I had been searching for years, for a natural and affordable laundry detergent option. A few years back a friend recommended soap nuts to me. I had ordered a 1 lb bag from Amazon for $15. I followed some simple directions that I found online to toss 3-5 soap nuts in a small muslin bag and throw it in with your laundry in lieu of detergent. After 3-5 washes, you should throw away those few soap nuts and add new ones and repeat. Simple Enough-right?
Well, I did this method for about 6 months-and ALL of our laundry started to feel a little grimy. Totally gross. So I gave up on soap nuts for a LONG time (years!). I hung on to the soap nuts (I had about half a bag left) Flash forward until a few months ago. I was reading a blog that was raving about soap nuts. They went into the why/how they work and explained that HOT water was needed to release the saponin to make them work like soap/detergent. So if you didn’t wash your clothes in hot water (which I don’t), then the soapnuts wouldn’t work. But an alternative is to boil the soap nuts with water and make a liquid. I tried it, and we have happily been using soap nuts in replacement of our laundry detergent for several months now!
But an alternative to using soap nuts wihtout washing in hot water, is to boil the soap nuts with water and make a liquid. I tried it, and we have happily been using soap nuts in replacement of our laundry detergent for several months now!
Here is my Recipe/instructions for liquid soap nut detergent
4-6 soap nuts (I order mine from Mountain Rose Herb, but Amazon sells them as well)
16 cups water (total)
- simmer soap nuts with 8 cups of water, after 15 minutes, add the second 8 cups of water and simmer for another 15-30 minutes. Strain the soap nut liquid. Throw away the soap nuts. Store in a glass container in the fridge. Use about 1/4 cup per load of laundry.
I store mine in glass jars or pint size mason jars. I refrigerate until a new jar is needed and then just keep one jar at room temperature.