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Soap Nuts are just that - nuts. They grow wild in Nepal and India and are a natural source of Saponin - the part of soap powder that does the cleaning. They come from a bush or tree in Nepal. The bush grows wild and the nuts can be harvested easily to provide a completely renewable resource. The ultimate in Green washing products!
I just found these on Ebay and they are so easy to use! To use them you take about half a dozen shells and chuck them in a draw string cotton bag. Bung the bag in the washing machine drum with your dirty washing and set it going. They don't smell of anything so I add a few drops of lavender to the bag and my washing smells of lavender.
Soap nuts have no added chemicals and so are great for my son who has excema.
I have struggled with the fact that they have no bleaching agents or optical brighteners so I alternate them with powder. So I do all the washing for a month with soap nuts and then the following month with sensitive skin powder. The combination deals with stains and the soap nut month cleans out any powder residue that affects the excema.
I've been very impressed with these. They work out cheaper than the powder for a month and can be used for all sorts of cleaning round the house. I've used them to bath the cat, wash the car, clean the floor and now apparently if I make some juice by cooking some up in water - it can be sprayed on my plants as an anti greenfly spray. I'll be interested to see how well it works.
Soapnuts grow (wild-crafted) on trees in India; the shells contain Saponin a natural ... more
soap.Soap nuts are a great eco-friendly product, free of synthetic chemicals, fragrances, toxins, and most of all, the fillers that are used in commercial detergent. They're just as powerful as standard detergent, and perhaps more so since they come from a natural source. While you won't see big bubbles of suds in the washer, the cleaning solution is pure and will remove grime and dirt from your laundry in a natural way.Each 500g of soap nuts is packed in a muslin bag with small wash bag and washing instructions.How do I use soap nuts as a laundry detergent?Place 4 or 8 soap nuts in the small muslin bag, tie it closed, and throw it into the drum of your washing machine along with the articles of clothing that need washing. You can reuse this batch for 4 loads or more. The soap nuts will be mushy and grey when they need to be thrown away or composted. Alternatively, you can use 3 tablespoons (45ml) of soap nuts liquid detergent per large load of laundry. Soap nuts are perfect for all washing machines as they do not create many suds! Soap nuts liquid can go in the detergent drawer. For sweat stains, rub lemon juice or white vinegar on the garment before washing. If you wish, add a scoop of washing soda in the detergent drawer (to help with grease and protect the machine). For washes of 30°C or lower soak the soap nuts in the muslin bag in hot water for a few minutes. This will help to release saponin for the best results. At the end of the day it is through trial and error that you find what works best for you.All order received by 2pm are dispatched the same day via 1st class Royal Mail.If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email
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which have the ability to clean and wash. When in contact with water, it creates a mild suds, which is similar to soap. Washing nuts can be used for cleaning basically anything, from washing clothes, as a liquid soap, cleaning and shining ornaments, household cleaner etc. Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. It will leave your laundry fresh and clean and compared to other detergents, its mildness will keep colours bright, maintaining fabric structure of your clothes for longer periods. It can be used on all fabrics and at all temperatures. Soap nuts are allergy-free and hence are good for your skin especially good for babies, eczema and sensitive skin. This chemical free product is excellent for washing children's clothing. Soap nuts are both Ecological and Economical when compared to other forms of detergents. A brief on the Benefits of using soapnuts: Clearly cheaper than normal detergents. Environment friendly as soapnuts are 100% natural, they do not pollute our environment. Furthermore, soapnuts are considered renewable primary products. The soapnut trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Perfect for allergic persons, people with sensitive skin and people who suffer from neurodermatitis. Effective and gentle as Soapnuts clean dirty laundry very effectively and at the same time preserve the colour of your laundry better than chemical detergents. In Nepal, people wash even the finest silks using soapnuts. 100% biodegradable. Simply add the used soapnuts directly to your compost heap