Grown on trees in India, soap berries naturally produce Saponin, which when dissolved in water, creates mild suds similar to soap. This soapy substance has remarkable detergent properties, easily replacing normal detergents
To use in washing machine: (top or front loader)
Put berries in wash bag and place in drum of washing machine. Optional add 5 drops of essential oil to outside of wash for a scent. Use your washing machine as you normally would (without other detergent). Leave bag in your machine during rinse and spin cycle. Hang out wash bag to dry with your clothes.
How many berries to use for a full load of washing?
5kg machine = 6 berries, 6.5kg machine = 8 berries, 8kg machine = 10 berries
Note: Berries can be used 4-5 times when using cold water wash or 3-4 times in a warm wash. Once the soap berry has been used remove from wash bag and disposed of in compost bin. No fabric softener required.
To use in dishwasher:
Put berries in wash bag and tie bag to cutlery holder. Add a small amount of vinegar to the rinse aid for sparkling glasswear.
How many berries to use? Dish draw =4, Full size dishwasher =6
How to make liquid soap:
Crush 50gms of berries then add to 4 cups of water. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10minutes. Cool liquid and strain/remove shells –can be composted. Add 2 teaspoons of Xanthum Gum or 3-4 teaspoons of Guar Gum to liquid to help thicken. Optional add 10 drops of your favourite essential oil. This recipe does not contain a preservative so it will only be good for about a week. If you want the liquid soap to last months you will need to add a preservative. Makes aprox 1 litre.
Using liquid soap
Washing machine: For a 5kg load add 25mls to detergent compartment and wash as normal. Add more for larger loads. Suitable for front and top loader washing machines.
Hand washing: Add 15mls to warm water, gently wash, rinse with warm water, dry.
Hand soap: Put liquid into a pump bottle to use. Add your favourite essential oil.
Dishwasher: Add 20mls to detergent compartment. Optional replace conventional rinse aid with white vinegar, add to rinse aid compartment.
All purpose cleaner: Put liquid into a sprayer bottle with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Use to clean bathroom and kitchen.
Floors: Add 20-30mls (depending on degree of dirtiness) to a bucket, fill with hot water, mop floors.
Jewellery cleaner: Add 5mls to small bowl of warm water. Soak jewellery for a few minutes. Use a soft toothbrush to help remove dirt. Rinse with warm water. Polish dry with a dry soft cloth.
Window & glass cleaner: In a sprayer bottle add 250mls water, 50mls of white vinegar, 50mls liquid soap. Spray window/glass, wipe clean with a cloth then polish with a dry soft cloth.