Deseeded soap nuts are not actually nuts at all. They are actually called soap berries. They are a medium-sized berry that grows naturally on a tree called the Sapindus mukorossi, which is native to Nepal and India. They form a hard, nut-like shell when harvested and dried out, hence where their name is derived. Unlike conventional laundry detergents, which are loaded with a long list of toxic ingredients and industrial cleaners, soap nuts are rich in saponin, a natural soap. When submerged in water, the saponin is secreted. As compared to standard laundry detergent, the cleaning effects are as good if not better. But what’s not left over is residue from toxic chemicals that can irritate the skin and create allergic reactions.
What To Look For
When looking for deseeded soap nuts, you always want to look for certified organic providers. This way you can assure that no pesticides or other toxic agents were used in the production of these soap berries. You also want to assure that you are getting Sapindus Trifoliatus as opposed to Sapindus Mukorossi soap nuts. This is because the latter are smaller and produce far less saponin, meaning that you will get far fewer uses and laundry loads from them. What’s more, beware of exaggerated load scams. A lot of companies will try to sell you the Sapindus Mukorossi, and then make claims that they get as many loads. They simply do not. Only Sapindus Trifoliatus, the larger version of this berry, will give you as many loads as promised. So don’t be fooled when shopping for organic and deseeded soap nuts. There is a big difference. You can use the link provided to find a certified organic seller, so you can save some time on research.
How They Help Clean Your Clothes
Since soap nuts contain a natural form of soap, as explained above, saponin, they a natural cleaner. When mixed with water in your laundry, they form a silky lather and the saponin goes to work to clean the fabrics and remove dirt, oil, grease and grime. Furthermore, the saponin also is a natural fabric softener, so there’s no need to add other chemicals to your laundry just to get softer clothing. A small amount of these soap nuts can cover your laundry for several loads, making them both economical and environmentally friendly.
How To Use Them To Do Your Laundry
To use soap nuts, here’s all that you need to do. Make sure you have certified organic soap nuts first that are of the highest quality and purity before you get started.
- Step one: Place the soap nuts in a muslin bag. Four to six nuts is all that you will need.
- Step two: Place the bag in the washer with your clothing and run the load.
- Step three: Remove the soap nuts bag and let it dry out (you can reuse it several times before having to replace the soap nuts).
- Step four: Dry your clothes as you normally would but do not use dryer sheets; the soap nuts are natural fabric softener.
That’s it. Once your muslin bag has dried out, you can reuse it on your next load. Once you see how clean, fresh and soft your clothing is, you will never go back. Even better, you will quickly realize how many laundry loads that you get and how much money you are saving while be more conscious about our environment. And that’s a tune we can all hum along to.