Step 3: Into the Washing Machine

Probably everyone has their own way of doing things that works best for them. When I do my laundry I like to get the water going first (hot or cold can be used) and then I toss in my bag of soapnuts, I add a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and some drops of essential oil. Then I close the lid and let the water run for a bit to get the suds forming. After about 30 seconds I add my dirty clothes and go read a book while the soapnuts do their business.

Simple, clean and eco-friendly. I also love to make soapnut detergent for washing my dishes, my fridge, floors, or even my vegetables in. How to do this can be found here.

The first load I tried included two dog collars that always stink to high heaven. They came out with no smell whatsoever. Pretty good for my money.
Wow that is incredible! Nice one :)
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Great tips, there are also some great <a href="http://www.enviroproductsworld.com/hocl.html" rel="nofollow">eco-friendly cleaning products</a> over at http://www.enviroproductsworld.com/hocl.html that are very affordable.
Soapnuts are many types of awesome.<br /> I&nbsp;bought a bag in the middle of last year, and haven't bought detergent since. I'm nearly out now, and should buy some more. Fortunately, I've got a source that is rather local -- just on the other side of town from me. :)<br /> <br /> I&nbsp;can't seem to convince my roomie to make the switch with me, so the washer goes through cycles of good detergent, bad detergent.<br /> I sneeze less from my laundry being done (no funky perfumes!), scratch less (no crazy chemicals!), and actually have good, clean clothes.<br /> <br /> I&nbsp;found that there isn't a need to run a rinse cycle with the soap nuts, either, so I&nbsp;save water there whenever I'm near the washer to catch that switch between cycles.<br /> <br /> I live in a small apartment, so I don't really get the option to trap the water and reuse it for something&nbsp;(anything?) else, but I&nbsp;don't know what I&nbsp;could really use that for, anyway.<br /> <br /> I've given some away to family and friends, explaining how to use them.<br /> I&nbsp;can't seem to encourage them to switch -- people have become inundated on the &quot;If it doesn't produce suds, it sucks&quot;&nbsp;theory, it appears.<br /> <br /> Funny enough, I think it was your Cradle to Cradle instructable that keyed me in on soapnuts, and got me to buy some for a try. :)<br /> Thanks!
I am so excited that you have found soapnuts work well for you. That is also a great tip about the rinse cycle--save lots of water. You can use the water for watering your plants and supposedly the saponins in the water will help the dirt to be more absorbant. It is really true what you say about the suds, though, we are so addicted to suds!<br /> <br /> I have tried using them for shampoo, but find I am addicted to suds for shampooing my hair, but I am gonna see if I can figure it out, maybe just needs a bit of experimentation, as in Burma&nbsp;(Myanmar) they make a great traditional shampoo that all the Burmese ladies swear by (and most of them have gorgeous long hair) so they must work!<br /> <br /> I definitely find that the chemicals and fragrances added to regular detergent gives me allergic reactions! These days I even can't stand the smell of detergent if I am just passing by someone's house who is doing laundry with commercial detergent!<br />
I'm sorry, what's suds? Can you explain what kind of addiction is that?
Oh I guess I wasn't too clear in the above comment. Suds are the foam that comes up from the soap. These days we use commercial cleaners that have foaming agents that make the soap or shampoo or whatever foam up so much that we have all become used to that, and may even feel something isn't clean if the soap we are using hasn't suds (foamed) up that much. I confess I quite like the foam too, but the natural soaps don't suds up as much like the soapnuts.
The Soap Nut is called &quot;Ritha&quot; in India. http://www.soapnuts.in/ These are available for about half a dollar for a pound (weight). Multi-purpose cleaning use. Good for using as a natural shampoo for washing hair but burns like hell if it gets into the eyes. We used to have a big tree in the garden. Didn't use any ourselves regularly, but our domestic help were very happy to take it all away and put it to good use! Just waiting to try it out in my side-loading washing machine which requires low-foaming detergent. I hope it works with cold water as well.
Hey thanks so much for that info, I would love to see a huge tree of soapnuts growing in my yard! I have heard they are good for low-foaming detergent, cold water works too.
I love soap nuts. There is a soap nuts giveaway going on right now at http://soapnutslaundry.com/2010/07/03/want-to-win-some-free-soap-nuts-tea-tree-oil/ . Also tons of info about soap nuts at http://www.buysoapnuts.com
This is great! I'm going to read more about soapnuts
Possibly cold you show some dirty clothes that became clean with soapnuts?
I don't think you would see much difference if I&nbsp;did this, as most of my clothes aren't completely thilthy from dirt or something obvious like that.<br /> <br /> I have used soapnuts to wash blankets and smelly towels and they come out completely clean. My sister uses them to wash her babies diapers and just loves them.<br />
&nbsp;Oh sure, mine aren't either, I was thinking more like take a white rag, get it dirty with dirt, wash with soapnuts and let's see the results. I want to believe in them, I just need visual proof. Sometimes the soap I use doesn't even get stuff clean unless I spot treat it.
<p>Several people including myself have come to the conclusion they do very little to the laundry and are on par with just a clean water cycle.&nbsp; I still use ours but probably won't replace them.<br /> <br /> btw did you mean 'forming' or 'foaming' in step 3?</p>
I meant forming but foaming works just as well. They don't foam much and some don't foam as much as others but there is definitely some foam going on there.<br />
I&nbsp;think I was being particularly dense that day, nevermind = )<br /> <br /> I'd never seen them foam and was just wondering...<br />
In my marketing &amp;&nbsp;advertising class, we had to design a marketing campaign for a specific soapnut company.&nbsp; We tried the soapnuts and found them to work surprisingly well.&nbsp; The soapnuts were MUCH easier to carry down several flights of stairs to the laundry room than traditional bottles of detergent.
Hey that is great! Too true about how much easier it is to carry soapnuts than bottles of detergent! I have to do my laundry at the laundromat about 10 blocks away so it is nice not to have to lug a ton of detergent along with my load of clothes--saves my back as well!<br />
Is there a seed company that stocks soapnuts on the internet?
Never mind.&nbsp; I just found a place.&nbsp; www.mukonuts.com/<br /> 8&gt;)
I think there are quite a few--my site is always getting spam from people selling soapnuts online, looks like you found a good one. I also sell them on artfire and dawanda in little bags that I make out of old tea-towels. Just go to artfire.com/hellad and you should see them.<br />
Soapberry is native to the western U.S., <em>Sapindus drummondii</em>.&nbsp; So I would suggest it should be unnecessary to buy them shipped all the way from India.<br /> <br /> You could plant a couple trees and grow your own, or look around for one and gather berries. &nbsp;Be sure to ask permission from the landowner.<br /> <br /> Where <em>Sapindus</em> grows:&nbsp; <a href="http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SAPIN" rel="nofollow">plants.usda.gov/java/profile</a><br />
Neat.<br /> This is the first I've heard about soap nuts. <br />
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