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soap nuts

August 22nd, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Yes, don't need to rub your eyes. Soap nuts.

Two weeks ago I bought a sample of these for $2. I got a little muslin bag, and inside were 7-8 dried shells of

Text is Sapindus and Link is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapindus
Sapindus. The guy I bought them from at the farmer's market claimed that they were good for about 7-8 washings. So far, I've used them for 4.

Using them is pretty easy - plunk your clothes in the washer, plunk the muslin bag in the load, run the washer. Intercept the muslin bag when you load the clothes in the dryer for use in the next load ... the hard part, because the muslin bag has hiding skills.

Clothes in the dryer (or hung) ... supposedly the clothes need no fabric softener. Whatever that is. Smile!

I've really enjoyed using them. My clothes don't have any fragrance, they are clean (not that they get all that dirty) and feel soft ... although they still have some static when you pull them out of the dryer. Think I might get some more.

When they have given their all, the soap nuts can be composted.

Anybody else use them? For once, a cheap solution. (.25$/load)

4 Responses to “soap nuts”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I have never heard of them! Im interested to know if you are satisfied enough to continue..thanks for sharing Baselle!

  2. snoopycool Says:

    I've never heard of them, either. Although not used for soap, white vinegar in the rinse cycle leaves my clothes static-free and soft.

  3. PauletteGoddard Says:

    This comment is in response to your request for offal suggestions. Questionland.com, a local free market of questions and answers, recently had a "meat week" theme. Chef Tamara Murphy, formerly of Brasa and now proprietor of the soon-to-be-built Terra Plata, suggests that liver requires soaking to remove it of impurities, and to chop/dice it finely with some shallots and herbs. Beef heart, Sally Fallon, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and James Beard have recipes for heart: a tame method to getting heart in your food is to grind it up with some chicken livers and some ground beef for a spaghetti sauce.

    I'm reminded to throw some shekels at a Beef CSA (leaning toward Skagit River Ranch).

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Heh! When I saw your post title, for some reason I read it as "Soup Nazi" and was instantly brought back to the Seinfeld years. Big Grin

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