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Making Soap Nut Liquid
Instructions for making Earth's Berries™ Soap Nut liquid
1. Bring 6 cups of water to boil in a medium saucepan
2. Add 10-12 (20-24 half husks) Earth's Berries™ soap nuts
3. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until you have 4 cups of liquid.
*Liquid will keep 10 days at room temperature or 3-5 weeks refrigerated, to preserve longer add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, grapefruit seed extract or 1/tsp of citric acid.
Tip: its best to make smaller batches as it can spoil without preservatives
A Final Household Tip
As noted, soap-nut shells can be crushed into powder or boiled and strained into liquid. However, another approach is to freeze the liquid into cubes. For laundry, take a cube and toss it into your machine, 1-2 cubes per large load of laundry. Since the saponin of the nuts has already been released, you can use the cubes in cold, warm, or hot washes. For spot cleaning, simply melt the cubes, add them to a spray bottle, and start spritzing.