Natural Laundry Care: Soap Nuts
I recently did a post about Wool Dryer Balls. You probably knew about them already. BUT did you know about SOAP NUTS?!
Seriously, they are from nature. They are little nuts. And they SUDS! Crazy and amazing! (But actually I am probably just thousands of years behind haha!)
Anyhow I started using these in my weekly laundry. Every week I do a load of whites with bleach including sheets, plus a load of casuals and miscellaneous kitchen towels. I’m not super particular. (Confession) You put a few of these soap nuts into a little drawstring pouch they come with and toss it in the washer. That’s it! I do recommend the suggestion to let them soak in warm water first, though.
I have been using these for a while now, about 3 months. I have no complaints about my clothes! My clothes are generally not soiled. They are just ‘dirty’ from being worn. For that application, these work great. They come out smelling fresh, but without a scent, if that makes sense?
The only think I have noticed is washing mymakeup removing cloths: They never seem to get 100% clear of the dark eyeliner or mascara marks. They aren’t dirty when they come out that if you rubbed your face with them you would get old make up on you. But the ‘stain’ isn’t fully removed. You may need a stronger detergent for these. Or maybe I just need to add more soapnuts!
I’m still learning how many soapnuts to use at a time, but I liked one suggestion of just adding a new one to the bag each time you do laundry. (Initially you put several in) So you’ll have a fresh sudsy one, a few that are still sudsing but just a bit, and probably a couple that are done sudsing down at the bottom. Just a guess.
DH still does some separate loads of laundry with commercial products.
Would you switch to more natural products? Would you try these soapnuts? Or soapberries. Whatever you call them?!
Right now I’m really liking them and don’t see any reason to switch back!
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