As we’re moving away from synthetic chemical-based products to more organic and healthy choices for our food and personal care, a similar need exists to change our choice of products for our home and kitchen cleaning too. Nature has blessed us with ingredients which can be used to clean and disinfect our homes effectively and safely without jeopardizing the health of our dear ones who live and breath in that space every day. Soap nut is such a berry which makes it an effective replacement of soaps and detergents. Let’s learn more about it.
What are Soap Nuts (Reetha)?
Soap nuts or reetha are a strain of berries that act as natural cleaners and have a foaming capacity. They are very gentle on both the skin as well as fabric and help in cleaning without any damage.
They are absolutely eco-friendly and makes a great cleanser without any harmful side effects or reactions. They are one of the most sustainable cleansers known and are absolutely easy to grow.
Apart from being absolutely natural, they are utterly affordable as well. These nuts are greatly efficient and have multiple uses and are very convenient as well.
Let us have a look at a few of the uses of Soap Nuts in our day to day lives.
10 Simple DIY uses of Soap Nut
1) Laundry Detergent
As already mentioned before, Soap nuts are great cleansers and hence they make great detergents.
Preparing and usage of soap nut are so affordable as a detergent :
Ingredients: 1 cup of boric powder, 1 cup of washing, powder or grated Castile soap along with some grounded soap nutshell, 1 tablespoon each.
Procedure: mix all the crushed powders together in a bowl and store it in a box. The shell of soap nut creates a cleansing base.
Store this powder mix in a box and use it when required.
2) Liquid Soap
Ingredients: ½ cup of liquid castile soap, 1 tablespoon of soapnut liquid, a few drops of essential oils of your choice for fragrance and added disinfection.
Procedure: take a small pump bottle and add all the ingredients one by one. Mix them well with the help of a stirrer and use it as and when required.
Soap nut liquid soap is very gentle on the skin and doesn’t dry out the skin.
Ingredients: soap nut liquid.
Procedure: in a bowl, take 2-3 tablespoons of soap nut liquid. Massage it all over your wet hair and scalp. Soap nut is nature’s own hair cleanser and it cleans the hair deeply, restoring its nourishment.
4) Dishwasher Cleaner
Ingredients:1 cup of boric powder, 1 cup of washing, powder or grated Castile soap along with some grounded soap nutshell, 1 tablespoon each.
Procedure: mix all the crushed powders together in a bowl and add a little to the dishwasher and let the saponin in the soap nut works on its cleansing action on the dishes.
It cleans the utensils properly, without leaving behind any stickiness or oil on them. You should also add a tablespoon of white vinegar for better results.
5) Insect Repellent:
Soap nut also acts as a great insect repellent and is absolutely natural and eco-friendly at the same time.
Ingredients: 100ml soap nut liquid, distilled water
Procedure: in a spray bottle, mix 100 ml of soap nut water along with 200 ml of distilled water. Your natural insect repellent is ready to use.
You can spray this on yourself, or in the rooms and decor to keep the insects and bugs away from you. Check out here, some more recipes about how to prepare natural mosquito repellent at home.
6) Glass Cleaner
Looking for a natural and affordable way to keep those windows and mirrors clean? Well, soap nut is an easy solution.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon soap nut liquid, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, ½ cup of water.
Procedure: mix all of these in a spray bottle and use it on glass surfaces to clean them. It cleans the mess smoothly without any hassles.
You can also add 2 tablespoons of Isopropyl Alcohol for better results.
7) Bathroom Disinfectant:
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of Boric powder, 5 tablespoons of soap nut, and 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil.
Procedure: mix all these ingredients and make a paste out of it. Use the paste instead of your disinfectant liquid while cleaning the bathroom.
8) Body Wash
Soap nuts have amazing benefits on your skin as they are not loaded with any kind of chemicals and are absolutely natural to use.
It is a great substitute for your everyday body wash as well.
Ingredients: 4 tablespoons of soap nut liquid.
Procedure: it is very convenient to use this. Just massage it all over your wet skin and rinse it off. It leaves a moisturizing effect on your skin as well.
Soap nuts are great conditioners as they restore the moisture content and lock the hydration.
A lot of experts suggest it as a great alternative to the chemical-based daily conditioners.
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of Soap nut liquid.
Procedure: apply the liquid on the end of your hair and leave it for a few minutes. Rinse it with water. You will find your hair conditioned and nourished.
10) Skin Exfoliator
Soap nuts are great exfoliants. You can use them as an exfoliator on an everyday basis as well.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of Soap nut liquid
Procedure: Massage the soap nut liquid on your face gently for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Your skin becomes soft and nourishes.it has healing properties as well that work wonders on your skin. Read the benefits of face scrub for the skin.
Precautions for Using Soap Nut:
- Soap nut is an absolutely natural product and does not harm in general.
- In case you find any reactions or irritations, wash immediately with plenty of water or visit a doctor in an extreme case.
- The soap nut liquid should not be kept for more than 48 hours as it goes bad post that.