Uses of SoapNut shells:
How do SoapNuts clean your laundry?
The process by which SoapNuts clean your clothes is naturally quite simple. The SoapNut shells contain natural saponin (natures own 100% natural detergent) that works as a surfactant, making the water "wetter" and allowing it to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, working away the dirt, keeping it in suspension in the water until it’s drained away, taking the dirt with it. SoapNut shells are natural, organic and environmentally friendly. They are a natural alternative to all kinds of detergents, soaps, cleaners and shampoos and are ideal as a chemical free natural detergent in washing machines.
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.
Use as a liquid soap to wash your pets:
Wash your dog, cat, horse, rabbit, guinea pig, indeed any animals with SoapNut liquid and give them the benefit of a healthy coat free from the aggravation of chemicals. The SoapNut liquid is antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial so fleas and ticks will naturally be repelled, as will annoying mosquitoes! Your animals will love you for it!
All-purpose cleaning agent:
A SoapNut mulitpurpose liquid soap may also be used as your floor cleaner, for cleaning the stove and benches in your kitchen, in the bathroom for cleaning your bath and sink and also as a toilet cleaner. It is the best choice of cleaning agent in and around your home because it has the power to fight against germs naturally, without using damaging and harmful chemicals!
Squeeze the juice from half a lemon in your SoapNuts decoction, soak a toothbrush in this liquid and rub your jewelry. In South Asian countries, people have used SoapNuts to clean their Jewels, Precious stones and Gold and Precious ornaments for centuries.
Moisten or water your house plants and garden with the SoapNuts liquid and let them take advantage of the saponin to repel organisms such as aphids. No nasty chemical sprays to damage your plants or poison your food crop. SoapNuts are a 100% natural pesticide.
Wash or coat exposed parts of your body with the SoapNuts liquid mixed with a few drops of Citronella essential oil to ward off insects. Mosquitoes are repelled by the smell of saponin and will stay away. To try it is to adopt it! Your beloved children may sleep with a coating of SoapNut liquid that is harmless to their sensitive bodies. Now you can relax, knowing that they are protected naturally from mosquitoes.
Throw a few SoapNut shells in with your automatic dishwasher and clean your dishes without harmful chemicals!!
SoapNuts are successfully used in dishwashers. They do not, however, act as a scrubbing agent, so it is advisable to rinse your dishes of food particles first. The saponin has a repressive effect on fungal and bacterial growth, so your dishes and cutlery will be thoroughly cleaned without any chemical residue. Put 4 to 5 SoapNuts in the cutlery basket inside the dishwasher and then pour white vinegar into the rinse aid compartment.
How to perform a SoapNut decoction:
Bring 15-20 SoapNut shells to the boil in 1 liter water and boil for 20-30 minutes. Leave it to cool down and then strain the liquid into a glass jar/bottle. The decoction is now ready for use ! To obtain a higher saponin-concentrate decoction of SoapNuts, use more SoapNut shells per 1 litre of water, or use SoapNut shells that you have not yet used in the washing machine.
This concoction can also be made to do your laundry. Here's how:
Boil 100g of SoapNuts in 12 cups (3 litres) of water for 30 minutes. The liquid you have is now a concentrated, chemical free detergent. The leftover shells can be placed in your compost. or wormfarm. Use 3 Tbsp or 45 ml of this detergent with each load of laundry. This allows you to do approximately 60 loads of laundry.
Preservation of SoapNut decoction:
SoapNut decoction (multipurpose liquid) can be kept in a cool place for approximately ten days if citric acid or lemon juice is added.
SoapNuts More than just laundry soap...
The natural saponins found in SoapNuts are universal cleaning agents. Sure, they work great in the laundry, but did you know they are also traditionally used to clean skin and hair? In fact, the soapnut saponins work on everything from pets and children to washing fruits and vegetables. In ancient India, jewelers even used the soapnuts to shine their precious metals and stones, giving them a beautiful natural luster.
With all the cleaning uses for SoapNuts, can you bath with them?
Remember! You can create a liquid decoction to wash your hands, floors, counters, etc. but we have found that you can also bathe with them.. Simply place half a cup of your decoction in your hot bath water and enjoy yourself. Wash or soak and when you come out your body will have that clean feel to it not to mention a soft.You can also use the SoapNuts by themselves. Throw 4-5 Soapnuts into the hot bath, swish them around for a few minutes to get the saponins flowing and then step into the tub. The children will love them! Mother Nature's natural bubble bath with no nasties to harm your precious babes!
Even when the shells seem exhausted they still contain some saponin and you can use them to make a hand wash.
Put your old shells, with any new little "broken off" pieces that are too small to put in the bag / sock, in a blender. Add a half a litre of water and blend for a few seconds. The idea is to break all the shells into tiny bits so that they release as much "soap" as possible.
Simmer for a few minutes.
Cut the pipe of an old dispenser bottle so it reaches about half way down.
Allow the blend to settle and pour in to your dispenser, to below the pipe.
Give it a shake and pump away.
You will get a palm full of SoapNut foam!
Excellent as a handwash.
Add a few drops of lemon juice as a preservative, and any essential oil you wish.
Worried about watering your garden on a hot, dry summer?
SoapNuts are totally organic and, as stated earlier, a mild insecticide. They are safe, even beneficial, to put on your garden. Your washing machine uses about 50 liters (12 gallons!) of water per wash. Collect that waste and your watering problems are over. Unless you are an aphid!
What SoapNuts do NOT contain:
Foaming agents chemicals that deceive consumers into thinking their clothes are cleaner because there are "suds" in the wash and they smell like perfume.
TRUTH: Suds have nothing to do with cleaning. They are chemical additives used to create the illusion of cleaning action.
Fragrance chemicals that make laundry "smell" clean. Most commercial laundry products use toxic, synthetic fragrances that are, in fact, well known to promote cancer and liver disorders. Laundry products are not really regulated by any single government agency, and there is currently no law banning the use of known cancer-causing chemicals in laundry products (much the same as with cosmetics).
Filler ingredients. Nearly all commercial laundry products are made with at least 50% filler ingredients to "bulk them up" and make them appear to deliver more value for the price. Consumers are mostly just buying the illusion of detergent, made mostly with filler.
You won't find filler or toxic chemicals in SoapNuts. Just pure, natural saponins grown on a tree and engineered by Mother Nature. In our opinion, that's where more of our products should ultimately come from. Wouldn't it be great if shampoo also grew on trees?
Actually, it does!
An amazing Traditional use in Myanmar (Burma):
On the last day of the year in Myanmar, the people use SoapNuts to wash their houses, shops and offices to remove all dirt from the last year. They also wash and clean their hair with SoapNuts on the last day of the Myanmar year. They believe that if they wash and clean their hair, houses, offices and shops with SoapNuts, no dirt from the last year will come into their lives during the coming new year!!!
(Reference with lots of thanks by: Ms. Than Than Htut)
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