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Go Nuts For Soap Nuts

By Fredrica Syren:

For the past 10 years we only use soap nuts for our laundry. What is a soap nut you might wonder? Soap nuts or also known as soapberries, actually are a fruit from a bush native in India and Nepal. The outer shell of the soap nut contains saponin, a natural substance known for its ability to cleanse and wash. (That’s what makes them so GREAT for cleaning your laundry!) And here’s a cool fact: soap nuts are not a new concept; they have been used to clean all kinds of fabric for centuries.soap nuts

  • Soap nuts are 100% natural
  • They are organic, free of harsh chemical, making the perfect for sensitive skins including babies.
  • They are 100% biodegradable so better for the environment than regular detergent. After the nuts are done just throw them into the compost.
  • They’re antimicrobial, so they’re good for septic and greywater systems
  • They work!!! We use them on everything including solid cloth diapers and they clean every time.
  • They are cost efficient because five soaps nuts can be used for 3-4 loads of laundry, so one bag of soap nuts will last a really long time.

To use place 4-6 nuts in cotton muslin bag and tie the bag up. Place bag with laundry. There will be no bubbles and the smell is like apple cider vinegar. If you like a nicer smell, just add a few drops of essential oils such as lavender or vanilla. After a while the soap nuts will look mushy grey and that’s when it’s time to discard them and use some new.green landry

Most people when they hear about us using  method they think it is crazy. But I swear by them and made a believer out of my husband who was on the fence about them at first. I have tried everything from store bought  eco-friendly laundry detergent to homemade kinds but they still create waste and since soap nuts can be composted they are the only true sustainable, green and non-toxic laundry option for green and clean laundry.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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  1. Will the antimicrobial propertues harm the necessary microbes in the septic system?

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