Date Posted: 7 February 2019
HOW TO MAKE THE IDEAL WOOL & DELICATES LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Soap nuts are dried fruit shells that contain real, natural soap, called saponin; they are 100% natural, non-polluting, sustainable, compostable, organic and vegan; no chemicals are needed. They are fabulous for all allergy sufferers, sensitive skin and can be used as a natural laundry detergent.
I have been using soap nuts for years, and lots of you have been asking me how I utilise them.
The traditional method says to put around 5-6 shells of soap nuts inside a small bag or one of your socks, and then place into your washing-machine drum. After 4-5 washes, you simply compost the shells and replace with new ones. To be honest, I'm not completely satisfied with this method. I found a better way, and this is my 'recipe'.
50 gr Soap Nuts
600 ml Water
How To Prepare:
Put 50 grams of soap nuts into a pan with half a litre of water. Mix and simmer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool, then strain the liquid. Transfer into a bottle and store it in the fridge.
You can compost used soap nuts, if you wish.
Your detergent is ready to use. It looks just like apple juice!
How To Use:
Pour around 50/60 ml into the main wash compartment of the drawer or a dosing ball and pop it on the top of your clothes.
As your laundry-nuts liquid is entirely natural and free of preservatives, it has to be stored in the fridge. Storage time is approximately up to 3 weeks.
I recommend that you do not produce too large a quantity and also that you put a label on the bottle in case someone, finding the bottle in the fridge, mistakes it for apple juice and drinks it!
This detergent is perfect for fabrics like fleece, silk and wool - which become soft and nice - or for coloured loads and delicates that require only a gentle wash. I suggest washing these fabrics at 30degrees or in COLD water, a great habit of saving energy too.
You can find more DIY recipes in my book!