Directions and Tips for Using Soap Nuts


Place 3-5 soap nuts into a muslin bag or old sock. Tie bag or sock closed. Toss into your laundry along with your clothes. Remove before placing clothes in dryer. Toss in with next load, or set out to dry. Reuse 4 to 7 times.

The amount of soap nuts used per load, as well as how long they will last, will vary depending on type of washer, temperature of water, as well as softness of water. The general rule is to use 5 soap nuts if you have a standard washer verses using 3 to 4 soap nuts if you have an HE washer. You will get 4 to 5 uses using the standard washer verses 6 to 7 uses in an HE washer. Results vary. Using cold water will prolong use of soap nuts as well, regardless of washer. Experiment. Let results speak for themselves. Don’t get hung up on specifics.

LIQUID RECIPE: Boil 10 soap nuts (or equivalent amount of pieces) in 6 cups of water in heavy saucepan. Boil steady for approximately 30-35 minutes. Water will evaporate to about 4 cups. (If you have less than 4 cups, simply add enough water to equal 4 cups.) Use approximately 2 tablespoons per normal load.
(Keep in mind there will be no preservatives in your liquid. If you’ve made enough liquid to last more than a week or two, it’s a good idea to keep it refrigerated in a clearly labeled bottle. Or, you can simply freeze liquid in ice cube trays and use as needed.)

Other Uses for Liquid:

  • Household Cleaning – pour liquid into spray bottle, full strength or diluted. Use for sinks, counter-tops, floors, etc.
  • Windows and Glass – Fill spray bottle with water, add .5 oz liquid and wipe clean with dry cloth or newspaper (vinegar optional)
  • Jewelry Cleaner – Soak jewelry in liquid as long as needed. Remove debris with soft brush. Rinse. Buff and polish.
  • Bathing – Use soap nuts in wash bag and rub until lather develops. Use bag to wash. Excellent for eczema, psoriasis and other irritating skin conditions. As with any new product, patch test.