Soapnuts: What are they and how to use them?
WHAT ARE THEY?
Soapnuts / Indian soap berries are used as natural detergent for centuries, due to the cleaning essence that is contained in its shell.
Soap nuts are grown on a small tree - Sapindus Mukorossi tree, native of the Himalayas, and the mountainous regions of India & Nepal.
Once the berries are picked and seeds are removed, the shells are left to dry naturally. Then sold un-modified on the market.
Soapnuts produce a compound known as saponin, which bubbles up when exposed to water, the same way as soap does, minus the chemical!
They are Eco-Friendly because:
- They don't need fertile soil, they grow best in harsh environment
- Resilient to diseases & doesn't need fertiliser / chemical pesticides
- 100% natural
- Place a handful of soapnuts (around 20) with 2 cups of water in a pot. (more water for less concentrated liquid)
- Bring to boil, and turn down the heat. Let is simmer for another 30 minutes.
- Strain the liquid, let soapnuts dry on the side, they can be used to make more batches of liquid.
- Once liquid is cool, pour concentrated liquid in a bottle. Keep refrigerated for up to a week.
Dilute liquid with water for laundry, or multi-purpose cleaner. Add a few drops of essential oil to your liking!
- Place around 5-7 of soapnuts into a cotton bag, or any wash bags (can even be a sock, but make sure you secure the opening). Use for 5kg washing machine.
- Place the bag of soapnuts in the drum with your dirty laundry. Wash as usual.
- Once your laundry is done, take the bag of soapnuts out, and let dry. They can be used again for another 3-4 times.