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Ingredient: Himalayan Soapnuts
Laundry: Place 6-8 soapnut-halves in the small cotton pouch included in the package of Himalayan Soapnuts™. Make sure to tie the drawstrings shut. Place the pouch of soapnuts in the washing machine with your laundry. For a scented wash, sprinkle a few drops of your favourite essential oil directly on the cotton pouch before tossing it in the washing machine. For heavily soiled or stained laundry, use the soapnuts in combination with non-toxic, bleach-free stain-removing salt (sodium percarbonate).
All Purpose Cleaner: Himalayan Soapnuts™ are excellent for washing dishes and cleaning. The soapnut suds are extremely gentle and softening on the skin, so there is no irritation or dryness experienced when washing dishes. Here’s how to make a Soapnut Solution: In a small/medium cooking pot with a lid, add some water, and cook a small handful of soapnuts for about five minutes. Cover the pot with a lid while cooking. After five minutes, remove the pot from heat and let cool. Remove the soapnut shells, and place in the compost. Experiment with the amount of soapnuts you cook each time to determine the strength of solution that bests suits your needs.
Hair Shampoo: By making a soapnut solution and placing it in a squeeze bottle, or a reusable shampoo bottle, you can use it as an everyday shampoo. It is wonderful for helping to get rid of dandruff or psoriasis. Try it for a body wash too!
Taking Care of Your Plants: A mild soapnut solution is wonderful for getting rid of common houseplant pests, and protecting the plants from possible ones. The mild suds deter any prospective pests due to the saponin content, which is repulsive to insects and pests. Simply make a mild solution and put into a spray bottle. Spray generously onto the foliage of your plants and the top of the soil.
Reusing Your Soapnuts: Once you have used the soapnuts in the laundry, remove them and let them dry completely. When they have dried, they are ready to be used again. After their second use, set them aside to dry. Try making a soapnut solution with them for all-purpose cleaning. When the soapnuts have been used to their full potential, throw them into the composter.