I guess soap does grow on trees
Soap Berries (Sapindus Mukorossi)
Powder-grind berries in a blender or coffee grinder to a very fine powder for laundry. For scouring and scrubbing make a courser grind. Remove large pieces. For laundry use 2-3 tsp. of the fine powder.
Liquid-Place berries (12-15) in about 6 c. of water (pieces ok). Bring to boil and simmer (about 30 min.) to desired concentration and potency (may need to experiment to acquire personal preference). Cool and strain. When berries are light tan/gray the saponin has fully extracted from them. Store the liquid in an air-tight jar away from sunlight in a cool place. Since there are no preservatives, the shelf-life is shortened. It is suggested to refrigerate liquid but must be used within a few days. Best suggestion is to freeze in ice cube tray and use accordingly.
Raw Soap Berries-Put 5-6 soap nuts in muslin bag. Tie securely. Toss into washer before clothes are added. Remove from washer. Re-use 4-7 times. There will be no harm if accidently thrown into the dryer. Fabric softener is not needed
· In cold-water wash, soak berries in hot water for a few minutes to activate saponin. Place berries in bag and toss bag and water in washer continue laundry as advised above.
· Soap berries are not for tough stain removal. Pre-treat as usual.
Household Cleaning: Pour home-made liquid into a spray bottle (full-strength or diluted) on sinks, counters, floors etc. Use powder for scouring.
Glass Cleaner: Fill spray bottle with water and add ½ oz. of home-made liquid.
Dishes: Add home-made liquid ( use enough for suds to foam on surface). May be used in most dishwashers.
Carpet: Add home-made liquid to carpet cleaner and hot water. Excellent to remove urine stains and odors. Pre=treat tough stains and heavy traffic area.
Shampoo: Use home-made liquid. Apply to hair and leave for 5 min. Rinse. If preference is more suds, add to regular shampoo. Ideal for pets. Great for dreadlocks.
Bathing: Use berries in wash bag and rub until there’s a lather. Use bag to wash.
Jewelry: Soak in home-made liquid. Remove debris with a brush. Rinse, buff and polish.
Pesticide: Spray home-made liquid.