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7 Green Home Cleaning Recipes with Soapnuts

As people are getting more and more aware of the importance of sustainable, Eco-friendly living they are searching for greener alternatives of household cleaning products and try to make their lives pure and to simply it at the same time. There are a lot of recipes on the web including baking soda, lemons and white vinegar and I know most of them are working great. But I really want to drag your attention to another, less known green alternative to common home cleaning products – His Majesty, the Soap Nut.

Soapnuts are actually berries, growing on small trees in warm and tropical regions.

Soapnuts are actually berries, growing on small trees in warm and tropical regions.

Recipes for Home-made Soapnut Cleaners

This amazing creation of Mother Earth contains natural saponins and it is basically pure organic way to clean around your home. There are plenty of ways to use its cleaning powers. You can simply use only the dried shells or prepare a liquid soap. Here are some of the most popular recipes for green cleaning products made with soapnuts.

This is the colour of boiled soapnuts liquid.

Basic Soapnut Liquid for General Purposes

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 dried soapnut shells
  • 4 cups tap water
  • clean pot

Add the soapnut shells into the boiling water for about 18-20 minutes. Add another half cup (as you are boiling) and keep boiling the water for another 5-10 minutes. You will notice that soapnuts are releasing their saponins making soft suds. Leave the liquid to cool a little bit, remove the shells and pour into a clean, sterilized jar. Keep in mind that this is 100% natural cleaner, without any preservatives, and it’s likely to start going bad after a week. This is why you will have to preserve it in the fridge or simply make smaller amounts. The liquid can stay in your fridge 2-3 weeks before going bad. You can use the liquid as it is for literally every cleaning and housekeeping chore in your home.  Soapnuts are also suitable for baby shampoo, since they are hypoallergenic and don’t irritate their skin. The liquid can also be safely used for cleaning when having pets.

 

100% organic laundry detergent .

100% organic laundry detergent .

Soapnut Laundry Detergent

The most common use of soapnuts is probably as a laundry detergent. There are many ways to use soapnuts as laundry detergent and no one really requires making a recipe. Here are the best three ways:

  • Shells: put 4-5 dried shells in a small fabric bag,or even into an old sock and place where you normally put your washing detergent. If you decide to use a sock make sure to tight it well, so the shells remain inside. You can use the same soapnuts for 4 or 5 washes.
  • Liquid: Use 1/3 cup of the basic soapnut liquid to your laundry, instead of ordinary detergent
  • Powder: Grind as many shell as you want into a fine powder and add 1 tb sp to 1 load of laundry.

If there are some really grimy clothes just add 3-4 tb sp of borax to the load.

 

Grated soupnuts for the dishwasher.

Grated soupnuts for the dishwasher.

Powerful Soap Nut Detergent for Dishwasher

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/8 cup finely-grated Castille soap
  • 1/8 cup finely-ground Soapnut shells

Mix all the ingredients together well and use in your dishwasher as usual dry dishwasher cleaner. You can add few drops of essential lemon oil for fresh smelling dishes.

 

 

The perfect eco-friendly glass cleaner

The perfect eco-friendly glass cleaner

Soapnuts Window and Glass Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1 tb sp soapnuts liquid
  • 2 tb sp white distilled vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tb sp rubbing alcohol

Mix everything in a spray bottle container and shake well. Use as ordinary glass cleaner. This cleaner works great for particularly messy windows or other flat surfaces – it doesn’t streak, so it’s very suitable for removing toothpaste from your bathroom mirror or rain drops from outside of window.

 

All Purpose Soapnut Homemade Cleaner

All Purpose Soapnut Homemade Cleaner

Household Soapnut Cleaner for General Purposes

  • basic soapnut liquid

or

  • half cup soapnut liquid
  • 2 tb sp white distilled vinegar
  • 1/8 cup water

Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle or small bowl and apply to the surfaces you want to clean as an ordinary general purpose cleaner. Take in mind, that the second recipe can hold more than 2-3 weeks since vinegar is excellent preservative.

 

 

Mixture for bathroom cleaning.

Mixture for bathroom cleaning.

Soapnut Bathroom Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup Borax
  • 1/8 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup soapnut liquid
  • 8-10 drops eucalyptus or peppermint oil (optional)

Mix all the ingredients well into a small bowl and crush any lumps. The result should be a thick paste. You can dilute it with little water. Use a sponge to apply and clean your bathroom counters, bath tub or even tiles. If there is any remaining you can pour it into the toilet and clean the bowl well, using toilet brush. Eucalyptus oil is great disinfectant so you don’t have to worry about bacteria, remaining in the sink, or toilet bowl. If you need to whiten the bathroom a little, you can add 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice into the mixture. This will make the whole bathroom smell fresh and clean.

 

Soapnuts handwash liquid.

Soapnuts handwash liquid.

Soapnut Hand Washing Liquid

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup liquid Castille soap
  • ½ cup soapnut liquid
  • 5-6 drops essential oil

Blend everything well in pump bottle and use as normal liquid soap. If you don’t have liquid Castille soap, you can melt ordinary Castille soap bar – just cut ¼ of it and melt in a water bath. Adding oil is to get a nice smell, You can use your favorite oils. I usually add lavender, rosemary or tea tree, because they have strong antibacterial properties. Also, adding essential oils prolongs the life of this hand-washing liquid.

 

As you can see there are many options how to use the power of soapnuts. They are allergen free, safe for babies and pets and can be used literally everywhere in your home.

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