Rid your home of nasty chemicals by using soap nuts for your laundry and general cleaning. Available in 250g or 500g bags.
Soap nuts can be used whole, or made into a liquid and are suitable for both top and front loading machines. As they leave no chemical residue, there is no detergent build up and you can safely use your laundry grey water on your garden. It is safe to use soap nuts with delicate fabric types, including wool and silk.
If using whole as a laundry detergent, put 4-6 whole soap nuts (depending on the load size) in the small calico wash bag supplied with purchase. Tie the top of the bag and place in the machine with your load. This same bag of soap nuts can be used 4-6 times, depending on the water temperature and whether your water supply is hard or soft. Soap nuts are ready to discard when they start to take on a slightly transparent appearance and no longer froth up when rubbed with water. Used soap nuts can be composted in your garden.
Whole soap nuts are most effective when used in warm or hot water. To get the best use in cold water, make a liquid by bringing 6 cups of water and 10 soap nuts to the boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for half an hour, during which time the water will reduce. Strain the liquid through cloth and compost the nuts. In hot weather, liquid can go rancid as it is completely natural and contains no preservatives, so either refrigerate your liquid or make small batches. 30-60ml of liquid is all you will need for a load of laundry (depending on size).