Washing cloth nappies with soap nuts
If you use cloth nappies, your already saving the planet and your budget unIt. But if you fancy taking that eco friendly and budget savvy awesomeness a stage further then you can choose to use soap nuts instead of detergent.
I've been using cloth for nearly 18 months now, but only made the switch from homemade laundry detergent to soap nuts 4 months ago.
Using soap nuts instead of detergent is really simple, and will get your nappies just as clean. You just need to follow a few simple rules:
- Only use 5 soap nut shells at a time - use more than that and your washing will smell bitter.
- Place the soap nut shells in the muslin bag provided and tie the top tight to stop the nuts spilling out.
- Replace the nuts after 3-7 washes- soap nuts lather when wet if they are still good.
- If washing at 40c or lower- activate the soap nuts in warm water before you load the wash.
- Make sure the soap nuts don't end up in the dryer- as they can make your nappies smell bitter.
- Wash nappies separately from clothes- nappies need to go on a longer rinse cycle than clothing so make sure you separate to minimise your overall washing times.
- I found that soap nuts work best if you allow the berries to dry out between washes. I place them on the radiator overnight and this does the tricks