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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The Many Uses Of Soapnuts In Ayurveda

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 11 March, 2015

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Did you know that Soapnuts are actually a fruit called a soapberry? Soapnuts are a popular herb to use in Ayurveda, because of it's cleansing and softening properties.
 In Ancient India these fruits were used as a naturally produced shampoo for washing hair and for getting rid of dandruff. It was also used for washing fine silks and woolen clothes. This is why some botanists have named the species as Sapindus detergens

In rural parts of India, Ritha foliage can be used as cattle fodder during drought and the whole plant has been used in the treatment of contaminated soil. Moreover, it has also been used for washing and bleaching cardamoms, to help improve colour and flavour.

The fruit is of considerable importance for its medicinal value as well. Ayurvedic, Unani and Tibetan systems of medicine consider it to be useful for treating a number of diseases like common cold, pimples, epilepsy, constipation, nausea, etc. 

Soapnuts have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat sensitive skin, eczema, hair and scalp problems, as a hair conditioner and to alleviate parasites such as lice. Soapnuts have a mild anti-bacterial and anti-microbial function and because of this they have been used in Ayurveda to treat infections, and to help keep the scalp free from bacteria which may cause dandruff or inhibit the growth of new hair.

Other uses of soapnuts also include cleaning jewellery, ljewellery cleaning with soapnutsike our picture (right) where a Himalayan artisan jewellery maker cleans his jewellery with a soft brush and soapnuts (image courtesy of Kaligarh). While you can use soapnuts for washing practically anything (dishes, floors, vegetables, pets), the most popular use for soapnuts is for washing hair.

Completely free from metals, toxins, additives, artificial colours, preservatives. Our organic wild-crafted Soapnuts are safe for people with sensitive skin, because they do not contain irritants or foaming agents like SLSs or Parabens. It is a common ingredient in most Ayurvedic and herbal shampoos as it is known to make hair shinier and softer with regular use. It is often used in herbal preparations with other ingredients like neem, shikakai and amla. Our Ayurvedic Shampoo Bar & Ayurvedic Herbal Hair Mask were created using Ayurvedic formulas which contain all of these amazing herbs.

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Organic Botanics Spotlight: Birch - Betula Alba

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 24 February, 2015

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The name of the Birch tree has been said to have derived from the Sanskrit word 'Bhurga' meaning a tree whose bark is used for writing on, as Birch bark can be easily separated and used as a paper. However it's uses doesn't stop there.

Birch trees are able to thrive and grow in any soil and is grown all over Europe where it is used for many applications. Because of the abundance of Birch, common uses include: broom handles and broom making, gunpowder charcoal and the oil from the tree is often used in the preparation of leather in Russia. A cordial can also be made by piercing the tree in March and draining the thin sugary sap. By adding honey, cloves and lemon and then fermenting the whole concoction you can make Birch Wine. 

Traditional healers have long considered Birch leaf a great healer for skin irritations because of it's super anti-inflammatory status. Birch tree contains betulinic acid that gives it its anti-inflammatory properties. As well as Birch having great anti-inflammatory powers, it is also antibacterial, and has been used to treat headaches, fevers, wounds, skin problems and strangely enough cellulite. 

Birch leaf decoctions are a great way to help alleviate bacteria and problems with eczema or psoriasis prone skin. Put 50g of Birch leaf in an old sock or small muslin bag, and boil it in 2 litres of water for 15 minutes. When it is cooled, you can add this to your bath water. Check the temperature of the decoction before you use it to avoid any discomfort. Alternatively, put the dried Birch leaf in the sock/muslin bag and add straight to your bath to soak and infuse the water. You can also use it as a compress by applying it to the skin whilst in the bath.

Birch has also been considered to strengthen skin tissue, tone the scalp and make hair soft and shiny as well as treating hair-loss! Because it contains saponins, it can open up pores which helps the other botanical ingredients to penetrate the scalp for maximum benefit. Its astringent property strengthens gums, hair and tightens muscles and regular use of birch treatments may help reduce wrinkles. As well as conditioning, Birch can help combat oily or greasy hair.

Products you can find it in: Soapnut Organic Herbal Hair Rinse Conditioner