Soap Nuts, Who Knew?
by Tess Pennington
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As prices at
the grocery store continue to steadily climb, many (including myself)
are looking for alternatives to the normal brands in order to save
the family budget. I have just discovered soap nuts and I believe
I am in love with these little guys. At 14 cents per load, soap
nuts are already very economical, not to mention all natural, versatile,
and have a storage life that can last for years!
Soap nuts or
soap berries are the dried fruit of the Sapindus tree that contains
a natural soap ingredient called saponin. Researching this dried
fruit further, it actually has a multitude of other uses including
some anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Soap nuts can
be used whole,or made into liquid form to clean the body and hair,
can be used on pets and is also an a gentle but effective mosquito
repellant that can even be used on children and pets. The best part
is they can be reused several times and then composted. They also
work as a natural fabric softener which is great for line drying
and are gentle enough to use with septic and gray water systems.
- Hand soap
- Window cleaner
- All purpose
- Pest and
- Carpet cleaner
- Pet shampoo
- Lice remover
A liquid can
easily be made from the soap berries and poured into ice cube trays
and frozen for future uses. Melt them as needed, or just toss some
in with your laundry. If you are making other soap nut cleaners,
melt as many as needed for the solution. If you make a large batch
of this liquid, it can be preserved for future uses.
need resealable and sterilized quart jars and soap nut shells.
equivalent of 7-10 soap nuts in each jar. (It’s better to use
smaller soap nut pieces). Fill with boiling water but leave a
1/2 inch space at the top. Place the lid on securely.
COOKER: Place the jars in the canner, and process according to
manufacturer’s instructions for 15 minutes at 10 lbs of pressure.
canning jars if you use this method.
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