Clean Laundry Kit Instructions

NaturOli Soaps---from their website
The name Soap Nut is misleading for it is the shell that actually works. The soap nut SHELL contains and releases the saponins (soap) when it comes in contact with warm or hot water. (See directions for use in cold water.) Agitation further releases these saponins. The saponins then circulate as a natural surfactant (surface active ingredient). They break down the surface tension between water and oil in the wash water reducing the surface tension of the water aiding it in freeing dirt, grime and oils from clothes. Essentially this is the exact same fundamental principle that applies to how most detergents and soaps work. It's simply not achieved via use of synthetic chemicals.
Ready for use by the end user directly from harvest, extraction of the saponin from the soap nuts requires nothing more than putting them directly in the wash machine in warm water. Drawstring bags are used to contain the soap nut shells, and the shells can be reused until their saponin content has been depleted. Given that the saponins are naturally a low sudsing detergent, they are ideal for high efficiency (HE) washers and even carpet cleaners.
Important points about Soap Nuts:

  • Effectively clean laundry - leaving it softer and fresher that you may have ever experienced.Antimicrobial properties. Removes microbes from laundry.
  • Natural anti-fungal properties.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Great for removing odors.
  • Mild and gentle on fabric structure and colors.
  • Low sudsing: Good for all washers. Excellent for high efficiency (HE) washers.
  • Eliminate the need for fabric softener.
  • 100% biodegradable.
  • No animal testing.
  • Requires no manufacturing processes. No chemicals or fossil fuels needed to produce.
  • A primary product from a sustainable source.
  • Does not pollute our water systems.
  • Good for septic and grey water systems.
  • Environmentally safe.
  • Natural product with basically an endless shelf life.

How to use:  place the equivalent of 6 to 8 whole nuts (because some are pieces) in the muslin bag and tie once.  I have never had one open on me and if you tie in a knot it will be very difficult to untie.  When it gets wet it tightens up.  For best results, use with a hot water load first as this will soften the nuts and release more saponins.  I use for  5-6 loads and then throw the spent nuts in the compost!   

For more information on other ways to use soap nuts here is their website:

For the best value, they sell 5 lbs bags (which for me would be 5 years’ worth but we have a small family) on amazon: and with shipping it would be less than $12/per year!

Dryer Balls
Add one to two drops of your favorite Young Living Oils to each ball every couple of loads, depending on how strong you want the scent to be.  Just thow in your dryer with the laundry and you are good to go.  If you get static, you can dampen the balls or attached safety pins to each one.

Some of my favorite scent combos:

Lavender and Lemon
Lavender and Lemongrass
Citrus Fresh
Ylang Ylang and Citrus Fresh
Orange and Ylang Ylang

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