Soap Nuts – Nature’s Laundry Detergent!

Soap nuts at Wall Flower Studio

The botanical name of a soap nut is Sapindus Mukorossi. They’re not actually a nut, but a berry! Grown and harvested India, they’re a completely renewable product. Soap nuts contain saponin, a natural detergent used for cleaning clothes and other washables.

When I first read about them,  admittedly I became very curious to learn more, and was determined to try them. To be honest, I figured they’d turn out to be nothing more that snake oil and that I was likely throwing  my money away, but that was just not the case… They really work.

Just a few nuts can be placed in a cotton drawstring bag in with a wash-load and reused several times. Soap nuts are safe for washing silk, woolens and other delicate fabrics.

One small cotton bag of soap nuts will clean 5 – 7 loads of laundry. The soap nuts end up somewhat mushy and turn a grey-ish colour when they’ve reached the end…

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