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Laundry soap nuts

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This listing is for 1oz of soap nuts & 1 muslin bag. 

To use:

Leave the nuts in the bag
3-4 small load
5-6 medium
7-8 large
Before your first put them in a jar with hot water & shake them around!
Dump water & soap nuts (inside of the bag into washer)
The can be used up to 6-10 times
They can be left in the washer but you may want to change the amount based on load size!
They can go in the dryer!
You’ll know it’s time for composting when they change to a lighter grayish color & stop producing the sudsy component!


What are soap nuts?

Soap nuts are actually the dried shells (or husks) from the soapberry nut, which come from the Sapindus mukorossi tree—a unique species of trees found in both the eastern and western hemispheres, but native to the tropical conditions of India and Nepal. Even though they are called nuts, they are actually dried berries, making them a safe option for people with nut allergies

How do soap nuts work?

The shells of the soap nut contain a natural soap, called Saponin.  When the nut shells absorb water, the saponin is released, which creates a soaping effect.  Saponin is 100% natural and biodegradable, making it an excellent alternative to chemical detergents.  These environmentally friendly “nuts” are becoming an increasingly popular choice to launder clothes for those who want to avoid conventional detergents that contaminate our water supplies and are often harsh on the skin.

While greener or homemade detergents are a safer alternative to conventional ones, they do still produce waste.  Soap nuts, on the other hand, are used completely and then can be composted, leaving no waste behind.  Saponin tastes bad to insects, meaning pesticides are generally not needed to grow the nuts, which makes them an even safer choice for your family and the environment.