Switching to Soap Nuts
Soap nuts, also known as soap berries, are a natural alternative to store-bought laundry detergents full of chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients. Grown on Sapindus trees, these berry-like fruits produce a soap called saponin, a natural surfactant. The shell absorbs water and releases the saponins which circulate in the wash water, freeing dirt, grime, and oils from clothing.
Soap nuts can also be used to clean dishes, windows, cars, jewelry, you and your pet! Because they’re 100% natural, they are biodegradable and therefore completely safe for septic systems, gentle on sensitive skin, including baby clothes, and are also antimicrobial. No need to fret, soap nuts are free of pesticides, as insects are naturally repulsed by saponin so there is no need to use them in cultivation.
Read more about Soap Nuts on Sustainable Baby Steps and learn how to use this natural product to wash clothes, dishes, windows and even your hair! Pick up your own satchel from Recycled City on Saturdays at the Market!