Let’s Talk Dirty (Laundry, That Is)…Part 2 of 3
by servantheart, Editor at Large
Grandma was a “soap nut”; every day, at a specific time, she was parked in her old red vinyl rocker beside the oil stove used for heat, watching her old black and white t.v. for “General Hospital”. And it was the one time of day we children knew better than to disturb grandma (frankly, anyone that committed to a “dope opera” probably needed to be committed, IMHO! Kiddin’, grandma!).
Yep. Grandma was a soap nut. But we’re here to talk about a different kind of “soap nut”. Raise your hand if you know about soap nuts. Oh, I see a few of you do. O.K., well, for the rest…
What are they?
Well, econutssoap.com posts this:
Soap Nuts are a berry that grows in the Himalayas that naturally produces a soap. The soap is called saponin, a natural cleaner that works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric and leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away.
Eco Nuts are gentle on both clothes and skin, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin, eczema, allergies and psoriasis. Because they are so mild, they are perfect for baby clothes and cloth diapers. All-Natural Eco Nuts are also great for septic and grey water systems. But don’t expect these shells to foam up like commercial soaps, which have artificial foaming agents. Foam simply does not represent cleaning power.
Here’s the Eco Nuts link: http://econutssoap.com/
You can get soap nuts from these guys, or, Lehman’s (pronounced, “Lay-mans”) sells them, also. Here’s that link: https://www.lehmans.com/p-2980-lehmans-laundry-soap-nuts.aspx
Now, I have to be honest and tell you I have never used these; but I want to! It’s on the list…give soap nuts a try. Frankly, I see mixed reviews. The majority of reviewers love them, but some people claim “they just did not work”. I do not know, but I suspect those who were not happy with them expected the usual “soapy froth”, and you won’t get that with soap nuts. I really don’t know why they didn’t like them, but, this would be my guess. And I also suspect the water you are using has everything to do with how well they work; if you have hard water, I don’t imagine they will last all that long or be all that useful (you should get 3-4 full loads off each group of nuts used, and you are instructed to use 3-4 nuts per full load).
You may be able to grow your own soap nut tree. Wouldn’t that be fun? A perpetual source of DIY laundry detergent?!! Go here to read about growing: http://exeterra.blogspot.com/2007/08/how-to-grow-soap-nut-trees.html
Have YOU tried soap nuts? What did YOU think about them?
In Part 3, we’ll talk about ways to do your laundry when “IHTF” (“It” Hits the Fan)