Using Soap Nuts as a Chemical-Free Cleaning Solution


| 4/26/2016 2:55:00 PM


Tags: soap nuts, berries, home remedies, natural cleaning, laundry, Appalachia, Lydia Noyes, West Virginia,

What is a Soap Nut?

Technically a berry, soap nuts are considered to be an environmentally conscious alternative to chemical detergents and soaps. The berries come from a prolific tree that grows well in degraded environments where little else can grow. They are safe for allergies, free from any additives, and can be used to clean just about anything.

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Sound unbelievable? I thought so, too. I was completely skeptical that a few pieces of shell could get anything clean, much less my stinky running clothes that hadn't been washed in weeks. But I'm willing to try just about anything that promises to be a green solution, so I took a risk and ran a few loads of laundry with them.

How did the nuts work for me? After washing the stinky shirts and line drying them for a few hours, all traces of dirt and sweat smell were completely gone. My clothes smelled so good I could hardly believe the nuts had no added fragrance. Everything came out as well as when I use commercial detergents, and the nuts could be reused for many more loads.

Am I jumping on the soap nut bandwagon? Absolutely. Finding an environmental friendly, sustainably sourced cleaning product that is as fun and easy to use is rare, and soap nuts fit the bill.

Facts about Soap Nuts

The mukorossi tree berry is the most common soap nut sold in America. A native to China, this species has been thriving in India and Nepal for thousands of years. Mukorossi trees can live for over a century and produce prolific harvests of soap berries for over 80 years.


berb123
5/5/2016 4:51:33 AM

hi marie yes tree must b at least 18 thts wen my nuts were vry soapy lol n relly cleaned stuff ys lol


berb123
5/5/2016 4:50:14 AM

hi der @MLS Basics u get da soap nuts (dese nutz lol surry just a lil interwebz joke) so u get da soapy nutz like mine an u put dem in sink of warm soapy waterz then u soak dem and use ur hands or big spoooon to aggigatate them yeh thern u finalz load dem in washer alredy soapy soaked n agagated yeh u get me? also r u a woman ok if u not want say bvt I luk for woman also interested inn our bootiful mother nature lik me?? ok baby srry if langage nt gud I not native speker. tnx b to our lord mother earth,,,,?!"


berb123
5/5/2016 4:49:59 AM

hi der @MLS Basics u get da soap nuts (dese nutz lol surry just a lil interwebz joke) so u get da soapy nutz like mine an u put dem in sink of warm soapy waterz then u soak dem and use ur hands or big spoooon to aggigatate them yeh thern u finalz load dem in washer alredy soapy soaked n agagated yeh u get me? also r u a woman ok if u not want say bvt I luk for woman also interested inn our bootiful mother nature lik me?? ok baby srry if langage nt gud I not native speker. tnx b to our lord mother earth,,,,?!"


marie
5/4/2016 3:42:51 PM

How old does a tree have to be to produce the nuts? I'm thinking of planting one here in New Zealand.


veronicav
5/4/2016 8:18:35 AM

Sorry for no idea where that came from... The soap nuta work just fine in a front loader. You can make a spot treater by putting some nut in a spray bottle with hot water. Spray let sit and then wash. To be honest, unless your clothes are filthy, not a lot of detergent of any variety is necessary. The agitation is what forces the dirt out. Front loader do this by "flopping" the clothes around, similar action to slapping them against a rock to force the dirt out.


veronicav
5/4/2016 8:13:43 AM

The product it's self works just fine.  However the brush sucks.  I can't for the life of me get a crisp line with it.


mls
5/1/2016 8:32:16 PM

Wondering how these would work in an HE frontload washing machine. The key seems to be soaking and agitation...neither of which happens in a frontloader. Anyone have any input on this?


1garden
4/29/2016 2:38:52 PM

you know, I grew up using these nuts to shampoo my hair... the best soap and softest hair you can get!




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