Soap Nuts Tea Tips

Soap Nuts Tea Tips

by Sarah on November 17, 2008

Soap nuts have definitely grown on me too, to the point where I cannot even tolerate the fumes of chemical laundry detergents or dryer sheets anymore.

I love how they are gentle for all types of fabrics and colors. Whether it’s darks or delicates, you can wash it all with soap nuts or the tea.

Speaking of the tea, you may want to brew yours for up to 20 minutes – I also find that straining through a cheesecloth or wire mesh strainer is usually helpful to catch the little pieces, and collect the nuts as well.

soap nut tea frozen into demi spheres (egg holder)Next, you may notice over time that you can’t use the tea fast enough before it goes bad – usually about 4 days – so a neat method to preserve your soap tea is to freeze it in an ice cube tray. When it’s time to do a load of laundry, just pop out a couple tea cubes and throw them in with the wash. This way you significantly reduce how many times a month or year you need to make the tea.

We also discovered, when brewing the tea and accidentally letting it boil over, that it is a very effective stovetop cleaner. *cough*

The tea also does well on pots and pans, and we have also used it as dishwasher detergent combined with vinegar added to the rinse cycle. I would however not use it on wood or anything that cannot be rinsed, as the tea has a bit of a stickyness.

What are your own special soap nuts secrets? We would love to hear your crafty ideas about storage, usage, or whatever! With soap nuts, possibility abounds . . .

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Michelle November 17, 2008 at 9:12 pm

I haven’t noticed my tea going bad, but love the idea of the ice cube trays! What a fantastic way to make sure they stay good and always have them available! I have also been looking for a healthier dishwasher detergent. Do you just add a mix of the tea and vinegar into the spots for the powder detergent?

SaRi November 18, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Hey Mich, you don’t want to mix the tea and vinegar, rather we put the tea in the soap dispenser thing, and then we also have another compartment for the rinse cycle, which is where we put the vinegar – if you don’t have this compartment on your dishwasher, you could probably just stop your dishwasher when it gets to the rinse cycle and add the vinegar then – be sure to give the water time to stop before you open it! Or, you could try putting a small bowl of vinegar on the bottom of your dishwasher before you start it too.

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