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Make your own soapnut liquid

You have probably heard of soapnuts by now (we are massive fans of them here at Bargain Mums) which are commonly used to replace laundry powder.  You can find out how to use soapnuts in your laundry here.  But did you know you can turn soapnuts into a multi-purpose cleaner?  It makes a great laundry liquid, dishwashing detergent, car cleaner, window cleaner etc, the uses are endless.

 

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The process of making soapnut liquid extract the saponin from the soapnuts.  Our method involves boiling the soapnuts, however if you would prefer not to do this, you can soak the soapnuts overnight.  The below method will give you approximately 1 litre, or 4 cups, of soapnut liquid.

 

To make your DIY soapnut liquid, start by 6 cups, or 1.5 litres of water into a large pot, and add 10 whole soapnut shells.  Bring the water to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for approximately 30 minutes stirring ocassionaly.  After 30 minutes, set the liquid aside to cool, then strain the shells and pour the soapnut liquid into bottles for use.

 

Soapnut liquid will last appoximately 1-2 weeks, or longer if stored in the fridge.  Try freezing the liquid in ice cube trays and use as needed if you want the liquid to last even longer.

 

You can also use citric acid or potassium Sorbate to preserve your soapnut liquid, just click the links to find the preservatives in the Bargain Mums General Store, which we are offering free postage on for a limited time.

 

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