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If you’ve never heard of soap nuts before, you are in for a surprise. They have nothing to do with food as the name might suggest, but are very efficient laundry cleaners. It seems as if Mother Nature has made more provisions to take care of our needs than we realize and these green cleaning products offer amazing proof. Extra gentle on your clothes and on your skin, these nuts grow in tropical and warm climates on shrubs and small trees, which botanically belong to the Lychee family.
Soap nuts are a great product that everyone can benefit from, but some savvy soap nuts users have found ways to get even more use out of them. Below you can find unique uses for soap nuts including tips and tricks.
1) After you you have used your soap nuts several times and are ready to throw them out, instead save them. After you run out of fresh soap nuts, gather all of the soap nuts you have saved boil them in a pot of water. This will extract any of the remaining saponin. After it boils down for about an hour, pour the contents of the pot into a strainer and collect the brown soap nuts liquid into a jar. This liquid will stay good for a few weeks without any preservatives.
If you want to get really fancy, pour the liquid into an ice cube tray and freeze it. This will extend the life of the liquid and it is also very convenient to just throw in an soap nuts liquid ice cube into your wash.
2) Compost your soap nuts shells. "Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment" After you are done with the shells, toss them into your lawn or garden. Why throw them away when they make for a nice organic fertilizer? Soap nuts are a green product through their entire lifecycle.
3) Give your car a nice shine by giving it a soap nuts wash. Toss about five to 10 soap nuts into a bucket of warm water. Stir them around till you see suds. Rinse your car off with water and then use the soap nuts solution with a sponge and wash your car as you normally would. Hose it down with water and dry. This should give your car a nice shine.
4) Going on a trip? Take a drawstring bag with soap nuts. They easily fit inside your luggage or purse and you get several loads out of them. They also work great for camping. You can use them to wash your face and hands or even to clean small cuts. There is no reason traveling should stop you from staying clear of toxic chemicals.
5) Wash your hair with soap nuts. Many people who are sensitive to chemicals use soap nuts as a shampoo. It isn't luxurious as it doesn't produce a thick lather, but if you are looking for a safe and cheap option it will get the job done.
6) Wash babies and pets with soap nuts. Babies and pets require special care. They can be more susceptible to allergens and can have adverse skin reactions if they come in contact with harsh chemicals.
Soap nuts are actually berries, but earned the name “nut” in reference to the hard, nut-like shaahell they form after they have been harvested and dried in the sun. They contain saponins, soap-like components, which are natural cleaners that, just as their chemical counterparts, lift stains from the fabric and take care of odours. They are however much gentler on your laundry than the regular aggressive laundry detergents.
Soap nuts do everything you expect from your favourite household laundry detergent. They clean your laundry, are gentle on your fabrics, and leave a fresh scent. However, the real difference between regular detergent and these particular green-cleaning products becomes especially apparent after a few wash loads. Contrary to harsh detergents that leave residue on your laundry and make them feel hard after extended usage, the components found within them open up the fabric fibres and act as natural fabric softeners.
Give it a try, and wash a few loads of towels with your regular laundry detergent and compare it with a few loads of clothing washed with soap nuts. You’ll see an impressive difference. We are confident you will be able to tell the soap nuts washed towels are softer in a blind test. Your towels and delicate clothing items will be noticeably softer and fluffier, and it’s easily understandable why this kind of product will extend the overall life of your favourite pieces of clothing. Because it’s an all-natural and very mild product, it’s also ideal for people with sensitive skin and for items such as baby clothes.
But as with most things in life, there can be huge differences in terms of quality. We go to great lengths to purchase only the highest quality, Sapindus Mukorossi, USDA certified organic soap nuts for you. You simply won’t be able to get higher quality than ours or at a better price. They are biodegradable and great for septic and greywater systems and they are true eco friendly Green Virgin Products.
We are committed to quality and customer satisfaction, and therefore all our products come with a 90-day money back guarantee. For convenient use, drawstring bags are already included with your purchase. We also invite you to try our soap nuts liquid with the easy pump top. Bleach or hydrogen peroxide can be used alongside if desired. Don't forget to check out our non-toxic prespotter bar. It outperforms every pre-spotter on the market and lasts for years. Shipping is free for orders $50 and up.
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How do I use soap nuts products properly?
Depending on which of our soap nuts products you are going to use, you can choose one of two options:
If you purchase the nuts as a whole, simply put about 5 average sized nuts in a wash bag and add to your laundry. You can use the same wash bag for about 5-7 loads.
If you use the liquid form, just use two pumps for a front loader or three pumps for a top loader.
How long does the bag need to remain in the washer?
You can leave the bag inside the washer until all wash and rinse cycles are completed. Remember that it also acts as a fabric softener so no additional softener or dryer sheets are needed. It might be a good idea to use a pre-soak cycle to allow the soap nuts to become completely saturated before the actual washing cycle starts.
Can I use soap nuts in cold water as well?
Absolutely. As we only offer high quality soap nuts at Green Virgin products, our soap nuts have the amount of saponin that works just as well with cooler temperatures. If you use the nuts for your laundry and regardless of the temperature, pre-soaking will produce better results, especially when the nuts are already dry and dark. Breaking them into smaller pieces to ease the release of saponin also helps to facilitate better results.
There is no foam and suds. Are the soap nuts really working?
Yes, they definitely are. The suds and foam you are used to seeing when using a regular laundry detergent are artificial foaming surfactants that have been added to suggest and “prove” to you that the laundry detergent is doing its job. The amount of dyes, artificial foaming agents, and other toxins that are added to today’s laundry detergents do not only cause a hazard to the environment but are also very often the cause for skin irritations and allergies. This safer product contains a natural surfactant. You won’t see lots of (unnecessary) foam and suds, but the results will speak for themselves.
Can soap nuts be used in HE washer as well as in front loaders?
The answer is yes, in both cases. They work especially well in HE washers because of their low suds production. They also do an excellent job with a front loader. Use the pre-soak cycle if you use the wash bag method and you will see great results.
What should active soap nuts ideally feel and look like?
Remember that soap nuts are really dried berries. Sapindus Mukorossi, as it is called by its proper botanical name has a yellow to golden color when it is first harvested, and it feels just like a juicy berry. After the berries have been sun-dried it’s easier to process and deseed them.
Here is a small test to see if your soap nuts still have cleaning power: Fill a jar with the used soap nuts, add in some warm water and shake the jar. If you see suds, you can rest assured that you are holding active soap nuts in your hand.
I have nut allergies. Can I use soap nuts?
Yes, you can. Remember that, despite their name, they are berries. They just became popular with that name due to their hard shell after sun drying. They are also commonly known as soap berries.
How do I best store soap nuts?
Moisture is their biggest enemy, so they are best stored in a dry environment. Moisture can lead to early saponin release and possible mold or mildew. You can keep the soap nuts in their original muslin bag or a Tupperware type of container to prevent moisture from getting in. If you keep them in the wash bags, allow the nuts to dry between laundry days. We just toss them in the dryer with the clothes.Hide.