Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Soap nuts. No, really.

Not a recipe. Not something you can eat. But I thought it was important enough to post about.

soap nuts

We bought these little beauties from 10,000 Villages. I'm sure you've seen one of these or shopped at one. Good for you! Their employees are all volunteers and the store is fair trade. That means your purchase truly supports a family or community, rather than lining the pockets of some corrupt corporation. Sounds good, right?

Place 10 soap nuts in the included cloth pouch. Put in a cup. Pour hot water on top. Let it sit for 10 minutes while you separate your clothes and load the washer. (You must soak the nuts.)

Pour the water and pouch into the washer after about 10+ minutes. Wash as usual. See how easy that is? You can re-use this pouch and nuts for up to 5 loads.

NOTE: The instructions called for 5-6 nuts but honestly, that wasn't enough with this batch. Who knows.. maybe this batch of soap nuts were dried or just less productive. You'll figure it out with yours. Remember, these are natural products so there is no exact recipe.

Put your used soap nuts into a compost bin or throw them under a bush for all I care! They're natural. No waste. No garbage. You rock!

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