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Soap Nuts

Has anyone ever used them?

We have got a small bag of them and are going to give them a go, so will report back after the first load.

But would be interested in finding out if anyone has used them and how they got on with them.

apparently not only are they good for the environment, they also work out about 4p a load of washing.


I've never used them and will be interested to know what you think.

Well we did a load yesterday, tried the stinky sports kits and put them on a 30 degree wash.

First thing was we had to soak them in warm water for 3 minutes before putting them into the wash, ok so not as quick as filling up the draw with powder or putting liquid into the wash but a minor problem.
Going forward will soak them before loading the washing machine to minimize the time waiting around.

When the washing was on, noticed the distinct lack of bubbles in the wash. But the results could not be faulted.
we did not put anything else in with the soapnuts (they say you can add essence oils if you wish) and the sports kit came out smelling like clean washing.

It was not a very dirty wash, but the items that were dirty, came out nice and clean.

So first impressions are looking good, will try a few more loads over the next couple of weeks and see how they perform, the do recommend adding 1 - 2 tablespoons of baking soda in the drawer and with whites also add white vinegar to remove stains, so will have to give that ago as well.

Apparently you can also add 3 soapnuts to the cutlery draw in the dishwasher and this will be ok for 3 loads of dish washing, again not tried this but will have a go over the weekend when we have more time.

Thank you So much for telling how they are doing! I'm ashamed to admit I've had a small bag for several years, but never gave them a try as I had no instructions with them and haven't looked anything up.

Now, I'm gonna have to give it a go!

Vinegar is excellent for removing stains of all kinds! I like putting it on as soon as I can and leaving the item to set a bit before I wash it (I also use apple cider vinegar exclusively, so don't know if that makes a difference or not...)

You might want to put them into a small linen bag, or something similar as they degrade, then once you have finished with them you can compost them.

I have used vinegar on a few stains and I agree it works well, not sure if it makes a difference unless the cider vinegar leaves a smell or something?

Thanks for the tip! don't know about the smell factor as I've never used the white vinegar, so no comparison....

That's well worth knowing, I think I might give these a go.  Interesting about the dishwasher too.

We gave them a run in the dishwasher last night.
Not the results we were expecting however.

The plates looked clean and free of any grease, as did the glasses, however the cutlery and the cups still looked dirty, the cups had tea rings on them, and still some marks on the cutlery.

Not sure if changing to a different wash setting would help or adding more soapnuts as we are in a hard water area.
Will try again over the weekend.

But they are doing well with the Laundry so will still get them for this alone.

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