Curious about these how to clean your clothing naturally? These hard soap berries are naturally high in saponins and can be reused about 5 times. The gently clean your clothes by breaking the water tension and lifting dirt out of mildly dirty clothes.
I stuff 3 oz into a bag which should be good for approximately 30 small loads of laundry.
Pop about .5 oz in a sock or muslin bag and secure opening by tieing or with a rubber band and throw in laundry.
Or you can boil the soap nuts and make a liquid detergent. You will know when the soap nuts are spent when they lose their color. Store in the fridge or freezer. Make 5 loads at once using 1/2 an oz of soap berries (2.5 tablespoons) to about 6 cups of water. Boil for at least 20 minutes or longer. Strain. Use a cup per load of laundry. This solution can also be used as a cleanser. It does wash hair as well but it is stronger than one would expect a natural detergent to be and will be fairly drying (keep out of eyes).
Ratio is about 1/2 an oz of crumbled soap berries (mine are crumbled) or 5 whole soap berries for 5 loads of laundry. Mine do not come with seeds but if you purchase them with seeds, keep in mind, the seeds can stain if left touching laundry.
1/2 an oz works out to be 2.5 generous tablespoons if the pieces are fairly small. Use more if the pieces of soap nuts are larger.
Organic Soap Nuts or Soap Berries (Reetha)
Perfect for people who:
- want to recycle their laundry water directly into their garden.
- Have sensitive skin
- Are allergic to detergent
- Concerned with detergent pollution
Great for Cleaning Laundry
- Children’s Clothes
- Sensitive Skin
- Baby Clothes
- Wool and Silk
Soap Nut Tea
- Non-polluting all-around soap.
- Hiking and Camping
- Washing Your Dog
- Washing delicates by hand
- Washing Hair
- Cleaning Dishes