Hi guys! Today I’ve got a quick post on a soap nuts which I have been using to wash my laundry. I’ve found that using soap nuts seems to be the easiest and most cost-effective way to wash laundry, especially if you put 2-3 loads on a week like me! There are physical natural laundry detergents (in liquid form) on the market and you can actually make your own laundry detergent using castile soap and borax but I’ve opted for soap nuts and I will tell you why.
What are soap nuts?
Soap nuts are the shells of dried fruit and they are a form of natural soap. The natural soap found in this fruit is called saponin and it works as a surfactant. Saponin gets deep into the fibres of our clothes, removing stains and leaving the dirt floating around in the water which gets rinsed away.
They don’t pollute the environment and they do not contain harmful chemicals so it’s great for sensitive skin. They would also be great for babies, people with allergies, eczema and psoriasis. Furthermore soap nuts do not need to be sprayed with pesticides because bugs to not like the taste of them.
How to use soap nuts to wash your laundry?
I got the Salveo Soap Nuts 1kg bag which retails for £4.99 and I think delivery is £2.99. It came with 2 small muslin pull string bags. I pop about 5-7 shells in the bag, draw it close and pop it in a bowl with hot/boiling water for 3 minutes to loosen up the soap. Then I chuck it in with my dirty clothes into the washing machine.
You can reuse the same shells until they go grey. They usually last me 4-5 washes before I grab for another 5-7 shells.
Why use soap nuts?
- Economical – I’ve had my 1kg bag for 6 months at least and it’s still 2/3 full. So it is very very economical. Shop bought natural laundry detergents can be quite expensive, especially when you do 2-3 loads of laundry a week like me.
- It’s great for sensitive skin – as this is a natural form of mild soap, I can have fresh clean clothes without the added chemicals and irritation. I have personally found that many traditional laundry detergents such as Lenor tend to irritate my skin or break my arms out into an ugly rash. Just a warning that soap nuts do not have artificial foaming which doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not cleaning your clothes. Traditional detergents, soaps, cleansers and body washes have been marketed to build up this idea that foam indicates good cleaning power but this is not true.
- Your clothes last longer – Because soap nuts are so mild, they do not wear out your clothing as much as chemical detergents do. One of the reasons that clothes tends to look old very quickly is due to the chemical detergents that we use to wash our clothes. Soap nuts go gentle on our threads which means we also save money on clothes because they will last longer.
- Doubles up as a fabric conditioner – soap nuts make my clothes softer than detergent and fabric conditioners. I find that I do not always have to use fabric conditioners if I am using soap nuts because it conditions my clothes in a way. You won’t be left with a scent like traditional fabric conditioner leaves you with. However sometimes for delicates I like to use a eco friendly fabric conditioner in conjunction with the soap nuts.
- Easy to use – Before I started using soap nuts I was looking into DIY laundry detergents using castile soap, borax and essential oils. However it all seemed like a lot of work for someone who is always busy me and like I said before, I do 2-3 loads of washing a week so I would go through this very quickly. With soap nuts you skip the DIY mess and just chuck it into the washing machine with your clothing.
So that about raps up why I have been loving using soap nuts to wash my clothes. It’s super cheap, it’s easy and it is gentle on my clothes and my skin. Traditional detergents can be filled with propylene glycol which can cause rashes and other allergic reactions. It’s crazy but a lot of conventional detergents also contain a neurotoxin called diethylene glycol which can mess with your neurological system, can cause learning delays, and brain damage! Even if you don’t like using soap nuts, it’s a good idea to switch up your laundry detergent and fabric conditioner.
Until next time!