*Note - KEEP AWAY FROM EYES
Place 4 full or 8 half shells (or equivalent in pieces) in the wash bag (or old sock knotted at top) and place in washing machine (in with the clothes). Wash as normal. Soap nut shells can be reused 3-4 times depending on temperature washed at (hotter washes have less rewashes). Then just put them in your compost.
Put 6 soap nut shells to 500 mls of water and bring to boil the allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool, strain and add (CLEAR) liquid to empty spray bottle. This can be used to clean the house from top to bottom - including windows. You can add few drops of eucalyptus oil (optional). Dispose of shells in compost.
Place 3-4 Soap Nut shells in wash bag and allow to steep in hot bathwater for 5 minutes. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
Mix up a mild Soap Nut/water solution (3-4 soap nut shells with 1 litre hot water) and use to soak jewellery before rinsing, drying and polishing.
Shampoo / Hand Cleaner
Place 3 Soap Nut shells and 500ml water. Simmer for 10 minutes, you can also add any essential oils to scent (Lavender is great). The shampoo will not lather as you may be used to but it will clean your hair. PLEASE KEEP AWAY FROM THE EYES.
This liquid works great in our Foaming Bottle to get that great foaming effect (note only use the CLEAR liquid).
In the garden
Mix up a Mild solution of Soap Nuts/water (3-4 Soap Nut shells with 1 litre hot water.) Spraying the mild solution on garden plants can help keep some parasites away.
Mix up a mild solution (3-4 Soap Nut shells with 1 litre hot water.) PLEASE KEEP AWAY FROM THE EYES (can also be useful for prevention of parasites).
Delicates Hand washing solution
Place 6-8 half shells in 500ml boiling water. Allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes and add essential oils if desired. Add to sink/bucket and use to soak and hand wash delicates.
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