Wash the clothes:
Just put 3 to 6 SoapNut shells (4 to 8 half shells) into an un-bleached cotton bag (provided free with each pack of "Sindhiya SoapNuts" ) or in a sock, tie it tightly and pop the bag in the washing machine with your clothes. The number of shells required depends on your wash load and whether you are using hot or cold water. They are suitable at any temperature, pre-wash or rinse cycles and on delicate fabrics, and can be used for more than one wash (up to 4 or more washes, according to your load. You will get more washes if using cold water. It is advisable to use more shells for a heavily soiled wash load). You don't need to add any other detergent or fabric softener! The smell of the clothes washed with SoapNuts is absolutely natural. However, if you prefer scented laundry, simply sprinkle a few drops of essential oil on the bag of SoapNuts: choose from lavender, rose, orange, lemongrass, eucalyptus or any other favorite essential oil – the variety of fragrances is nearly infinite.
If you are not using the SoapNut shells on the same day, keep them in the bag/sock in a jar of water until you have finished with them (after the fourth/sixth wash load), then discard any remains directly into your compost or wormfarm. What’s left is a load of clean clothes and nothing else! That’s the way laundry should be. Much like clean water, clean laundry should not contain toxic chemical residues.
Use as a bathing liquid soap and shampoo for allergic or sensitive skins:
SoapNuts are 100% natural and gentle on the skin, thus an excellent choice for those who have sensitive skin or suffer from neurodermatitis. People who suffer from skin allergies will benefit from using SoapNuts, as clothes which are cleaned with SoapNuts do not irritate the skin. The SoapNuts may be used for bathing instead of normal soap or medicated soap, which contain chemicals. To make bathing liquid, put 100 grams of Soapnut shells in a pot with at least 2 litres of water. Cover the pot and bring to the boil. REMOVE THE LID and simmer for at least 20 to 30 minutes. The boiling process extracts the saponins from the SoapNut shells and combines them with the water. Let the liquid cool until it is safe to handle, then strain into an appropriate container (glass is best as most plastics leach toxic chemicals into their contents). Now your liquid soap is ready for use and you can use it for bathing as well as shampoo or all cleaning purposes, including your pet’s washing soap.
Use as a shampoo:
SoapNut suds are used as shampoo which not only washes your hair, but also cares for it, treating dandruff and leaving your hair silky and healthy. People with a sensitive scalp and those who suffer from skin allergies especially benefit from the use of SoapNut suds to wash their hair because it is 100% natural and does not contain any kind of chemical additives. Therefore, it will not irritate the scalp! SoapNut shampoo is the perfect treatment for lice and other kinds of hair diseases. Women of south Asian countries have used this type of natural shampoo since the stone ages. SoapNuts shampoo will make your hair strong, silky and healthy. SoapNuts shampoo does not damage your hair or skin and can be used regularly.
SoapNuts are used medicinally as an expectorant, emetic, contraceptive and for treatment of excessive salivation, epilepsy, chlorosis and migraines. Studies show that saponin from SoapNuts inhibits tumor cell growth. SoapNuts are among the list of herbs and minerals in many Ayurvedic remedies. They are a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic shampoos and cleaners. They are used in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for eczema, psoriasis and for removing freckles. SoapNuts have gentle insecticidal properties and are traditionally used for removing lice from the scalp. SoapNuts are antimicrobial and are beneficial for septic systems and grey water systems. SoapNuts are used in the remediation of contaminated soil.
SoapNuts can heal cracked heels:
SoapNut liquid is fabulous for cracked heels. Just make a multipurpose liquid by boiling the SoapNuts as described above and wash your feet 2 or 3 times a day. Within 7 days you will notice a vast improvement. SoapNut liquid is naturally moisturising and gentle on your skin, so washing in the liquid regularly helps to soften your skin and prevent cracked heels and rough, dry hands.
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