|How does star soap nut clean your laundry?
The process by which Star soap nuts clean your clothes is naturally quite simple. The Star soap nut shells contain natural saponin (natures own 100% natural detergent) that works as a surfactant, making the water "wetter" and allowing it to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, working away the dirt, keeping it in suspension in the water until it's drained away, taking the dirt with it. Star soap nut shells are natural, organic and environmentally friendly. They are a natural alternative to all kinds of detergents, soaps, cleaners and shampoos and are ideal as a chemical free natural detergent in washing machines.
Wash the clothes:
Just put 3 to 6 Star soap nut shells (4 to 8 half shells) into an un-bleached cotton bag (provided free with each pack of "Star Soap nuts" ) or in a sock, tie it tightly and pop the bag in the washing machine with your clothes. The number of shells required depends on your wash load and whether you are using hot or cold water. They are sui table at any temperature, pre-wash or rinse cycles and on delicate fabrics, and can be used for more than one wash (up to 4 or more washes,according to your load. You will get more washes if using cold water. It is advisable to use more shells for a heavily soiled wash load). You don't need to add any other detergent or fabric softener! The smell of the clothes washed with Star soap nuts is absolutely natural. However, if you prefer scented laundry, simply sprinkle a few drops of essential oil on the bag of Star soap nuts: choose from lavender, rose, orange, lemongrass, eucalyptus or any other favorite essential oil – the variety of fragrances is nearly infinite.
If you are not using the Star soap nut shells on the same day, keep them in the bag/sock in a jar of water until you have finished with them (after the fourth wash load), then discard any remains directly into your compost. What's left is a load of clean clothes and nothing else! That's the way laundry should be. Much like clean water, clean laundry should not contain toxic chemical residues. In fact, it's more important to consider what laundry products do NOT contain than to look at what they do contain.
Use as a bathing liquid soap or shampoo for allergic or sensitive skins:
Star soap nuts are 100% natural and gentle on the skin, thus an excellent choice for those who have sensitive skin or suffer from neurodermatitis. People who suffer from skin allergies will benefit from using Star soap nuts, as clothes which are cleaned with Star soap nuts do not irritate the skin. The Star soap nuts may be used for bathing instead of normal soaps or medicated soaps, which contain chemicals. To make bathing liquid, put 100 grams of Star soap nut shells in a pot with at least 1.5 litres of water. Cover the pot and boil for at least 30 to 40 minutes. The boiling process extracts the saponins from the Star soap nut shells and combines them with the water. Let the liquid cool until it is safe to handle, then strain into an appropriate container (glass is best as most plastics leach toxic chemicals into their contents). Now your liquid soap is ready for use and you can use it for bathing as well as shampoo or all cleaning purposes, including your pet's washing soap or shampoo.
Use as a shampoo:
Star soap nut suds are used as shampoo which not only washes your hair, but also cares for it, treating dandruff and leaving your hair silky and healthy. People with a sensitive scalp and those who suffer from skin allergies especially benefit from the use of Star soap nut suds to wash their hair because it is 100% natural and does not contain any kind of chemical additives. Therefore, it will not irritate the scalp! Star soap nut shampoo is the perfect treatment for lice and other kinds of hair diseases. Women of south Asian countries have used this type of natural shampoo since the stone ages. Star soap nuts shampoo will make your hair strong, long, silky and healthy. Star soap nuts shampoo does not damage your hair or skin and can be used regularly.
Uses of medicinal purposes:
Star soap nuts are used medicinally as an expectorant, emetic, contraceptive and for treatment of excessive salivation, epilepsy, chlorosis and migraines. Studies show that saponin from Star soap nuts inhibits tumor cell growth. Star soap nuts are among the list of herbs and minerals in Ayurveda. They are a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic shampoos and cleaners. They are used in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for eczema, psoriasis and for removing freckles. Star soap nuts have gentle insecticidal properties and are traditionally used for removing lice from the scalp. Star soap nuts are antimicrobial and are beneficial for septic systems and grey water systems. Star soap nuts are used in the remediation of contaminated soil.
Best for cracked heels:
This is proved that Star soap nuts' liquid is best for "CRACKED HEELS", just make liquid of Star soap nuts by boiling them and wash your feet 2 or 3 times a day, with in 7 days your could not find cracks on your feet/heel magically. Also Star soap nuts' liquid help to make soft and nice to your feet and hands if you washed them with Star soap nuts' liquid regularly! Heel crackers are the big problem some people, especially in winter, they can get easy now with Natural solution by mother Nature!
Use as a liquid soap to wash your pets:
Wash your dog, cat, horse, rabbit, guinea pig and any pets or working animals with Star soap nut liquid suds – and give them the benefit of a healthy coat free from the aggravation of chemicals.
All-purpose cleaning agent:
A liquid soap made by Star soap nuts may also be used as your floor cleaner, for cleaning the stove and benches in your kitchen, in the bathroom for cleaning your bath and sink and also as a toilet cleaner. It is the best choice of cleaning agent in and around your home because it has the power to fight against germs naturally, without using damaging and harmful chemicals!
queeze the juice from half a lemon in your Star soap nuts decoction, soak a toothbrush in this liquid and rub your jewelry. In South Asian countries, people have used Star soap nuts to clean their Jewels, Precious stones and Gold and Precious ornaments for centuries.
Moisten or water your house plants and garden with the Star soap nuts decoction and let them take advantage of the saponine agent to fight against harmful organisms such as aphids.No nasty chemical sprays to damage your plants or poison your food crop. These are just 100% natural pesticide.
Wash or coat exposed parts of your body with the Star soap nuts decoction to ward off insects. Mosquitoes are repelled by the smell of saponin and will stay away. To try it is to adopt it! Your beloved children may sleep with a coat of Star soap nut liquid that is harmless to their sensitive bodies, allowing you to relax, knowing that they are protected naturally from mosquitoes.
Throw a few star soap nut shells in with your automatic dishwasher and watch how clean they get!!
Star soap nuts are successfully used in dish-washers. They do not, however, act as a scrubbing agent. Bugs do not survive at a temperature of 65°C. Moreover, saponin has a repressive effect on fungal and bacterial growth. Put 3 to 4 Star soap nuts in the little cotton bag, put this bag inside the dishwasher and let it go to work.
Using Star soap nuts, you can make your own ultra-pure multipurpose cleaner.
Place some nut shells in the bag/sock (4 to 6 for soft water / 6 to 8 for hard water). Pull the string tight and tie it off. Then place the bag on top of your washing in the machine, with your clothes– that is it! Each "set" of shells should be good for up to 4 wash cycles. (Dependent upon wash temperature and quality of shells.) Change the shells after 3 to 5 washes and use the old (used) shells to make liquid (see below). For other cleaning purposes. You should be able to see in the below pics that fresh shells have a shiny inner surface. As if they were made from solid satin varnish! Or tasty toffee - so keep children away from them. This progressively changes to a mat beige as the saponin is released and the outer surface gets darker. Note that this is only really obvious when the shells have dried. You will find that they work better if multiple washes are done the same day. If not, it's best to keep the used nuts in the bag, in a small bottle, part filled with water.