Soap Nuts!

Did you know you can clean your clothes with fruit? Yes, it’s true, I’m not a crazy person, just bear with me for a moment. Soap nuts (technically they are a berry) are the fruit of a tree that grows in the Himalayas. The nuts have  natural cleaning properties.

The outer shell contains saponin, a natural substance known for its ability to cleanse and wash. They aren’t new either, they have been used for centuries to clean fabrics. They are just new to North America and Europe.

Here is why they are so awesome,

They are:

*100% natural, just dried fruit

*Totally biodegradable

* Safe for septic and grey water systems

*Low sudsing- this is what you need for high efficiency washing machines

I bought a sample pack from Amazon to try out and you know what? They really are amazing. My clothes seemed just as clean as they would with regular detergent. The “nuts” are unscented so you clothes won‘t have that “laundry“ smell. This is good if you are sensitive or have allergies. If you prefer a light fragrance on your clean laundry you can add specially made oils to the wash.

The nuts come in a little linen drawstring bag. You just toss the bag in with the load and they work their magic. Once the nuts run out of cleaning power you can simply toss them in your compost. Have you ever tried soap nuts?

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