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Can soap nuts be used in my high efficiency (HE) or front load washer?
Yes. Because they are low sudsing they work very well in these washers. You may use 4 or 5 soap nuts in the bag or you can use 3 or 4 tablespoons of soap nuts liquid in the detergent drawer.
Are soap nuts safe for those with sensitive skin?
Absolutely! Soap nuts are highly recommended for those with allergies or sensitive skin. They are 100% natural, free of synthetic chemicals and are hypoallergenic. Soap nuts are wonderful for use by those who are sensitive to the dyes, perfumes and chemicals used in most commercial detergents and cleansers. Most people who are irritated by such commercial products find soap nuts their ideal solution.
What other uses are there for Soap Nuts?
Soap nuts are superb for not only laundry, but can replace many cleaning products in the average home. From dishes to fine jewelry, soap nuts provide a natural effective solution. Saponin, the active ingredient in soap nuts, is a highly effective alternative to many common yet toxic cleaning chemicals. This includes cleansers for household and personal hygiene. The known cleaning properties are wide and diverse. Being so gentle saponins are even excellent for shampoos, and many other personal care products. Finally, there is a good cleanser that will not leave your hands rough, dry and scaly!
Are Soap Nuts good for pets?
Absolutely! Many people use soap nuts liquids for bathing their pets. The odor reducing properties of the soap nuts make for a remarkably effective pet shampoo.
Are soap nuts good for washing cloth diapers?
Absolutely! Interestingly, we first learned of soap nuts from mom's using cloth diapers. Commercial detergents and soaps contain chemicals that build up in the diaper. Not only do these chemicals break down the fibers of the material causing it to loose absorbency, but can also be irritating to your baby's skin. In addition, soap nuts are very effective at removing odors!
I see very little suds when washing with soap nuts, are they cleaning my clothes?
Yes. Suds should not be equated to cleaning power. We have been brainwashed to think this way through decades of marketing. The foaming you see with most detergents is because of the chemicals and fillers used. Soap nuts produce very little suds, but they are still working very effectively. Your clothes will come out of the wash clean and fresh.
Does it matter that some of the soap nuts are pieces instead of whole?
No. In order to properly inspect and sort to ensure the quality of your soap nuts, we remove all very small pieces. Our select grade is composed of whole nut shells and large pieces. Since agitation is a catalyst in releasing the saponin, small pieces will work fine and possibly even release the saponin faster. Do not hesitate to break up the soap nuts into smaller pieces if desired, or be concerned if they are broken up while handling. Soap nuts can be even ground into fine powder.
Soap nuts have a vinegar-like scent. Will my laundry have this scent?
The scent of the soap nuts does not transfer to your clothes. Amazingly, clothes come out of the wash smelling totally fresh and clean. There is not even a trace scent of the soap nut itself. A pure soap nuts liquid has an unpleasant scent also. It will not transfer to your laundry either. Nor will it leave a scent after other cleaning uses. If you prefer a scent, you can simply add a few drops of your essential oil of choice to a damp wash cloth and drop it in the dryer. The scent of the oil will remain.
I use bleach in my whites. Are soap nuts a substitute for bleach?
No. If you desire to bleach your whites, adding your bleach of choice will not affect the cleaning power of the soap nuts.
If the soap nuts stay in the wash through the rinse cycle, don't they keep releasing soap?
No, as long as you are using cold water in the rinse cycle. Soap nuts release very little saponin during the rinse cycle. This is why it is best to pre-soften soap nuts in warm water, use a cup of soap nuts liquid, or soap nuts powder, when washing in cold water.
Do I use soap nuts in addition to my regular detergent?
No, soap nuts do a great job of cleaning your laundry by themselves. They are a natural laundry detergent and alternative to detergents containing chemicals. Use of them with a chemical detergent would be negating their primary purpose and benefit.
Should I use a fabric softener or dryer sheets anymore?
Normally there is no need, hence only if or when you feel the need. Soap nuts naturally soften your laundry and reduce static. We highly recommend using no additives at all. Due to certain combinations of fabrics and environmental conditions, sometimes additives may be desired, but the need will be dramatically reduced.
Is there anything that I should concern myself with in using Soap Nuts?
As with a chemical cleanser, the only thing that we highly recommend is that soap nuts (in all forms) should be kept out of reach of children and pets. Soap nuts are not consumable and are harmful if eaten. Given their date-like appearance in raw shell form, a bag of soap nuts could look like food to a child or pet. Given their absolutely horrible taste, it is quite unlikely that any child or even a pet would not literally gag at the taste, but we simply recommend using good judgment and common sense in the storage of them.