In an effort to branch out my ‘clean’ journey, I’ve been using soap nuts to replace laundry detergent over the past couple of months. I know what you’re thinking…what the heck is a soap nut? Honestly, I was skeptical at first too. What are these things and how can a nut get my clothes clean?
First, a bit of a history lesson. Soap nuts (also known as soapberries) are actually not nuts, but are fruits that grow on trees in Nepal and India. They are natural, biodegradable, and petroleum-free. You put a handful in a cloth bag (usually comes with the nuts when you buy them) and just throw them in with your laundry. You can use 4 or 5 nuts for up to 5 loads. They are available at health food stores but you can also find them online.
I have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Not only are my clothes clean, but they smell nice and fresh (not like the fake chemical ‘clean’ smells from regular laundry detergents). Plus you save tons of money and feel much better about yourself and the environment! The brand I’ve been using is Earth Basics and I ordered them on Amazon, but there are many other brands as well.
There are so many other uses for these magical nuts also. You can make a liquid detergent, use them in your dishwasher, as an all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, shampoo, body and face wash, insect repellent, to clean your pets, to clean your jewellery, and to wash your car. Wow! Looks like I’ll have to try some of these other uses for them also!
Something I’ve found when trying new beauty and cleaning products is that the ‘cleaner’ they are, the less ‘suds’ they produce. I think that we’ve all be so used to associating clean with suds that if something doesn’t produce suds we don’t think it actually cleans properly. It’s just something that we have to reprogram in our brains. Lesson of the day: Suds do not equal clean!
Give these crazy nuts a try. I’d love to know your thoughts!
Have a happy Sunday!