As every parent knows, washing clothes is just one of those daily jobs that need to be done (Daily! Especially if you have little ones in nappies or adventurous mites who, from the amount of mud they get on their clothes and themselves, must have been cute little piglets in a past life!). The challenge is to get the clothes clean without damaging the fabric and our precious environment in the process.
Being aware parents and spending our hard earned dollars on products that not only do the job, but are the best choice for the health of our family can sometimes seem like an exercise in hours of research. Especially with the volume of ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘green’ products on the market and the overwhelming (and sometimes very convincing!) marketing campaigns that we are bombarded with every time we look at a magazine/billboard/television/newspaper/computer screen or listen to the radio.
As a mum who has ‘done the time’ and spent many hours not only researching, but trying various products, I have found the best solution to all our cleaning requirements. They tick all my boxes and then some!
They are Sindhiya SoapNuts. Mother Nature’s gift to humanity that we simply can’t afford NOT to use!
100% Natural Sindhiya SoapNuts are:
ü Wild harvested (organic by nature)
ü Chemical free (they grow on a tree and have NOTHING added)
ü Antibacterial and antifungal
ü Non Allergenic (Safe to use on the most sensitive skin)
ü 100% Biodegradable and regenerative to soil as well as beneficial in grey water and septic systems
ü Truly Vegan friendly…not tested on animals in any way, nor are animals used in any process of harvesting.
ü Create no waste
ü Are economical – cheaper than other ‘eco-friendly’ detergents currently on the market
ü Simple to use and they really work!
What I like about them the most is that Mother Nature grows them! Yep…they grow on a tree and have nothing added to them nor are they processed in any way. Ideally they would grow in our back yard, but that isn’t the case here in Australia. They do, however, grow in the back yard of families in the Hazara District of Pakistan in the Himalayan Ranges and by using them, we are supporting families just like us that have an earth friendly, ethical and natural product from which to make a living.
Now being the aware mum that I am, I did have questions about the carbon footprint and ‘food’ miles of Sindhiya SoapNuts. Well…after many hours of research and conversations, these are my conclusions;
1) There are local plants that contain saponins, eg soapwort. However, it is comparatively difficult to make a liquid soap from these plants compared with SoapNuts. And, difficult to grow enough to meet all your household liquid soap needs! Farms of indigenous soapwort bushes would have to be established which would mess with the ecosystem (as we all know large scale, mono species farming isn’t sustainable!), and wouldn’t be successful as per the aforementioned point…it’s comparatively difficult to make a liquid soap from these plants.
2) SoapNuts are currently the only truly 100% natural alternative to detergent soaps such as any of the retail available laundry liquids, shampoos, dishwashing liquids etc. AND when you take into consideration the carbon footprint of an ‘eco-friendly’ detergent (they are manufactured into a powder or liquid and then packaged in plastic bottles or cardboard boxes, both of which are printed on with branding. This packaging then has to be disposed of somehow! A carbon footprint is attached to each of these processes which are not 100% natural!) the ‘food’ miles of shipping Sindhiya SoapNuts to Australia works out much less. Because Mother Nature grows them on a tree and the tree drops the SoapNuts naturally and local people hand collect the SoapNuts and then hand pack them into hand sewn reusable cotton bags, there is no carbon footprint in comparison.
3) Supporting fair trade and poor communities in other countries is something we need more of. Especially if they have an abundance of a natural product and no other way of making a living. It is a symbiotic relationship….we support one another to support the earth and our families! Everybody benefits.
4) SoapNuts weigh next to nothing so tons of them can be shipped via sea, with a comparatively small carbon footprint.
So having done the sums, I can happily say that Sindhiya SoapNuts have a lower carbon footprint and are the only truly 100% natural detergent soap product available.
The other benefit of Sindhiya SoapNuts is that they can be reused! Making them very economical. It’s amazing! They can be used in their wash bag in the washing machine for around 5 wash loads and THEN REUSED as a multipurpose liquid. They can be used in the dishwasher and THEN REUSED as a multipurpose liquid. They can be used in the bath with the children, giving them a totally safe and gentle body wash as well as providing some fun in the bath (my two boys turn them into submarines and floating ‘poo’ J boys will be boys!), and THEN REUSED as a multipurpose liquid. They can be used as a liquid concentrate for frontloading washing machines and all purpose household cleaner. I use them to clean my whole house, from the kitchen bench and stove top, to my bathroom, toilet and walls (little fingerprints in date, dirt &, wait for it….beetroot! I did mention I have boys, yes?!).
SoapNuts are buyativan so multipurpose and economical – when you add up how much you may spend on a toilet cleaner, window cleaner, oven cleaner, bench top spray, carpet/upholstery shampoo, room deodoriser, laundry detergent, dishwasher powder, washing liquid, bathroom soap, shampoo, hand wash, pet wash, bug spray and bubble bath……it’s a small fortune! SoapNuts do the job of all of these products and costs much, much less!
So….HOW DO YOU USE THEM?.
Place 5 SoapNuts into the wash bag provided and seal the bag (I do this by looping the string over the opening as you would a rubber band). Pop it with your clothes into the washing machine and do your wash load. Skip the rinse cycle if the load isn’t too heavily soiled. There is no residue from the SoapNuts left in the fabric of your washing, so you don’t actually need to do a rinse. BUT, if your machine insists, then think of it as a double dose of cleaning power!
Take your clean washing out of the machine and hang it on the line. Leave your wash bag in the washing machine or keep it in a jar of water or hang it on the line with your washing! Keeping it in a jar of water gives an indication of when to reload your wash bag with fresh SoapNuts because the water will change from a rusty colour to clear. This means that no more saponin is being released just by sitting in water!
When you reload your wash bag, put the ‘used’ SoapNuts into a jar of water. (keep adding used SoapNuts (ones that have been used in the bath, or in the dishwasher) to the jar until you have approximately 20/25 used SoapNuts).
WHAT TO DO WITH THE USED SOAPNUTS? Place these into a pot with 1 litre of water and bring to the boil. Gently simmer for approximately 20 minutes to extract the last bit of saponin remaining in the SoapNuts. Strain the liquid and place the SoapNuts into your compost bin or simply sprinkle on your garden beds. You now have 1 litre of multipurpose liquid. This is what you can use for all of the aforementioned cleaning jobs around the house. I add different essential oils to my spray/pump bottles of SoapNut Multipurpose liquid depending on what I’m using it for. Have a look at the Secrets & Recipes page on my website for some suggestions. You can use whatever essential oil takes your fancy….or change them around according to your mood!
SoapNuts are truly a gift from Mother Nature and with all their benefits, I won’t use anything else! Give them a try and see for yourself. I know you are going to LOVE them!