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100% ecological alternative universal detergent
Soapnuts have been successfully used in India and Nepal as detergent for over hundreds of years.
The 15 m high soapnut tree (botanical name Sapindus Mukorossi Gaertn) was originally indigeous to the South of India. In the nineteenth century the tree was introduced in the Mediterranean and the U.S., with a current worldwide distribution.
A tree bears its first fruit after 10 years and can then be harvested for over 90 years long. An essential aspect in the ecology is that the plant does not exhaust the soil, so artificial fertilization is not necessary.
The husk of the nut contains 15% Saponin, a sticky substance that the plant uses as repellent against bacteria and fungi and which has a strong washing power. When the husks come in contact with hot water, the natural soap (saponin) creates a mild detergent solution.
Soapnuts can easily withstand comparison with chemical detergents.
Here the same benefits at a glance:
Use in washing machine or manually.
Use the extract (see below) manual or for use in the dishwasher. The Soapnuts give the dishes a nice sheen.
Making an extract
Bring 1 liter of water to boil and add 10 husks.
Gently simmer for a few minutes and let cool. Let the mixture soak overnight then you throw the husks on the compost heap.
You now have a detergent for several uses: