How to use Soap Nuts

How to use Soap Nuts

  1. Laundry
  • Add 4-6 soap nuts in the wash bag, place in the washer.
  • Wash as usual, with cold, warm or hot water. After washing, remove the bag and let them dry.
  • Soap nuts may be reused up to 10 times until shells become soft and grey, then they can be composted.
  1. Dish soap
  • Boil 12 soap nuts in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes.
  • You can add a few drops of essential oil which will provide a fresh, pleasant scent.
  1. Shampoo
  • Add 5 soap nuts in the wash bag and place it into 2 cups of boiling water. Reduce the heat, simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add one cup of water, and 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Simmer for 10 minutes, turn off stove.  Let it cool.
  • Squeeze out the bag until it produces a foamy liquid; rinse with cool water and squeeze it into a bottle.
  • To use, massage a small amount into your hair for 5 minutes and rinse well. You can also use this shampoo for a liquid body wash or face wash.

  1. Household cleaner
  • Boil 15 soap nuts in 4 cups purified or distilled water. Cover it and allow it to simmer for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Let it completely cool, then strain out the soap nuts with a strainer. The liquid that remains is a soap nut concentrate, which can be used as a chemical-free household cleaner.
  • To use, simply mix 1 cup of the soap nut concentrate with 2 tablespoons distilled water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a BPA-free spray bottle.
  1. Bug repellent
  • Boil 12 soap nuts in 2 cups of water in 10 minutes.
  • Adding a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil for extra bug-fighting power.


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