How To Make Liquid Soap Nut Detergent Plus Video Review Of Soap Nuts
Here is a soap nut video review which explains how this woman uses this natural laundry product to clean her clothes.
Below it I have also shared how to make liquid soap nut detergent, for use in cold water, which is something she mentions but does not explain, in the video.
Basically, if you aren't familiar with soap nuts, they are berries from a certain kind of tree which contain a substance called "saponin" which is released into water when the berries are agitated, and helps to clean your clothes in the process, in place of commercially made laundry detergents.
Here is the video review:
In this video review the woman raises a couple of questions that I will answer, plus she makes a couple of points I will comment on further.
First, yes, you can use essential oils along with your soap nuts, to leave a fragrance in your washed clothes if you so desire. If you are wondering which ones are the best to use for laundry, you can check out my article on essential oils recipes for homemade laundry supplies which give some great ideas for blends of oils which work well on clothes.
In addition, the video reviewer is correct that these nuts work better in warm water to clean your clothes. That is because the warm water helps release the saponin from the berries. Therefore, if you wish to wash clothing in cold water with soap nuts you need to go through an additional step, which is to basically create your own liquid soap nuts laundry detergent.
To do this you can put 4-5 soap nuts in a cup of very hot water for approximately 3-5 minutes. It also helps to agitate the water some to help release saponin. Then, add both the water and the usual bag of soap nuts to your cold water wash, and wash as you normally do with soap nuts.
This extra step ensures that enough saponin is released into the water you are washing with to clean your clothes well, even if you use cold water. Since many people like to use cold water because it uses less energy, and therefore is environmentally friendlier, this may be a good way to use these berries to have the best of both worlds -- less energy use and natural laundry products.
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