Make-It-Monday

Soapnut Laundry Detergent

It really can’t get any easier than this:  Take 4-6 soapnuts, secure them in a muslin bag, toss them in your washing machine and let it do it’s thing!

And guess what?  You can reuse them! 

Once they turn soft & grey just toss them in your compost and give them back to nature.  I’ve read that people have gotten anywhere from 6-13 washes from one little bag of soapnuts.

Remember cold water won’t release as much of the saponins as hot water.  Here is a liquid laundry detergent recipe  from The Eco Friendly Family that should do the trick if cold water is your jam.

Here’s to one clean week.  Happy washing!

Ingredient of the Month – May: Soapnuts

 

These little guys are technically not a nut but a berry that contain saponin, a natural surfactant that can be effectively used as a green alternative to conventional detergents and synthetic soaps.    100% biodegradable and compostable, they are considered allergen friendly and have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.  

The blog 1 Million Women said it well:

“100% ORGANIC 100% NATURAL WAY TO WASHING CLOTHES WITHOUT ANY CHEMICALS OR ADDED WELL… ANYTHING”

For additional reading check out this post from The Hippy Homemaker

I’ve always been intrigued by these but never made the jump until recently to order them and try them out.  I’ve since made liquid laundry soap & all purpose counter spray and there is more to come!  So let’s throw caution to the wind and be adventurous! What’s the worst that could happen?

Caution notes – soapnuts can have a vinegar type smell.  Saponins are not released as well in cold water.  Of course do not ingest, keep out of eyes.
Disclaimer:  The recipes provided are for general reference only and should not be taken as medical advice. Wild Radish Studio does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on referenced blogs & websites. Products and/or information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Please do your research & make decisions in partnership with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication please consult with your physician.

Introducing: “Ingredient of the Month” and “Make-It-Monday”

“I could never make my own bath and body products – I don’t have time!” 

Just like cooking, making our own bath & body products takes a very precious resource:  Our time.  The majority of us don’t have it to spare.   BUT…just like a home cooked meal is more nutritious and rewarding in the long run than swinging through that convenient drive through – the same could be said about using basic, natural ingredients instead of chemical compounds designed to make a product have a longer shelf life.  

That’s why our goal at Wild Radish Studio is to make it as easy as possible.    Every month will feature a specific ingredient that we carry.  We’ll tell you a little about it, where it comes from, some common uses and a few precautions.

Every Monday we will provide instructions for a different recipe using that ingredient.  This will help you become familiar with a variety of its uses and inspire confidence that living ‘green’ doesn’t have to be extreme or time consuming.   Plus, we’re doing the footwork for you by finding recipes and links to blogs that provide a wealth of information about that ingredient or recipe.  

Who knows – maybe you’ll be inspired to do a little digging of your own!  Feel free to share through social media platforms or shoot us an email.   Those who don’t have social media are welcome to provide their email address for the monthly and weekly updates.

Have fun.  Get creative.   Be healthy.

 

Disclaimer:  The recipes provided are for general reference only and should not be taken as medical advice. Wild Radish Studio does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on referenced blogs & websites. Products and/or information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Please do your research & make decisions in partnership with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication please consult with your physician.