Soap nuts as detergents and
Soap nuts are a type of berry
native to India, Nepal and other South Asian countries. The larger
variety of soap nuts (Sapindus Mukorrosi) is widely used as a
natural detergent and cleaning aid all over the world. The saponins
in soap nuts make them an excellent detergent and cleaning aid.
Saponins are natures cleansing
agents that act like soap when they come in contact with water.
The saponins dissolves in the water and function as detergents.
The soap nuts allow water to penetrate well into the fabric thereby
washing and cleaning them. The dirt is attached to the surfactant
which is then drained along with the water.
How to use soap nuts for
In order to use soap nuts for
laundry purposes, 4-6 soap nut shells will be required. The soap
nut shells should be taken and tied together in small muslin
bag (supplied with most soap nuts orders), and tossed into the
washing machine. Now you can add your clothes and do your normal
laundry cycle. This set of soap nuts can be used for 4 to 5 loads
of laundry. The soap nuts should be changed when they become
grayish or mushy. It is advisable to allow the soap nuts to dry
between successive loads of laundry. The soap nut bag should
be removed before running the clothes in the dryer.
To make a liquid solution, 100
grams of soap nuts, (or approximately30-35 whole soap nuts) should
be boiled in approximately 3L of water for about 20 to 30 minutes.
A liquid will be obtained which is a chemical free, concentrated
soap nut solution; a natural aid to all your laundry detergent
needs. The shells that are left over may be added to your compost.
Then 45 ml of this solution (approximately 3 tablespoons) can
be used for a load of laundry. The solution made with 100 grams
of soap nuts can be used for washing approximately 40 loads of
laundry and will cost you less than $10!
Benefits of using soap nuts
as laundry detergents
Soap nuts help maintain the
bright colors of the fabric and prevent fading with each wash.
Soap nuts can be used to wash the most delicate fabrics such
as silks and woolen garments without causing any harm to them.
Clothes washed with soap nuts
come out feeling very soft eliminating the need to use additional
The use of soap nuts does not
cause any allergic reactions as it is completely natural and
chemical free. They are ideal for people with allergies, eczema,
dermatitis and sensitive skin.
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