Soapnut Soak is a wonder.
It basically turns soapnuts into liquid deterget — convenient and easy to use.
Making it takes less than 5 minutes — including the time it takes to find the utensils. Even if you’re no kitchen whiz, you’ll find the process is as effortless as making a pot of tea — with useful, economical results.
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a heavy saucepan with a lid.
- Turn off the heat and toss 6-8 soapnuts in the saucepan with the hot water. (If you're using Soapnut Bits, use about 1/2 cup).
- Cover the saucepan, and let it sit overnight.
- In the morning, fish out and discard the remaining soapnut shells.
- Pour the cooled liquid into a container with a lid. (Just about any container will do. We use a pretty antique bottle that makes us smile every time we reach for it. But an old spaghetti sauce jar will work just as well).
- (Optional) If you’d like your Soapnut Soak to have a scent, add your favorite essential oils. We suggest lemon or tea tree oil for bathroom cleanser, lavender for cold water laundry loads, and sweet orange for dishwasher cleaning liquid.
This batch of Soapnut Soak will wash at least 16 loads of laundry. Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup for each load. (You can adjust this amount as needed, depending on the size of the load and how dirty the contents are).
It can also be used to safely replace many household chemicals: window cleaner, bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner, floor cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, liquid hand soap, delicate laundry soap, and even shampoo.
You can also double or triple the recipe to accommodate your laundry schedule! Keep in mind, though, that If you’ve made enough to last more than a week or two, it’s a good idea to keep it refrigerated in a clearly labeled bottle.