How to Use Soap Nuts – Natural Laundry Alternative

Soapnuts are a berry shell that naturally contain soap. They are an organic product that grow on trees. In rural places in India, people wash their clothes and hair with them


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Soapnuts are a berry shell that naturally contain soap. They are an organic product that grow on trees. In rural places in India, people wash their clothes and hair with them.

They are highly effective but gentle at the same time. Soapnuts can be used in the washing machine, on all fabrics and at any temperature, and are great for people with sensitive skin, allergies, eczema, and psoriasis. They are so gentle, they are perfect for baby’s and children’s clothes. 

Watch this Video How to Use Soap Nuts

What are Soap Nuts?

Soapnuts are 100% biodegradable and compostable, and reusable. When you have used them 3 – 4 times, the soap will be finished, and they start to break and fall apart. When this happens you can use them in your garden as a snail and slug repellent, or you can make the remains into a foaming wash.

Simply put the leftovers into a blender with 500ml water,  and use to wash dishes, hands, vegetables, surfaces, or as Soapnuts are anti-fungal, they make a great pet wash.

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Soap Nuts – Natural Eco Laundry Solution

The smell of freshly washed laundry is something I love, but it’s important to remember that breathing in artificial fragrance may be bad for our health, and is linked to cancer, allergies, dermatitis, migraines, respiratory problems, and is extremely disruptive for our hormones.

So getting used to using natural fragrances on clothes, and bed linen is a small price to pay. The strange thing, is we adapt so quickly when I smell strong artificial fragrance now, it immediately makes me feel ill, so even though your laundry might not smell so highly fragranced, soapnuts clean the clothes efficiently, and you soon get used to a more natural fragrance on your clothes.

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Soap Nuts Laundry Review

How to Use

Soapnuts come with a fabric bag, simply add 5 – 7 shells into the bag, and tie the bag (tightly or they drop out, or secure with a clip) and put in the washing machine drum.

You can put the washbag in warm water for a few minutes beforehand, to help release the soap, I like doing this step, but you don’t have to. You can also add 15 – 30 drops of lavender, or lemon essential oil to your washbag, to increase fragrance.

Turn Soap Nuts into Liquid Soap

If your prefer laundry liquid, simply put the nuts in some boiling water and simmer for around 30 minutes. Allow the liquid to cool, strain then you can store the liquid in the fridge afterwards. To use simply pour ½ cup in your washing machine drawer.

Living Naturally Soap Nuts

I use Living Naturally Soap Nuts which are ;

  • Made in the UK
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Sustainable
  • Ethical
  • Cruelty-free
  • Free from SLSs, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Palm Oil, Artificial additives or fragrances. 

Love or Leave?

Love! Soapnuts wash your clothes effectively even at low temperatures, towels come out fluffier and softer than with normal washing powder.

I love the fact they are reusable and compostable too so there is zero waste.

If you would like to try Soapnuts, you can purchase them here.

Let me know if you try them, and what you think!

If you liked this post – you might like this one A Complete Guide to a Zero Waste Period.

Natalie Shirlaw is passionate about healthy living and writes posts about wellbeing. If you enjoyed this article, be sure to pin it or share it!

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