Eco-Nuts, Soap Nuts for Everyday DIY Natural Cleaning!
This blog post is a review & DIY recipes all in one to show you how & what ways I have loved using Eco-Nuts in my everyday Do it yourself cleaning ideas. But you can find a lot of recipes right on their website here.
Soap nuts for more than just Laundry.
We have used soap nuts before but it has been awhile, the website I was buying the natural dried Berries went out of business or something & I had been meaning to find another good source for soap nuts. Along the way I did try the dried soap nuts powder & bits & liquids & most bothered my daughter giving her a rash or hives, some were ok & did not bother her but cost far too much. So I really wanted to get back to another quality company to buy the all natural nuts/berries & thank goodness Eco-Nuts Soap Nuts came along.
Laundry: To me the easiest way to do laundry is to add 4 or 5 berries to a little cloth bag & use in about 10 loads of laundry, easy & effective. So for me the best & easiest way is not to mix the powder or the liquid made from the soap nuts with my DIY laundry soaps. Simply throw the bag in the washer & add less of my DIY laundry soap or just some baking soda & borax, or just some vinegar. Pretty much whatever I decide that load needs, & of course I always add my Bleach Alternative to the bleach dispenser & softener dispenser as well. (find my DIY Laundry ideas here, & find my DIY bleach alternative recipe here). I have never had an issue with dingy or smelly clothes, soap nuts keep my clothes clean & smelling fresh & is even great at removing dirt & grime. I have used the DIY Soap nuts liquid in my laundry but far prefer the ease & effectiveness of just adding berries to the cloth bag & doing it that way.
I love these Eco-Nuts Soap nuts & they are so great for our sensitive skin, they clean well, are very versatile & fit into our natural DIY life perfectly.
Eco Nuts® Soap Nuts are a berry shell that naturally contains soap. They grow on the Sapindus mukorossi (Soap Berry) tree in the Himalayas.
Making Liquid: Turning your soap nuts into liquid is really not that hard at all, & the resulting liquid can be used in so many DIY recipes around your home.
I followed the easy directions right on the Eco-Nuts Page How to make Soap nuts Liquid. I tried both the stove top & the overnight soaking method to make soap nuts liquid & I far prefer the stove top method.
What I did was got a stainless medium size mixing bowl I like to use when doing things like this on the stove. I used my filtered RO water rather than use tap water, I like my cleaners to have more pure water in them to last longer.
I got 4 cups of RO water just to simmering & added 1 cup of soap nuts berries (If I remember correctly it was about 20 berries). I let the soap nuts just simmer for 10 minutes or so & I stirred them every now & then with my bamboo spoon. Then I removed the bowl from the heat & sat a plate over it to allow my soap nuts to steep in the liquid until cooled (I left them over night).
In the morning I used my handheld dough blender to crush & & mix in the soap nuts (because I do not have a handheld potato masher). Then I strained the liquid through a mesh strainer (or use a nut milk bag, they work great). Now I have my liquid in jars so I can use it for recipes.
As a side note Eco-Nuts states ” It’s best to make your soap nuts liquid in smaller batches, as it’s free of preservatives. To store home-made detergent longer than a week or two, keep it in the fridge, or freeze it into ice cubes. A few cubes can be used for each load of laundry.”
What I do is add about an ounce of colloidal silver to my jars of soap nuts liquid so I do not have to worry about it spoiling to soon & that seems to work great.
Boil again for shampoo: But do not throw out those boiled soap nuts yet! Yes they can safely at this point be thrown out or added to your compost bin, but I like to add 3 cups of water, simmer, cool, mash & strain again & repeat one more time (yes I boil 2 extra times) I use this diluted version of Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid as shampoo/nopoo for my hair (directions below).
DIY cleaning recipes using the liquid:
Soft scrub for sinks, counter, toilet, tub, faucets, shower etc: 1 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of the Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid, 1 tbsp peroxide & 1 tbsp water. Optional add: 10 to 15 drops each of lemon & eucalyptus essential oils.
Store in an old soft scrub container or a container with a sealing lid, use just like soft scrub. Great for tubs, sinks, faucets, toilets, tile, shower doors anywhere there are water spots & lime deposits.
Options: to make a thicker paste gradually add salt & corn starch
Grime fighting Shower/Tub cleaner: 1 & 1/2 cups of white vinegar (heated) add to spray bottle then add 1 & 1/4 cups of Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid, shake to mix. Optional to add, essential oils like lemon & eucalyptus. Use to clean your sinks, tubs and showers.
Toilet bowl cleaner: 2 tbsp baking soda, 2 tbsp borax, 1 tbsp of Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid, 1 to 2 cups white vinegar.
Add the baking soda & borax to the toilet bowl water, stir around with toilet brush, add the liquid soap & swish it around, then add the vinegar & let it fiz, scrub with brush then flush, if very dirty let it sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom or overnight before scrubbing & flushing.
Options: Add warmed water to the toilet bowl first, or heat the vinegar before adding.
Oven cleaner: Make a paste of baking soda, Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid & water, spray the inside of the oven with vinegar & water then sprinkle/rub on the paste. For general cleaning I like to let it sit about 1/2 hours, for badly burned on stains overnight. I have also found it effective to spray well before adding paste then preheating to 250 & turn off right away, spraying again if needed & letting sit till cooled. After it has sat long enough use a scrub brush, wash cloth or sponge to clean it out, use fresh water if needed, after done use a spray bottle with vinegar & water to clean it well.
Dish Soap: Of course the Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid can be used as is for dishes & we have used it that way a lot, we hand was our dishes because our dishwasher has not worked for a while now (very old) so I do not know how well the liquid works in a dishwasher. But we also like to add it to homemade dish soap recipes.
DIY dish soap: 1 quart of pure water (filtered), 1 cup of washing soda, (optional: 1 cup of borax), 1 cup of Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid. heat on med low & stir until the mixture of washing soda & borax have dissolved, let cool, strain into a squeeze bottle & add 2 tbsp of lemon juice concentrate. Use as you normally would, it will be low sudsing.
Multi-Purpose cleaner: In large spray bottle add 1/2 cup white vinegar, 2 to 4 tbsp Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid shake & use for everything from counters, walls, mirrors, glass, wood, bathroom, kitchen, nursery & more.
Natural liquid soap: If you read my DIY cleaning blog series on cleaning the whole house or any of my other DIY cleaning recipes & the recipe calls for natural liquid soap, you can easily the Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid in any of those recipes.
Washing hair: I found using the diluted Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid that I made from my 2nd & third boiling as stated in the directions above is great for using in my hair about once a week, so it works great as part of my NoPoo routine. The basic recipe is to mix 1/4 cup of the diluted Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid in 2 cups of warm water & put in an old shampoo container & use amount desired. (or you can use the already diluted Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid straight).
Another great hair recipe: I also like to mix up as I go instead of make my hair washing recipes ahead of time, so I keep an orange picture in the bathroom & the items we use for washing our hair & we add warm water & mix with our hand & pour over dry hair. I simply add about 3 cups hot water, 3 tbsp of the diluted Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid, 1 to 2 tsp of baking soda, and 1 tsp of borax. Mix with hand until dissolved & pour over & work into hair.
For washing pets: OK for our little dog this has been great, I use the same diluted Eco-Nuts Soap nuts liquid in a spray bottle & spray the wet dog & work in (again low sudsing). I have also used the same recipe I use on my hair with baking soda & borax on the dogs hair with great results.
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