Unlocking all the bonus features of soap nuts to enable them to be used in every room of the house, all starts with making soap nut liquid. And the good news is, it couldn’t be easier! If you can boil water than you are well on your way to a greener, safer and cheaper alternative for your family.
Watch our easy how-to video on making soap nut liquid below, but first lets explore what you can do with the liquid once you have it ready to go.
First and foremost you can use the liquid in your washing machine with your load of laundry but more than that you can clean your entire house! Yes, seriously! You can use soap nuts to replace:
- toilet cleaner
- floor cleaner
- kitchen and bench cleaner
- shower cleaner
- laundry detergent
- window and mirror cleaner
- car cleaner
- pet wash
- dishwasher detergent
- and more! (let us know how you have used them!)
Soap nut liquid has loads of benefits and if you can boil water you can make soap nut liquid. Simply bring to the boil 6 cups of water and 10 soap nuts in a saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for half an hour, during which time the water will reduce. Once cooled, strain the liquid through a cloth (a chux or similar will do nicely) and then you can compost the nuts. In hot weather, liquid can go rancid when left out as it is completely natural and contains no preservatives, so we recommend making small batches like this once or twice a month. Alternatively you can make a concentrate and store that in the fridge and then dilute as needed.
Here at Pure Revolution, we use soap nut liquid as a laundry detergent (30-60mL depending on load size), in a spray bottle as a general household cleaner, and as dishwasher detergent (fill the dispenser). We know of others who use the liquid as a head lice treatment, an insect repellent, a glass cleaner, a jewellery and silverwear cleaner and as a hand wash, by putting the liquid in a foaming hand wash dispenser. It can also be used as a glass cleaner by diluting further with more water and a splash of vinegar.
For more information on cleaning with soap nuts, take a look at our blog Chemical Free Cleaning In Your Home…