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Soapy Nuts

 

I suppose laundry isn't technically an act of kitchen love making, but since my entire home is one big room, and my little washing machine connects to my kitchen sink, laundry is officially an act of love in my kitchen.

In the above photo you will likely notice two things. One is that it looks like I stole my wardrobe from Rainbow Bright, and the second is that I am holding up a product- something I never do unless I really truly believe it is amazing. And this one is!

I am forever working to simplify my life, though others may think the exact opposite as I avoid anything processed and packaged as much as possible. When I came across soapnuts, I wondered where they had been all my life (and also how my sweet Green Thistle bestest friend failed to land on these in her challenge).

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Soap nuts are the crushed seed of a plant that belongs to the maple family and they contain saponins, a natural surfactant- meaning they get sudsy. They look a bit like dates (though hollow). They grow in warmer climates and are a commonly used ingredient in ayurvedic shampoos and soaps. Essential they are natures sodium lauryl sulfates- the toxic chemical found in most detergents, shampoos, soaps and garage cleaners (that's right- on the hair as on the floor of the garage).

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To ease my hippie-earth-loving heart, the same nuts can be used two or three times and then thrown into compost bin, or right into the garden. They contribute no bad stuff to the water supply and your children and pets won't die should it land in their mouths. It can be boiled down (or decocted as the herb-peeps would say) and used as a spray cleaner, dish detergent and shampoo. It has antimicrobial and insecticidal properties, and can even be used to clean up contaminated soil- might be something to think about throwing into the earth before planting the spring crops.

I threw eight soapnuts contained little cotton sack that was provided, into the washing machine. I let the machine fill partway with water and dropped in 2 drops of my  purification essential oil and then tossed in my brightest brights. To my delight- the clothes came out crisp and clean. As a detergent, it is hypoallergenic, environmentally friendly, colour protective and super economical. After my wash, I lay the nuts out on my windowsill to dry.

And no, I don't sell the product (though I would) and don't have any shares in it (would like some of those too), I just think it's fantastic!  Off you go- soap up those nuts.

(And if you are interested in buying some, they can be ordered online and may be carried at some of the larger natural grocers)

27 Responses to “Soapy Nuts”

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  6. [...] the genus of this fruit? Well it is the same family as lychee, maple and also the fruit that bears my favourite laundry soap of all time- the Soap Nuts! The fruit is native to tropical West Africa in Cameroon, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Benin, [...]
  7. Jenn said…
    Very cool! My dear husband found me some soap nuts for Christmas last week! Just now I clicked on the "Bright as my wardrobe" link in your Green Smoothie e-book (http://www.meghantelpner.com/shop/new-green-smoothie-cleanse-2nd-edition-cleanse-and-weight-loss-guide) and it brought me to this post about... what?... SOAP NUTS! Yay! I haven't tried them yet but, now that the holiday rush is winding down, I think I will use them with my next load!
  8. Loads of #Sunday #laundry? Throw in some soapy nuts: http://t.co/zeBSf5Ww #eco
  9. @meghantelpner I love your soapy nuts http://t.co/PKAXlKNX remember to lay your nuts on the window sill to dry when done.
  10. Candace said…
    Great post. Thanks! This lifestyle is such a process--a great one, but a process none the less. When you have eaten whatever and used whatever, it is a big, enjoyable undertaking to figure out what is good for you and what is not. The food is not so complicated but the beauty products take a lot more work to figure out what is good and what is not. You can say with food, okay I recognize that the ingredient is a banana. On organic beauty products you can't always identify what's there. There is a long name with coconut oil in parentheses. Why can't it just say coconut oil? Is it because they've changed it in some form (like hydrogenated oils)? And then is it still as organic or good for you as they claim? I don't know. Anyway, thanks for the post! Very helpful.

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