sud." When met with an aqueous solution, the naturally-occurring
saponin produces a foam-like substance -- the same kind of reaction detergents aim to create with their lab-created surfactants.
This solution can be applied to most any purpose, but most commonly, it is used for laundry. Indeed, soap nuts and their dose
of saponin have emerged a legitimate green alternative to commercial detergents.
Soap Nuts as an Eco Friendly Laundry Detergent
You may be wondering "how" soap nuts are used to clean laundry. Are they processed into powder or
liquid? Can they be used as is? Can they be used more than once? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding "Yes."
As research on soap nuts continues, new ways of using the berry will surely
surface. However, as of now, soap nuts are most often used in their dried-fruit form. The fruit is harvested, de-seeded, and
then dried in the sun, leaving behind the hardened shells -- which can be soaked, crushed, and recycled.
What You Get:
Dried soap nuts come bundled with a muslin bag, which holds the nuts during the wash cycle. The bag is reusable and also replaceable
with household items like any drawstring pouch or even, a sock. So long as the cleaning properties of soap nuts can be released
into the water, any breathable "bag" will do.
demands of your laundry will determine the number of soap nuts you'll need. A good rule-of-thumb is:
•2 soap nuts for a hot-water wash
•4 soap nuts for a cold-water wash
soap nuts for stubborn stains
It's important to remember
that soap nuts react to warm/hot water. Therefore, if you're using soap nuts for a cold wash, you may want to soak them in
a hot bowl for a few minutes first, before tossing the entire solution into the wash.
Think of soap nuts as a recipe. Though a recipe may provide measurements, often times you may change
it to better fit your taste. The same can be said of soap nuts and the needs of your laundry. With experience of use, you'll
find the right soap-nuts combination to work with your wash loads.
addition to the dried-fruit form, soap nuts can be easily transformed into a liquid. For the latter, simply boil the soap
nuts, strain the concentrated water, and administer in a spray bottle or foaming pump.
Soap nuts can also be used as:
•Steam-cleaning spot treatment
•Liquid hand soap
For its primary function as a laundry detergent, soap nuts works with most
any fabric -- from delicates to wool to hardy fleece. It's versatile, adaptable, and effective.
Environmental Benefits for Soap Nuts
The most exciting aspect of soap nuts is the fact that they actually work. When tested, the nuts
have held up to the scrutiny. And, in a time when many of us are looking for ways to minimize our negative impact on the environment,
soap nuts have arrived just in time.
Being 100% natural,
soap nuts are gentle to clothes and the skin. They're also hypoallergenic and safe for the environment. Runoff to streams
remains a major environmental problem, and the chemicals used in commercial detergents have impacted plants, animals, and
entire ecosystems. Soap nuts act as a low sudsing detergent to help eliminate this soapy runoff.
Alternatively, soap nuts are natural and biodegradable. The water runoff from their wash cycles is
safe and afterwards, the used nuts can be returned to the Earth as compost
The best part?-COST!!****
bag with 4 wash bags 300-400 loads of laundry
500g bag with 2 wash bags 150-200 loads of laundry
250g bag with 1 wash bag 75-100 loads of laundry
I LOVE my soap nuts and would not use anything else!
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