Organic dried Soapnut berries - natural detergent - GIFT IDEA

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 Versatile 100% natural detergent for laundry, dish washing, all purposes and personal care

 Environment friendly
 Reusable and Biodegradable
 From sustainable sources

Soapnuts are all-natural, plant-based, easy to grow organic and require very little processing or packaging.

Soapnuts are berries (and not nuts as the name may suggest) from the Sapinus saponaria tree and they contain saponin, the most powerful natural surfactant agent available. They can be easily obtained by deseeding the berries and dry them and the processing is minimal. Soapberries are hypoallergenic, odorless and do no damage to surfaces or fabrics.

The environmental impact is minimal and they are totally compostable and reusable.

There are countless ideas on how to use Soapnuts at home, so have fun experimenting.

LIQUID SOAP DETERGENT : BASE RECIPE - Boil 1 berry for every 100 ml of water for 30 minutes. You may want to crush or mash the berries before boiling to release as much as of the saponins, the natural cleaning agent of Soap nuts. Allow the water to cool, then strain the solution through a muslin cloth, add essential oils if you prefer and store in the fridge in a spray bottle; it will keep for 10-12 days if no essential oils are added. Up to 3 weeks with essential oils like Tea Tree. Use the leftover soap nuts and the muslin cloth in the washer together for one load of laundry.

ALL PURPOSE CLEANER - Add white 1 part vinegar to 2 parts detergent to make an effective all-purpose cleaner to the base recipe above. The solution can be used on any surface (wood, ceramic, stone, metal). Use citrus essential oils (ideally Lemon) to enhance the solution degreasing action and Tea Tree to disinfect. Pine, Eucalyptus and Fir add freshness, especially when cleaning floors and bathrooms.

GLASS CLEANER - Add white 1 part vinegar to 1 part detergent to make an effective all-purpose cleaner to the base recipe above.

LAUNDRY DETERGENT - The number of berries to use depends on the temperature and the hardness of your water. For soft, hot water use up to 3 berries; they can usually be used a second time. For cold, hard water use up to 6 berries and they will last at least 4 or more times. Put the berries into a cloth sachet before use in the washing machine. To check to see if your berries are done, squeeze the shell: you should see a slight sudsy liquid release if they are still good.
DISHWASHING - Add 2-5 whole berries in the cutlery basket of your dishwasher and run as usual. Add white vinegar as a natural rinse aid.

Origin: Thailand