What Are Soap Nuts?
Soap nuts, also known as soap berries, are fruit produced by a variety of large shrubs and small trees; the most common is the Sapindus mukorossi tree. When the fruit of the tree is ripe, the soap nuts are picked, de-seeded, and the shells are dried in the sun. The shell of the fruit contains a natural soap called saponin that can be used to create cleaning solutions that are completely and utterly chemical-free. Soap nuts are versatile and can replace many conventional detergents, soaps, and cleaners. Despite their name, soap nuts are actually a fruit and won’t trigger nut allergies.
The Benefits of Soap Nuts
- Organically grown
- Non-toxic and free of harsh chemicals
- Gentle on delicate clothing
- Perfect for sensitive skin and allergies
- Can be used in natural shampoos and shaving creams
- Traditionally used to remedy lice
- Can clean tarnished metal
- Soap nut saponin can be useful in the remediation of metal contaminated soil
- Has been studied for effects on cancer
- Used in Ayurvedic medicine to promote normal skin complexion
- Naturally repels insects
How make Naturally Homemade Nut Soap :
You will need:
- 20 soap nuts
- 2 cups of water
- 10 drops of essential oil
- Combine soap nuts and water in a medium pot.
- Bring to a gentle boil. (Watch the pan carefully so suds doesn’t boil over!) Reduce heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 1 hour.
- Allow liquid to cool, then strain and add essential oils for scent. Transfer liquid to a sealed container. Compost or discard soap nuts.