Recipes and Uses for Soap Nuts

 

There are so many uses for soap nuts.  The possiblilites are endless!

 

Earth's Berries Liquid:  this is your base for just about everyting.  It's  definatley a "go-to" recipe.  Read it here.

 All purpose cleaner: Boil soap nuts and separate the pulp from liquid with a strainer or cheesecloth. Add the solution to a spray bottle and use for cleaning surfaces, windows, mirrors, and stovetops.

Stain Pre-Treatment:   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.

Steam-cleaning spot treatment: Add your soap-nuts solution to a portable steam cleaner. Though soap nuts have no fragrance, they can help remove odors from fabrics, such as curtains and upholstery.

Liquid hand soap: A water basin of warm water and a few soaked soap nuts can serve as a wash for your hands and face. For more foam though, add the solution to a portable foaming pump-bottle and use is anywhere.  Add a little essential oil for that special scent.

Shampoo: Though soap nuts do not lather as much as commercial shampoos do, they do clean well and are safe for both humans and pets.  You can read more about adjusting to our new SULFATE FREE SHAMPOO here.

Jewelry cleaner: Regular dishwashing liquid has long been used as a convenient jewelry cleaner; soap nuts can be used in the same way. Soak jewelry in a solution of soap nuts and warm water and use a soft-bristle toothbrush to loosen any dirt.

Dishwasher soap: Add vinegar to the load as a rinsing agent and wash dishes as you normally would.  You can read tips and testimonials about our Automatic Dishwasher Detergent here.

Cleansing Rinse (Shampoo) for Pets and Horses:  Earth’s Berries soap nuts are amazing for all types of animals, however most of our testimonials come from people with horses, dogs and cats.  More about horses cats and dogs here.  Are you an outdoor enthusiast.  Check this out!

Vegetable wash: Being a fruit and 100% natural, you won't need to fear washing your vegetables with chemicals when using soap nuts.

Insect Repellant: works on various pests, such as mosquitoes. Soak the soap nuts, strain the liquid, and add to a spray bottle. Apply to arms and legs before going outdoors  .Also works to get rid of pests on house and garden plants.

Deodorant:  Read our recipe for 15min DYI Deodorant here.

Cloth Diapers:  The hypoallergenic, sensitive skin properties make it ideal for babies bottoms.   Directions can be found here.

Unlike otherer cleaners, soap nuts do not rely on lab-created chemicals to do the job. Rather, the naturally-occurring saponin in their shells is all that’s needed. Also, since soap nuts do not lather as much as commercial detergents, less water is needed to rinse their suds away. Using soap nuts enables you to reduce, reuse, and recycle — the three R’s of the environment.

For those with allergies, soap nuts are also ideal. As a hypoallergenic product, they can be used for most any purpose, from laundry to cleaning the windows. The residue left behind won’t trigger common allergies, nor agitate sensitive skin. For babies and people with skin conditions, such as psoriasis, soap nuts can quell any and all concerns.

As a household cleaner, the nuts can be used in every room. And in the end, once you’ve used and reused your shells, you can simply return them to the Earth. If you already have a compost pile for your garden, soap nuts are a perfect addition. Biodegradable, the shells are far from being waste.