What Are Soap Nuts?
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What Are Soap Nuts?
Natural Healthy Cleaning for Your Laundry Using Soap Nuts
What are soap nuts and why should they be used for doing the laundry?
Soap Nuts are made from the shells of a special tree grown in Nepal.
Soap Nuts have been used for hundreds of years in India as a natural
cleaning option, and can easily be added to your washing machine in a
bio-degradable cloth bag.
The shells themselves are removed from the fruit and left out to dry
in the sun; they're naturally rich in saponins, nature's pure cleaning solution.
When the shells are in contact with water, they release a unique
Soap Nuts are free of synthetic chemicals, fragrances, toxins, and
most of all, the fillers that are used in commercial detergent today.
They're just as powerful as standard detergent.
While you won't see big bubbles of suds in the washer, the cleaning
solution is pure and will remove all grime and dirt from your laundry
in a natural way.
The best way to use these is to put a few shells in a cloth bag and add
it to your washing machine.
Soap Nuts release the soap better in hot water, but you can still use
cooler water if you need to run a cold wash-you might just need to use
a few more nuts for a deep clean.
The shells can be used over and over again.
Not only are you helping to save the environment with Soap Nuts,
but you'll save money, too.
Soap Nuts are a great option for your natural cleaning laundry needs.
You can find packaged soap nuts at many organic and natural food stores,
and even online.
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Soap Nuts are free of synthetic chemicals, fragrances, and toxins.
Commercial laundry detergents can range between $5-$10 per bottle but Soap Nuts are much cheaper.
Soap Nuts are a great option for your eco-friendly laundry needs.
Frequently Asked Questions about Maggie's Soap Nuts
The following information is borrowed from Maggie's Soap Nuts website. It answers most of the common questions about soap nuts:
Can I use too many nuts?
We recommend two whole Maggie's Soap Nuts per load of hot water wash. For really dirty clothes, giant loads, or when washing in cold water, you can use more nuts. You'll know you've used too many nuts if your clothes feel stiff after washing. The stiffness results from excess saponin in the rinse water and is not harmful to you or the clothes. The stiffness will go away after the next washing.
Can I use the Soap Nuts more than once?
It depends on the temperature of the water you're using. The saponin in Maggie's Soap Nuts releases quickly into hot water, and more slowly in cold water. When washing in hot water you only need two soap nuts per load and they'll release all of their saponin in about one wash. When washing with cold water, up to 4 nuts and reuse them up to 4 times. You'll know the saponin in Maggie's Soap Nuts is used up when the nuts no longer feel squeaky clean or sudsy when you rub them.
Can I use Soap Nuts with any temperature water?
Yes! The saponin in Maggie's Soap Nuts releases quickly into hot water, and more slowly in cold water. When washing in hot water you only need the equivalent of two whole Soap Nuts per load. They'll release all of their saponin in about one wash. When washing with cold water, up to 4 nuts and reuse them up to 4 times. Alternatively, pre-soak your cotton sack containing two soap nuts in a little hot water to release the saponin. After a couple minutes of soaking, add the mixture to the cold-water wash.
Do I have to remove the Maggie's Soap Nuts from the washing machine during the rinse cycle?
No need to remove the soap nuts from the rinse cycle. There's no soapy residue to rinse away! The little bit of saponin left in the rinse adds softness and body to your clothes.
Are Maggie's Soap Nuts hypoallergenic?
Yes! Maggie's Soap Nuts are 100% natural, safe and hypoallergenic. We recommend them for babies and people with sensitive skin. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Soap Nuts are used traditionally to treat skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. With Maggie's Soap Nuts, there's nothing between you and your clothes but Mother Nature!
Do I need to clean the chemical detergent residue out of my washing machine before I wash my clothes with Soap Nuts?
You can use Maggie's Soap Nuts to purify your washing machine. To remove chemical residues from your machine, run a full load of rags through a warm or hot wash cycle with 4-5 soap nuts in the sack.
I'm allergic to nuts. Can I use Soap Nuts?
Yes! Maggie's Soap Nuts are actually a dried fruit related to the lychee. People with nut allergies can safely use Soap Nuts! They are not actually nuts.
Do Maggie's Soap Nuts have a fragrance?
Yes and No. On their own Maggie's Soap Nuts have a mild, fresh, vinegary smell. They will not fragrance your clothes. For added fragrance, add a few drops of you favorite essential oil on the cotton sack. For a refreshing wash, Maggie likes to use geranium, coriander, or neroli.
Do I need to use fabric softener?
Nope. Maggie's Soap Nuts naturally soften and add body to your clothes! In fact, Soap Nuts are used commercially to give body and sheen to expensive silks! You'll love how your clothes feel after washing with Maggie's Soap Nuts.
Are Maggie's Soap Nuts safe for my delicate washables?
Yes! Soap Nuts are ideal for gently cleaning delicate fibers like wool and silk!
Will Soap Nuts keep my colors bright?
Yes! Maggie's Soap Nuts are 100% natural and gentle. Your colors will look brighter!
Will Maggie's Soap Nuts get my white clothes REALLY white?
To maintain sparkling whites we recommend that you always separate your colors. For extra stain removal, when necessary add a scoop of environmentally friendly oxygen bleach to the wash.
Can Maggie's Soap Nuts help me Save Water and Energy?
Yes! Since there's no soapy residue to rinse away you can use shorter rinse cycles on your washing machine.
What do I do with the leftover shells?
You'll know the saponin in Maggie's Soap Nuts is used up when the nuts no longer feel squeaky clean and sudsy when you rub them. If they're re-useable, let the shells dry out and use them again later. When the shells are ready to retire, add them to your
Why is the plastic bag and silica gel desiccant necessary?
We import Maggie's Soap Nuts from humid climates. Without a plastic bag the nuts absorb moisture from the very wet air and get black and sticky as they release their saponin. We pack a desiccant inside each bag to help absorb any moisture that gets trapped inside.
My Nuts are sticky! What's up?
Yikes! Soap Nuts turn black and sticky as they absorb moisture from the air. If your soap nuts are exposed to long-term moisture, like humid air, they may change color. This doesn't affect Soap Nuts' cleaning power. In fact, some people think the sticky nuts
clean better because they are pre-releasing their saponin. We like our nuts to release when WE are ready, so we pack them with a desiccant.
What's this little black marble I found in my box of Soap Nuts?
Lucky you! That little black marble is a seed. You can plant your own Soapberry tree!
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