DIY Liquid Soap Nuts & Dish Soap

I already shared on using 100% organic Soap Nuts for laundry. So be sure to check out How to Do Laundry Almost Free, Naturally! Why spend needlessly on laundry products? But today we’ll learn how to make liquid soap nuts, to use for cleaning, body wash, and as organic dish soap! You can use it to clean your whole house, and save even more money!

Making Soap Nuts Liquid is quick and simple, involving almost no mess!

  • Place between 10-15 soap nuts and 2 liters (8 cups) water in a sauce pan.
  • You can even use the consumed soap nuts that you already used for laundry!
  • Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat, cover, and let simmer 10-20 minutes.
  • Allow liquid to cool, and remove nuts, squeezing every bit of the soap into the pan.
  • Stir in 1 tsp citric acid as a natural preservative.
  • Strain and pour into sealed container. Store in fridge to keep longer, or even freeze for longer storage! NOTE: Compost the nuts, or save to make garden spray, see below.*

Household Uses:

Soap nuts (either whole or made into liquid) are what we use for laundry. They’re cheap, organic, and 100% biodegradable. But the liquid is also great for cleaning almost anything! it disinfects, degreases, shines, and requires no rinsing.

How to use for cleaning: Pour directly into a spray bottle or put 1 tbsp into a bucket of warm water.

  • Laundry: machine or hand wash, and also use to clean shoes.
  • Cleaning: formica, countertops, appliances, bathroom fixtures, ceramic, china, window, glass, crystal, pvc, plastic, stainless steel, chrome, metals, floors, carpets, wood, leather, silver, copper, brass, brick, marble, and granite. And even electronics, without spraying directly on them.
  • In the bathroom: body wash, face & hand wash, shampoo.
  • In the kitchen: washing fruits and vegetables.
  • Outdoor uses: wash your car and outdoor furniture.
  • Insect repellent: rub liquid on skin and let dry; good for pets too.
  • Pets: use to wash pets and bedding, which will also help to keep insects away. Do not get in eyes or mucous membranes.
  • Plant pest spray: mix water & liquid in a 10-to-1 ratio, spray plant & let dry. Optional: add 1 tbsp Neem oil. [Special note: place nuts you’ve already used in a spray bottle with water. Set in the sun until foam forms when shaken. Use as plant spray.]
  • Jewelry cleaner: soak in the liquid, then scrub with toothbrush.
  • Dishes: hand or machine wash; add white vinegar as a natural rinse aid.

How to wash dishes with Soap Nuts:

Many people just place 2-5 soap nuts in the basket of their automatic dishwasher, or pour a little of the liquid into the soap compartment. But for dishwasher-free folk, like us, simply add 1 tbsp liquid to a sink or tub filled with hot water, and wash as usual. But I prefer more suds for better degreasing, so I make Soap Nuts Froth!

Pour some liquid into a hand-pump milk frother, like the one above. Pump until frothy and thick, like cappuccino! Dip your sponge or dish rag into the froth, and proceed to wipe dishes clean, then rinse. And that’s all there is to it! Dishes come out squeaky clean, and glassware shinier and more spot-free than ever.

So — happy cleaning, happier savings, and an even happier environment, which brings a smile to our Creator’s face!

[Image ©TheScorziellos-Sheila]

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