Laundry - Recipes & Uses
Soapnuts can be safely used for children's clothing, nappies and bedding, as well as for washing their stuffed animal toys. The soapnuts will not leave a residue and will kill bacteria, microbes and dust mites.
The same can be said for pet bedding and blankets, leaving it residue free, clean and smelling fresh.
Basic Usage Instructions
Place 3-4 whole cracked shells (or equivalent in pieces) into a cotton bag or odd cotton sock, tie up or knot the top and place into the tub with your laundry. You can use the soapnut liquid if you prefer.
Remove the nuts after the cycle has finished and let dry (if there's time!) before your next load.
How Much to Use
The number of nuts you use depends on the size of your load and how dirty the items are, as well as the hardness of your water and efficiency of your machine.
For example, use four nuts for a large, dirty load, in an old washing machine using hard town water, and two to three nuts for a small or normal load in a modern machine using rainwater.
The temperature of the water is also a factor, as hot water will make the nuts release their surfactants quicker so you'll have to replace the nuts more frequently but the cleaning power will be stronger.
Washing your laundry in cold water is perfectly fine depending on how dirty your laundry load is. We recommend experimenting to find the best quantity required for your personal needs.
You can also use them for hand washing by putting them into your laundry tub and running water over them, then adding your clothes for a soak and hand wash. This method is perfect for very delicate garments and materials, as well as fleeces.
When to Discard
One lot of soapnuts can be reused until they lose their sticky, soapy feel and look pale and squishy on the inside, and are brittle when dry (4-6 times). When they are spent, throw them in the garden or compost.
Other Uses for Whole Soapnuts
Whole soapnuts can be used for much more than just laundry!
- Dish washing (place them into your sink or into a stocking in your sink and run water over them)
- Dishwashers (place soapnuts in a bag into the bottom of the cutlery holder)
- Washing the car (put soapnuts into a bucket, half fill with hot water and let steep for ten minutes or more, then wash car)
Let us know what other uses you find!