soap nuts even cheaper

The other day I was searching for other ways to use soap nuts.  We have been using them for our laundry for some time now, but I knew they could be used in other ways as well.  I came across a genius idea.  Which is still laundry-related :)  I’ll explore other uses soon enough.

Check out this original post on how to make a liquid soap using soap nuts.

I followed the laundry soap directions…mostly.

I boiled 12 nuts instead of 8.  After I boiled the 8 nuts in the 8 cups.  I then boiled the same nuts in 4 more cups. By doing this I made 12 soap nuts into 12 cups of liquid soap.  I use 2 tablespoons per load.

The original directions for using soap nuts in laundry is to put 8 nuts in a bag to toss into the laundry.  I usuallly reuse the bag 5 or so times.

Making the liquid has a two-fold benefit.

1.  12 cups will last at least a month but I’m thinking two (instead of 5-7 loads)  which makes this super cheap laundry soap even cheaper!

2.  The liquid soap provides an equally strong amount of washing quality vs. each load having less and less soap in it.

So there it is.  The absolutely least expensive laundry detergent ever.  The fact that it’s completely organic makes soap nuts a perfect fit for this frugal family.

weird stuff we do

About one month ago our laundry washing habits changed dramatically.  I have long used Costco detergent, and then switched to the environmentally friendly variety.  While buying laundry detergent in bulk saves money…I’m always looking for even more ways to save.

I decided to change to a vinegar and baking soda, but I was swayed to an even cheaper, and stranger in modern standards, alternative.  Soap Nuts.

What the heck are soap nuts?  How would that possibly get close to cleaning my kids’ filthy clothes?  What kind of weird hippy family are you running?

Let me explain.

1.  After a quick web search (gotta love Google), I determined that the least expensive soap nuts are found over at Green Virgin Products.  For $27.00 and (I believe) free shipping, I hopped on the soap nut band wagon…if one does not yet exist I’m creating one here.  27 bones gets you 330 + loads of fresh clean laundry that needs no softener.  Seriously none is need.  No static.

2.  There’s a wonderful page on how they work.

3.  I’m not a hippy, nor do I want to be (drugs are shunned in our house).  I am, however; a frugal person who is always trying to find ways to save a buck…and also money.  Often that results in using more natural products around the house.

Since using them I can most honestly say they work great.  We have lots of “potty accidents” here, not to mention cloth diapers that need mild yet strong cleaning, and also a new baby and a kid with mild eczema.

One soap for all these purposes is so nice.  I do use a laundry booster for my cloth diapers to insure bacterial removal (oxyclean baby), and I also use borax for heavily soiled washes (mostly rags towels ect).

Three cheers for healthy family choices that are simply a by-product of keeping more cash in the bank.