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Soap Nuts

9 Sep 2014 10:37 AM - A Washing Detergent that Grows on Trees
Did you know that Soap Nuts grown wild in India are environmentally friendly, sustainably produced, biodegradable and compostable?

How do they work?
The nuts contain the active natural washing ingredient saponin.  Similar to soap, when the shells of the soap nut come in contact with water the saponin is released and suds are produced - these are excellent for cleaning laundry and leaving it beautifully soft.

Soap Nuts are especially good for colours, fragrance free and because they contain only pure natural ingredients, and compatible for grey water to reduce water consumption.

Now available on-line http://www.ecostorealbury.com/all-products/soap-nuts.aspx?lv.crumb=75499

Clean Naturally!

So many uses for Soap Nuts in the home..........................

Laundry detergent

Place 4-7 half shells (or equivalent in pieces) in the washbag (or old sock knotted at top) and place in washing machine. Wash as normal. Soap nut shells can be reused 3-4 times depending on temperature washed at (hotter washes have less rewashes). Then just put them in your compost.

Multi-purpose cleaner

Put a handful of soap nut shells to 500 mls hot water and boil for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool, strain and add liquid to empty spray bottle. This can be used to clean the house from top to bottom - including windows. You can add few drops of eucalyptus oil (optional). Dispose of shells in compost.

Relaxing/Cleansing Bath

Place 3-4 soap nut shells in washbag and allow to steep in hot bathwater for 5 minutes. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

Jewellery Cleaner

Mix up a mild Soap Nut/water solution (3-4 soap nut shells with 1 litre hot water) and use to soak jewellery before rinsing, drying and polishing.

Shampoo

Place 3 soap nut shells and 500ml water. Simmer for 10 minutes and add cornflour to thicken if desired as well as any essential oils to scent (Lavender is great). The shampoo will not lather as you may be used to but it will clean your hair. PLEASE KEEP AWAY FROM THE EYES. Try using our Foaming Bottle for a great foaming effect.

In the garden

Mix up a Mild solution of soap nuts/water (3-4 Soap Nut shells with 1 litre hot water.) Spraying the mild solution on garden plants can help keep some parasites away.

Pet cleaner

Mix up a mild solution (3-4 soap nut shells with 1 litre hot water.) PLEASE KEEP AWAY FROM THE EYES (can also be useful for prevention of parasites).

Delicates Handwashing solution

Place 6-8 half shells in 500ml boiling water. Allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes and add essential oils if desired. Add to sink/bucket and use to soak and hand wash delicates.



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