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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Three Reasons to Start Using Soap Nuts Now

Soap Nuts
Reason #1: Soap nuts are an eco-friendly alternative to regular laundry detergents. To use, place 4 - 6 nuts in a cotton muslin bag for an entire load of laundry. There will be little to no suds during the wash cycle and your clothes will smell slightly similar to apple cider. After a few uses, the soap nuts (not your clothes!) will look mushy and grey when they can no longer be used.  By the way, the cleansing properties of soap nuts are best released by warm water. If you are using cold water it is best to place the bag of soap nuts in some warm water before using. Soap nuts are especially good on delicate items.

Reason #2: If you are tired of the harsh chemicals that cause hair to be dry, brittle and lifeless, try using soap nuts. Place a couple of soap nuts in a cup of warm water, shake the cup a little to agitate the water, and then let then soap nuts sit for a few minutes. Use the water to wash your hair as you would any shampoo, and rinse accordingly. You may have to repeat the process a couple of times depending on thickness and type of hair.

Reason #3: Suffer from greasy, oily, or dry skin? if so, follow the same process you would to wash your hair and use water containing the soap nuts to rinse your face and/or the rest of your body. Your skin will thank you for it.

Bonus Reason: According to the website sustainablebabysteps.com, a versatile liquid soap nut solution can also be made by boiling two soap nuts for every one cup of water for 30 minutes.

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