HOW TO USE SOAPNUTS FOR WASHING LAUNDRY
1. Put 5 - 7 soapnut shells/or equivalent half shells into the muslin washbag, tie bag securely. You can also use a bag clip to secure the washbag.
2. (Optional step) Place washbag into jar with warm water for 3 minutes. This helps to release the soap.
3. Load laundry into machine, place soaked washbag into drum of the washing machine with clothes. Wash clothes as directed by fabric care instructions.
4. Save used shells, as they can be reused up to FOUR more times.
The same washbag of soapnuts can be re-used 3 - 4 times. Exhausted soapnut shells start to break up in the bag. When soapnuts reach this stage compost them. When the saponin/soap is completely exhausted from the soapnuts, simply throw them in your garden to ward off slugs and snails or put it in your green recycling/bin or food waste. Soapnuts are 100% biodegardable and compostable.
Soapnuts are totally organic and as stated earlier, a mild insecticide. It is safe, even beneficial to put your greay waste water from your washing machine on your garden. The residual soap/saponin in the grey water will ward of any insects. As a guide your washing machine uses about 50 litres (12 gallons!) of water per wash, which you can collect and save loads of money and the environment.
ARE SOAPNUTS SAFE FOR THOSE WITH NUT ALLERGIES?
Absolutely! They are actually hypoallergenic. They are a fruit related to the lychee, so there is no need to worry for those with nut allergies. In fact they are great for anyone with allergies! Using Living Naturally Soapnut Shells as a washing detergent and/or multi-purpose cleaner will help reduce your exposure to toxins and harmful chemicals will hopefully reduce symptoms.
ARE SOAPNUTS SAFE FOR THOSE WITH SENSITIVE SKIN?
Absolutely! Living Naturally Soapnut Shells are highly recommended for those with allergies or sensitive skin. They are 100% natural, free of synthetic chemicals and are hypoallergenic. Soapnuts are great for anyone who is sensitive to the dyes, perfumes and chemicals used in most commercial detergents and cleansers. Most people who are irritated by such commercial products find soapnuts their ideal solution. Some people have seen their eczema and psoriasis clear up as a result of using them.
IF THE SOAP NUTS STAY IN THE WASH THROUGH THE RINSE CYCLE, DON'T THEY KEEP RELEASING SOAP?
No, as most rinse cycles use cold water. Soapnuts release very little saponin during the cold water rinse cycle. If you are mainly washing your clothes in 30.C or les, we recommend using soapnut liquid (we sell a concentrated liquid and you can also make your own from boiling the soanuts), soapnut powder or soapnut laundry tabs
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I SHOULD CONCERN MYSELF WITH WHEN USING SOAPNUTS?
As with other cleaners, the only thing that we highly recommend is that soapnuts (in all forms) should be kept out of reach of children and pets. Soap nuts are not consumable and may be harmful if eaten. Given their date-like appearance in raw shell form, a bag of soapnuts could look like food to a child or pet. Also because they contain soap/saponin, as with all soap products keep away from eyes. If soapnut liquid/powder goes into your eyes, rinse out with cold water immediately.