Soap Nuts

May, 15, 2012

Here at home we exclusively use soap nuts for our laundry. So what is a soap nut? Soap nuts actually are a fruit from a bush native in India and Nepal. The outer shell of the soap nut contains saponin, a natural substance known for its ability to cleanse and wash. (That’s what makes them so GREAT for cleaning your laundry!) And here’s a cool fact: soap nuts are not a new concept; they have been used to clean all kinds of fabric for centuries

  • Soap nuts are 100% natural
  • They are organic, free of harsh chemical, making the perfect for sensitive skins including babies.
  • They are 100% biodegradable so better for the environment than regular detergent. After the nuts are done just throw them into the compost.
  • They’re antimicrobial, so they’re good for septic and greywater systems
  • They work!!! We use them on everything including solid diapers and they clean every time.
  • They are cost efficient because five soaps nuts can be used for 3-4 loads of laundry, so one bag of soap nuts will last a really long time.

To use place 4-6 nuts in cotton muslin bag and tie the bag up. Place bag with laundry. There will be no bubbles and the smell is like apple cider vinegar. If you like a nicer smell, just add a few drops of essential oils such as lavender or vanilla. After a while the soap nuts will look mushy grey and that’s when it’s time to discard them and use some new.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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