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Pick Up Some SoapNuts

Posted By Susan Suarez On August 8, 2007 @ 3:54 am In Greening Your Home | 1,450 Comments

I’ve heard my share of laundry detergent substitutes: biodegradable vegetable formula [1], plant-based detergents and using baking soda as an alternative. But did you know there’s a nut that can do the same job?

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In lieu of detergent, shells from SoapNuts can remove dirt from clothing in a mild and natural way, preserving the colors and structure of the clothing. SoapNuts [2] are the shells of a seed from trees grown in India and Nepal. Once the shell is in contact in water, it will produce a soapy substance and apparently 1kg of nuts can wash up to 100 loads of laundry. Within a cloth bag, 6-8 shells will wash up to 3-4 loads.

SoapNuts can also be used as an alternative for washing windows, cars or even your pet and when you’re done with the shells you can throw them into the compost pile [3].



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