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Lil'Bit Lil'Soap Nuts
'Soap Berries', 'Soap Nuts' or 'Soap Shells' are nuts harvested from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree which grows mostly in Nepal. The shell of the fruit/nut has a very high concentration of saponin, which is natural soap!
Place 4-5 soap nuts shells in the provided small, reusable calico bag, pull the drawstring tight and toss in the washing machine. Use this up to 5 times, then replace with fresh soap nut shells. Used nut shells are compostable.
One bag of Lil'Soap Nuts yields approximately 200 washes, costing around 10c per wash compared to approximately 26c per wash for commercial detergents.
Lil'Soap Nuts contain anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and, as they are organically grown and hypoallergenic, they are great for those with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, as well as sensitive skin.
The sourcing of these 100% Organic Natural Soap Nuts is by Fair Trade practice with an Australian supplier, whose family are part of the communities who harvest the soap nuts.
Liquid Concentrate (makes 2L liquid)
Place 100g of Soapnuts with 3L water in a large saucepan or stockpot. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for an hour or so. Strain the liquid through cloth and compost the nuts. This concentrate will have a slightly watery consistency and small dense suds. It does not contain foaming agents and thickeners, but it still has the cleaning power! For a thicker consistency, add a little cornflour (1tspn in 1 Tblspn boiling water then add) or organic glycerine.
Soapnut Liquid Concentrate has a shelf life of approximately 2 weeks, or at least 4 weeks if stored in the refrigerator. The addition of an antibacterial oil, such as eucalyptus, will extend the shelf life.
Place the think liquid in a spray bottle to keep away unwanted insects.
The Liquid Concentrate is best added to a 'squeeze sauce' bottle and applied to fur, then massaged in and rinsed.