So I received some soap nuts and a coconut scrub pad from Buy Soap Nuts. Soap nuts are a nut from a tree to put it plainly. They are harvested as nuts and can be used in your laundry in place of laundry detergent and fabric softener. You can also make then into a liquid form. When in a liquid form it can be used for cleaning, liquid hand soap, shampoo, mosquito repellent, and much more. Here is the recipe:
To Make Soap nuts Liquid:
Boil approximately 12-15 whole soapnuts with 6 cups of water for 30 minutes. When it is boiled down, you will have about 4c. of liquid left. Add extra water, if needed, to keep it at that amount. When cooled, remove the soap nuts, and pour the liquid into an airtight plastic or glass jar. It is better to make the liquid in smaller batches as it can spoil. Experiment with making liquid to see if you prefer a more concentrated version, using 3 cups water instead of 6 cups. Some prefer the concentrated liquid for hand washing and shampoo.
To make liquid from soap nuts powder, add 1/4c powder to 6 cups of water and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the sediment, or use as is. Store in an plastic or glass jar.
NEW!!! You can also freeze the liquid in ice cube trays as well. Depending on the size of each ice cube, use two or three per load of laundry. If each ice cube holds about 1Tbsp, use two ice cubes.
To use Soap nuts as they are in the laundry you place 4 Soap Nuts in the small muslin bag, tie it closed, and throw it into the drum of your washing machine along with your articles of clothing that need washing. You can reuse this batch for 4 or 5 loads of laundry. The soap nuts will be mushy and gray when they need to be composted for your garden. Alternatively, you can use 3Tbsp (45mL) of soapnuts liquid detergent per large load of laundry.
Soapnuts are perfect for HE and front load washers as they do not create many suds! Just remember to put whole soapnuts in the drum of the machine. Soapnuts liquid can go in the detergent drawer. They are a very economical to use, they work great in cold water and you don't need fabric softener! I love that. I didn't really believe it until I tried it!
The coconut scrub pad that I also got to try out is awesome. Its hard to find scrubbers for your dishes that are not plastic or something you need to throw out every few days! This coconut scrub pad is holding up super! It doesn't have any smell to it after using for about 2 weeks and looks good as new still. Its just made from coconut coir fiber bound together by a non-toxic adhesive. Great stuff!
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