To clean up my laundry routine, I recently began using soap nuts instead of laundry detergent. Soap nuts (or soap berries) contain saponins, which are a natural soap-like substance that produce a lather when mixed with water. I’m so happy I discovered these! Not only do they clean my clothes as well as my previous store-bought laundry detergent, but they’re also chemical-free, super cheap and zero waste! 🙂
To use, I simply throw five soap nuts in a small muslin bag then put the bag directly in the drum of my HE washing machine with all my dirty clothes. After washing the load in warm water, I remove the bag of soap nuts so it can dry out. That’s it! The soap nuts are good for several washings (7-10) before they need to be composted.
To pre-treat stains, I use a stain remover laundry bar from The Soap Works. Happy washing 🙂