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Soapnut Laundry Hack Number 7 : Using Linen Water For Toxin Free Fragrant Laundry

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 27 September, 2015

rose lavender orange floral water for soap nut laundry

Did you know that some fabric softener sheets actually use tallow animal fat. Normal fabric softener isn't any better with other toxic ingredients like chloroform, alpha terpineol, ethanol, synthetic musks etc. All of which can add up to allergies, asthma and sensitive skin.

So just skip all that nasty bad stuff and simply spray your drying Laundry with our alcohol free, antibacterial pure floral linen waters. These are so pure they can also be used as facial toners.

Soapnut Laundry Hack Number 6: Using Leftover Bits Of Soapnut Soap For Your Laundry

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 17 September, 2015

If you are like me and have loads of leftover soapnut soap that might just be too small to use, simply grate them up and throw them in the wash with your Laundry. You get clean fresh washing and you use up any bits of soap! The best thing about it is, that repurposed soap/laundry detergent is vegan, made with organic ingredients, contains no sls. parabens, phosphates, bleaches or any other rubbish. Sounds like a perfect alternative to conventional laundry detergent to me! Love soap, hate waste!

Soapnut Laundry Hack Number 5: Using Soapnut Soap Bars For Handwashing Laundry

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 10 September, 2015

zero waste laundry washing with soapnut soap bars handwashing laundry

If you are backpack travelling or just travelling light, and especially if you have no access to a washing machine, did you know you can use our soapnut soap bars to wash yourselves and your clothes as well?! Rub the soap bar onto wet clothes, scrub clothes using hands or washboard, rinse and dry. Do a patch test on delicate clothing. 

Soapnut Laundry Hack Number 4: Keeping Colours and Whites Bright

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 03 September, 2015

To make sure your washing stays bright and colours stay vibrant, use a colour catcher in your wash. Just add one sheet into the drum with your clothes and it will collect any stray dirt or colour floating around. No more dingy washing!

Whether you use one of the magical sheets in every wash or just with your favourite garments, they are an absolute must have for the keeping your colours and whites brighter for longer. By popping a Colour & Dirt Collector sheet in your wash you don’t have to worry, your lovely flowery dress or your red and white rugby shirt will come out the same as it went in, along with all the other clothes in the wash.

We also use soda crystals or bicarbonate of soda in the wash, this may not suitable for all fabrics. We add white vinegar into the conditioner drawer which helps create an oxygenated cleaner when it mixes with the soda or bicarb. It is also a great softener! Alternatively you can just use your favourite laundry bleach, it will not impact the efficacy of the soapnuts.

Soapnut Laundry Hack Number 3: How To Use Soapnut Powder For Laundry

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 26 August, 2015

soapnut powder for laundry

Add two tablespoons of Soapnut powder into a muslin bag or old sock. You can add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil onto the muslin bag or sock to add a fragrance to your laundry. We're using Lemon Thyme at the moment ... anti-bacterial, fresh and summery! For more information of other good essential oils to use check our previous Laundry hack post. Put the muslin bag or sock into the drum with your clothes. Wash clothes as directed. After the wash has finished discard any Soapnut powder in compost or garden (keeps slugs and snails away).

For more tips on how to use soapnuts for laundry visit our FAQ section

Soapnut Laundry Hack Number 1: Making Homemade Soapnut Laundry Liquid

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 20 August, 2015

homemade organic soapnut laundry liquid

Add 50g of Organic Soapnuts into a pan with 1 litre of water. Boil for 5 minutes, then simmer for a further 5-10 minutes. Take off hob and let the liquid cool down. Once cooled, strain out the liquid into a container/bottle. Keep the boiled soapnuts (I keep mine in the fridge until I need them again) as they can be reboiled another 5 times, giving you in total 6 litres of laundry liquid! When the Soapnuts are finished, compost them in your garden to keep the slugs and snails away!

TOP TIP: You can add more water if you wish to make more liquid. For each litre you add, also add an additional 5 minutes boiling time.

