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What are soap nuts, do you use them, if not, who does, and how?

Asked by Ltryptophan (10836points) July 15th, 2010

Ran across something called soap nuts that you can use instead of detergent. Someone told me they are used in the mideast. Anyone have any experience with them?

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Soapnuts or soapberries are fruits from the sapindus shrub or tree. They can be used as an organic detergent. You tie a few inside a muslin bag and toss them right in with your wash. Remove the bag before the rinse cycle. They also crush the seeds to make soaps. THe seeds contain saponins, an natural surfactant, and thus work in similar fashion to soap or detergents to aid water in reaching and removing dirt and soils form clothing.

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