Nuts for eco laundry


Let me introduce you guys to my latest eco love, wash nuts aka soap nuts! No more chemichals or polluting the marine life by doing laundry. You put a few of these nut shells in the washer and that´s it! They work beautifully on regular laundry. Only if you have stains or other really messy parts, gently soap wash these areas first before putting them in the machine. I recommend using marseille soap as I´ve found it to be the best for delicate textiles. Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time, exellent for delicate materials. It will leave your laundry fresh and clean and compared to other detergents, its mildness will keep colours bright for much longer and they have no odours. And if your local shop does not have any of these available, ask them to order some!

"Soap nuts or Soapberry, also sometimes referred to as Washing Nuts or Ritha / Reetha (in Hindi), contain ‘Saponins’, which have the ability to clean and wash. When in contact with water, it creates a mild suds, which is similar to soap. It can be used on all fabrics and at all temperatures. Soap nuts are allergy-free and hence are good for your skin especially good for babies, eczema and sensitive skin. This chemical free product is excellent for washing children’s clothing."

Here’s what you work them:
  • Put a 4 pcs of soap nuts in a small cotton sack (usually comes with when you buy the first batch), break them into a few smaller pieces, and drop it in your laundry.
  • Reuse soap nuts for several wash-loads until they are soft and disintegrating in the sack – about 3-5 washes, so it´s good to wash more than one batch at a time.
  • Dispose them in your compost waste.

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Wash Cold

The easiest thing to do to make your laundry routine more eco-friendly is wash cold. About 90% of the energy used in a conventional top-loading washing machine is used to heat up the water. By turning the dial and choosing to wash your clothes in cold water, you can save a nice chunk of change each month. Using a cold water detergent will ensure that your clothes will still get clean. Also, your threads will stay in better shape longer, as hot water washes have been shown to shrink, wear, and fade clothes over time.

Don’t Be Afraid to Soak

If you’ve got a particularly gnarly loadad of dirty stuff, you can still wash it cold. Just pre-soak it first with eco friendly soap. This will help lift the stains and dirt a bit before you put it in a regular wash cycle.

Try Drying Old World Style

Unless you’re out of skivvies and can’t go to work until the load is done, chances are you’re not exactly waiting with baited breath for the next load to dry. So why not try drying your clothes en plein air instead, old world style. Hang them outside or on a rack in your laundry room. Crack a window and let Mother Nature do the rest of the work. Try this and watch your bill to see how much energy you save each month. Stiff towels will suddenly feel much softer.

Don’t Iron

Not only does ironing unequivocally suck, but it also consumes energy and deteriorates fabric. So avoid wrinkles by hanging up clothes immediately after the wash is done. Try to fold and put away laundry as soon as it’s clean (rather than letting it sit in the “clean” hamper). Stop easy to wrinkle loads a bit early while they’re still a bit damp and hang them out so that the weight of the moisture will help to naturally straighten out the fabric. And if you can’t manage any of the above, hang your wrinkled duds in the bathroom while you shower. The steam can help reanimate the fibers and gravity will do the rest.

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  1. I have never heard of soap nuts before. I love the idea. I do not have a dryer so I am air drying everything on my clothes drying rack. Which I love.

    Thanks for the tip.