TO USE: 1 cup/250 ml of homemade laundry liquid into the drawer of your washing machine.

For more tips on how to use soapnuts for laundry visit our FAQ section

Soapnut Laundry Hack Number 2: Getting Tough Stains Out

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 20 August, 2015

Our Natural Stain Remover works on grass, red wine, ketchup, blood, grease, underarm stains, and so much more. Even the most stubborn stains are washed away. Ordinary stain removers contain chemical detergents, but our Natural Stain Remover is real soap, made with all-natural, biodegradable ingredients. There are no artificial dyes or perfumes, just the fresh, clean scent of natural eucalyptus and the deodorizing power of litsea. Will not discolour clothes or fabrics.

HOW TO USE FOR LAUNDRY: Moisten fabric and apply wet bar directly to stain to create suds on both sides of the fabric, wash as directed.

FOR CARPETS AND UPHOLSTERY: Wet bar and rub into a sponge, apply soapy sponge directly onto stain, remove excess suds with damp cloth and let dry.

How To Use Soapnuts To Wash Real Cloth Nappies

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 08 June, 2015

For all those newly initiated Soapnut revolutionaries, here’s a little how-to wash real/cloth nappies that should help you get rid of all stains and odours!

Step 1 – Preparing your nappies

When using the real/cloth nappies if they are cotton, hemp or bamboo wash them 3 – 4 times before use to improve absorbency (no need to dry them in between washes). You may also want to wash the covers, check the manufacturers wash instructions/advice.

Step 2 – Storing soiled nappies

Most nappy pails/buckets come with mesh bag liners. When baby soils his nappy, change as usual with real nappies and then place soiled nappies into mesh bag in bucket (so you don’t need to touch it) and when the bag is full simply pick up bag and deposit in machine. For poopy nappies, dispose of poop/disposable liner in toilet, place soiled nappy in mesh bag in nappy bucket, change as usual.

Step 3 – To soak or not to soak

Check the manufacturers instructions as some real nappies/covers/liners etc should not be soaked. If You Can soak them, then soak soiled nappies for a couple of hours in cold water (hot water can set stains) before washing them, to help with stain removal. Alternatively, just run them through a cold cycle first (recommended so urine and the bits get washed away).

Step 4 – Washing

Make sure you wash your real nappies using manufacturer instructions. Some nappies can be washed at 40 degrees, some at 60 degrees, so just check the wash instructions before washing. Also if your baby is younger than 6 months old ( and manufacturer instructions allow) it may be better to wash at 60 degrees C to remove bacteria, as they are still developing a resistance to infection.

Now here's the breakdown of how to use Soapnuts in your wash:

Washing with Soapnut Shells:
Simply put five of our Organic Soapnut Shells into wash bag, soak them for three minutes in hot water, then put soaked nuts into drum with cloth nappies. Wash as directed. Once used, our Soapnuts can be reused up to 4 more times.

Washing with Soapnut Powder: Simply put two tablespoons of our Organic Soapnut Powder in a sock/muslin bag and tie a knot in it, put in drum of machine with cloth nappies. Wash as directed.

Washing with Concentrated Soapnut Liquid: You can use 1 or 2 teaspoons of our Concentrated Soapnut Liquid in the drawer of your washing machine. Add clothes, wash as directed.

Washing with Homemade Soapnut Liquid: Once you have made your Homemade Organic Soapnut Liquid, pour 1 -2 cups into drum of washing machine, add wash load, and wash as directed.

For any stains: Try a natural stain remover like our 100% Natural Stain Remover.

Adding a Fragrance: You can add Essential Oils  which will help to disinfect the wash. Simply add 5 - 10 drops onto the soapnut wash bag or sock and add to the wash with your clothes. Best antibacterial essential oils are: Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemon Myrtle, Orange, Geranium & Rose.

You can also use our Pure Floral Water Linen Sprays onto drying nappies, which are all antibacterial and leave a gentle fragrance.

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