One of our favorite ways to make the laundry routine more responsible is to integrate soap nuts for natural and zero-waste washing.
The act of washing can be very polluting, since harsh chemicals are used and excess waste is produced. Washing nuts are a sustainable option that creates only compostable waste.
Below we detail what they are, what they do, how to use them and why you should choose this natural washing option.
What are soap nuts?
Soap nuts grow on the Sapindus Mukorossi tree that is native to warmer climates such as India and Nepal. It is a berry that contains saponin, a natural cleaning agent. The saponin is 100% natural and can be used to replace many chemically altered toxic household products.
For centuries before people were using soap nuts to naturally clean their clothes. They are chemical-free and nontoxic, a natural way to clean garment and fabrics.
What do soap nuts do?
Soap nuts act as a natural detergent, removing dirt, oils, and other stains. Also, they are antimicrobial and kill bacteria in a sustainable way; our washing machine is full of bacteria and can only be eliminated through hot water, bleach and microwave radiation, but these options are not sustainable. Soap nuts are inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and much more energy efficient than these other options.
Alternatively, its mildness will keep colors bright, maintaining fabric structure of the garments for longer periods.
How to use soap nuts in the laundry?
Place 3-4 soap nuts in a muslin bag, make sure to close it and put the bag in the washing machine together with your clothes. You can wash as usual and choose the water temperature (cold, warm or hot). After washing, remove the small bag from the machine and let dry naturally, you can reuse them up to three times. You can dry your clothes as you usually would.
More information about soap nuts…
- Soap nuts do not have a strong smell. If you want to add some additional fragrance we recommend adding essential oils into your washing machine.
- People who are allergic to nuts can safely use them as they are berries and do not cause allergies.
- People who have sensitive skin can use soap nuts and are recommended for washing baby clothes since they are so gentle and natural.