These are organic Soap Nuts! The botanical name is Sapindus Mukorossi. This is actually a berry, grown and harvested from India.
I first read about them a while back and was determined to try them. To be honest, I wanted to find out if it was just Snake oil! But it's not. They really work.
They've become popular as an environmentally friendly alternative to manufactured, chemical detergents .
Just a few nuts can be placed in a cotton drawstring bag in with a washload and reused several times. Soap nuts are safe for washing silk, woolens and other delicate fabrics. That's pretty amazing, really.
I reused a batch for 5 loads of laundry. The soap nuts were a bit mushy with a grey colour when I'd finally finished with them. All I did was compost them for my garden.
They have many benefits to detergent. A clean scent, very fresh! And my clothes were just as soft as the handmade powder I've created.
They're 100% natural, certified organic, chemical-free, fragrance-free, biodegradable and hypoallergenic. Fabulous!
Plus the price point is amazing when compared to most laundry detergents you'll find in the grocery store!
So, I put 1/2 oz. soap nuts (4-6 berries) in a unbleached muslin wash bag with a drawstring.
I simply tied it shut and tossed it in washing machine.
I re-used it 5 times and then chucked it into the composter
I've read that pre-soaking the berries for a few minutes helps facilitate faster release of saponin (the active ingredient), but I didn't feel the need to do that.
Thanks for visiting! Happy Laundry!