Friday, March 26, 2010

Laundry Preparedness

Soap nuts. Soapberries. What?

Gallon boxes of clothes soap can take up quite a bit of space, are heavy, are not helping you become sustaining because eventually, you run out. Used water from a washer can't be put on plants as greywater unless you pay extra for degradable soap. Soapnuts are healthy, natural, and cheap, plus they take up very little room and store really well in a 5-gallon bucket. You don't have any of those, do you?!

Check out what I found today: they're called mukorossi soap nuts. It's a deseeded fruit. You put 3-5 nuts in a muslin bag (or old sock, tied off) and throw it in with the wash.

Check this soap nut blog for price comparisons between a few major brands of clothes soap.

Here's a link to buy them.

"Trees are easily grown from seed but will take 9 to 10 years before they produce soap nuts. You can now buy the seeds, but if you buy the shells for soap, you may be lucky enough to find the odd seed in your pack. Soap nuts are excellent for us (and our pets), leaving the skin with a soft, smooth layer which can also protect against infections (and insects).

* Hair becomes silkier, easy to comb, takes longer to become oily, and there is no longer any need to use a conditioner.
* The use of soap nuts helps remove dandruff: just leave on the scalp for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing.
* It discourages nits and lice with its anti-microbial properties.

One has to get used to a lack of suds that manufacturers have brain washed most into believing is what cleans our hair. “Look at all the rich suds” they say, whether for dishwashing detergent or shampoo, yet if you confront them they will admit that chemical foam agents do nothing towards cleaning anything, but are just a ‘cosmetic’ appearance to sell their product!

I was told 23 years ago by the Wessex Cancer Help Centre in UK that the first thing they told their cancer patients was to stop the use of all detergents, including soaps and shampoos.

Now it has also been reported that sodium laurel sulphate in shampoos contributes to cataracts and no, you don’t have to get it into the eyes for this to happen. (credit)"

I was very discouraged when I read that it took 10 years to produce fruit. I asked a friend about it, and he said he had nearly half a dozen trees in his backyard, that they were 3-4 feet tall, and were already producing nuts! When I told my husband about our new acquisition, he complained that they were invasive, but he agreed that growing one in a very large pot on the deck or patio would prevent any seedlings from taking root.

Add some soapnuts to my clothesline and 200 clothespins (don't forget I have four kids- that's alot of socks!) and now I am one more step closer to self-sufficiency!

We're so pleased you are reading Farming Salt & Light! Choose how you live!

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