Tiny Trash Can zero waste laundry soap nuts

Zero waste laundry

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.

I buy my soap nuts in bulk at Bulk Barn, but you can also buy a brand of soap nuts called Eco Nuts on Amazon, which is packaged in a cardboard box.

To pre-treat stains, I use a stain remover laundry bar from The Soap Works. Happy washing 🙂

Tiny Trash Can zero waste laundry stain remover bar

2 thoughts on “Zero waste laundry”

  1. I’ve never heard of soap nuts but would like to try them. My husband made a good point…. how do the clothes get rinsed if the nuts are in the washing machine for the duration of the cycles?

    1. That’s a great question! Since soap nuts work best with warm or hot water, I don’t think they’re releasing their “soap” during the cold rinse cycle. If you decide to try soap nuts, don’t overload your washing machine since soap nuts need a fair amount of agitation to work their magic. And be sure to pretreat extra soiled clothes with a stain remover since soap nuts don’t remove grease or oils well. Let me know how it goes!

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