Almost a month ago I finally decided to try soapnuts. I had seen them advertised on certain blogs but had never really focused in on them to find out what they were all about. I have been having a great time experimenting with them and love them so much that I have been giving samples to all of my friends. Before I talk about my experiences with soap nuts here is a description of soap nuts from the Mountain Rose Herb website.
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The first thing I used the soapnuts for was my laundry. I took 6 large pieces and placed them in a muslin bag that ties at the top and then put them in my washer ...at the bottom so they have more time to be wet and release the saponin. If you use cold water to wash your clothes , they say it is best to put the filled soapnut bag into a hot mug of water and let it sit for a couple minutes before pouring the soaking water and the bag of nuts into the washing machine. If you use warm or hot water to wash your clothes you can skip this step. When the laundry is done you simply remove the bag of soapnuts and let the bag dry until the next use. I reuse the nuts about 4 times. I was very happy with the feel of my clothes and with their cleanliness. Soapnut users say there is no smell to the clothes...which is excellent for those who have chemical sensitivities. Before I started using soapnuts, my washer, which is down cellar would often have a musty or moldy smell coming from the washing mashine. It seemed that this smell transferred somewhat to the clothing. I didn't know what to do about it since i figured that my washing machine was getting washed everytime I washed a load of clothes.So......after my first washing with the soap nuts, I was thrilled to discover that there was NO smell to my laundry or to my washer and that the NO smell was actually a good smell to me.....if that makes any sense. Each washing seems to clean the washer a bit more. I have since discovered that others have found the same results....that soapnuts actually dissolve the slimy film that commercial detergents can leave in your washer....and maybe on your clothes?
Soapnuts are not a tough stain remover, per say.....so it is recommended that if you have some tough stains to use a stain remover before adding the garment to the wash. I don't ever use a fabric softener so I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the clothes came out very soft and supple.
I have used this cleanser to clean my stove, counter, kitchen sink and bathroom sink and it does a great job.Some soapnuts are sold whole with the pit in them and other companies take the pits out. If you buy the whole soapnuts....and you do want to make a powdered cleanser, be sure to take out the pits before grinding. I also like the way soapnuts make my hands feel. I didn't realize that most dish detergents are made with petroleum.....so knowing that soapnuts are totally natural and even good for your skin and hair, is quite exciting. How can something be so simple yet so safe and effective? Soapnuts are antifungal and antibacterial. My next adventure may be soaking my feet in a tub of soapnut solution or better yet a whole body bath would be fun to try.
Mountain Rose Herbs has a good price on whole soap nuts http://coldfusion.affiliateshop.com/AIDLink.cfm?AID=111632&Redirect=/bulkherb/s.html
They also have spice jars with a shaker top like the one I used for the ground up soap nut cleanser. http://coldfusion.affiliateshop.com/AIDLink.cfm?AID=111632&Redirect=/supply/glass_jars.html
AND....if you are interested in using soapnuts for the bath or for laundry, you'll need the natural bags to put them in http://coldfusion.affiliateshop.com/AIDLink.cfm?AID=111632&Redirect=/tools/bags.html
Mountain Rose herbs sells the whole soapnuts at the link above and Naturoli sells them halved and pitted here at AMAZON
Mountain Rose herbs has a good price for whole nuts (cheaper due to the weight of the pits) and Naturoli has a good price for pitted soapnut pieces.I was very happy with the pitted soapnuts from Naturoli but I buy alot of my herbs and my coconut oil from Mountain Rose Herbs so I am ordering their whole soapnuts next. I still have plenty from my first order but I really am so excited about them that I want to stock up a bit. I am also ordering extra bags so I can give samples away as Christmas gifts.