Soap Nuts (Berries) for laundry, household cleaning, hair shampoo and for bath
What are soap nuts (soapberries)?
Soap nuts are very easy to do your laundry with. And they are very cost effective to use. A load of laundry costs about 20 cents, a huge savings on the cost of a brand name commercial laundry detergent.
Use 6 soap nuts at a time. Place them in a tie cloth bag or place them in an old sock and tie the sock. You can reuse the same 6 Soap Nuts to do up to 6 loads of laundry.
Soap Nuts can be used in any type of machine- top loaders, front loaders and High Efficiency (HE) washing machines.
You will use the Soap Nut shells (which are really the skin of the Soap Berry fruit), or you can use a liquid made from Soap Nuts (recipe below). We recommend using the soap nuts shell, as you will use them over and over again.Do NOT use fabric softeners or dyer sheets. Soap Nuts are natural fabric softeners and already have anti-static properties. You’ll also save even more money, not having to purchase dryer sheets and softeners!
Note: If your laundry is heavily soiled add about a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of baking soda or washing soda to the wash to give some extra washing power.
When the wash is done, separate the Soap Nuts bag from the wash and put your clothes on the line or in the dryer, and put up the bag of Soap Nuts for the next use.
You can reuse the same 6 Soap Nuts to do up to 6 loads of laundry! When you take the soap bag out of the wash, squeeze it a bit and see that it has more bubbles. If it does, the nuts can be used again. When the nuts are done producing bubbles, just throw them into the compost.
Recipe: How to Make Natural Soap Nuts Liquid Soap
Liquid Laundry Soap • Household Cleaning
Bath & Shower Liquid Soap • Shampoo
What you need:
- 12 -15 whole berries or pieces that are equivalent
- 8 cups (2 quarts) water
- 1 Tbsp salt (to preserve liquid)
- 1/4 cup Washing soda (optional)
- 10-12 drops of an essential oil of your choice (optional)
In a large pot, add the soap berries and the water. Over medium high heat, let it boil for about 30 minutes. When it has cooled a bit, add the salt. Add the washing soda, if using for laundry soap. Stir until dissolved. When the liquid has cooled, add the essential oils.
Store in a recycled laundry detergent bottle or glass mason jar. Shake before use. Use 1/2 cup liquid per regular size load of laundry.
**For liquid soap, household cleaning or shampoo, follow the recipe above just add 1 more cup of water and do not add the washing soda. Use your favorite essential oil, if desired. Store in a recycled shampoo or dish soap bottle.