Tips and Tricks

Tips on How to Use Earth’s Berries™ Soap Nuts

Tip #1 - Temperature - Soap nuts need warm/hot water to activate. However, once activated, they will continue to work until discarded.When using soap nuts, there are a few things to remember:

Tip #2 - Hard and Soft Water - Is your water hard or soft?  If it's hard, try soaking the soap nuts in a water solution first. (Use the same process as cold-only washes.)

Tip #5 - Cold Water Wash - soak the nuts in the muslin bag in hot water first for about 3-4 minutes and then throw water and muslin bag of nuts into the laundry.

Tip #3 - Fabric Softener - Soap Nuts work as a softener, making it unnecessary to add another chemical to your wash.  Soap nuts do collaborate well with other products, such as essential oil.  Try adding this for extra fragrance.

Tip #5 - Pretreating Stains - To pre-treat stains or soften water, add distilled white vinegar.  Or pre-spot with either liquid soap nuts or another pre-spotter.  Soap nuts can get stains out but do not stain themselves, despite being dark brown in color.

Tip #6 - For sparkling whites - Add to soap nuts, a scoop of oxygen bleach to brighten fabrics.  Be sure to separate whites from other colors.

Tip #7 - For heavily soiled clothes - Use four or more soap nuts, presoaked in a hot bowl. Pour the entire mixture into the laundry.

Tip #4 - Oils - Perspiration leads to the release of more skin oils.  Be aware of this when preparing a wash. Use hot water and soap nuts to loosen grime (and consider spot-treating stains).

Tip #8 - For Delicates - Add soap nuts to a basin of warm or hot water and allow nuts to soak. Apply the resultant solution to your clothes as you would any cleaning agent.

Tip #9 - Use in A Controlled Applicator - Consider adding the solution to a spray bottle for controlled application and pre-spotting stain remover.