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Using Soap Nuts for Camping And The Great Outdoors

Soap Nuts make a great must-have camping item when it comes to a multi-purpose soap. Because they aren’t a liquid, they are lightweight and easy to carry and are completely biodegradable with some mild pest-repellant qualities!

How to Use for Camping:

  • Place 5 soap nuts in provided wash bag.
  • Leave the bag to soak in a bucket of water in the sun until water is warm, then agitate thoroughly. Alternately, if a hose is available, simply spray the bag with the hose under pressure in the bucket.
  • Remove Bag, hang to dry for future re-use. This water can be used for clothing and dishes, equipment, RVs, boats, cars, and washing yourself!

More Tips:

Use Soap Nuts To Wash:

  • Dishes
  • Clothes
  • Equipment
  • Tents
  • Wet suits
  • Life jackets
  • Boats
  • RV/Campers
  • People
  • Pets

Laundry While Camping: Boil water for clothes that would normally be laundered in hot water and simply add the wash bag with the soap nuts to soak once water has started to cool. Place clothes in the water gently and agitate using tongs, walking staff, or a stick to avoid burns. Wait until the water has cooled before removing clothing to dry. If time does not allow for the water to cool then use tongs or a stick to remove the clothes. Hang clothing on tree branches, shrubs, or a clothesline to dry.

If you are camping with little gear, you can dig a pit or locate a shallow spot that is deep and wide enough to accommodate your uses. Line the pit with a plastic tarp if available and fill with water and the bag of soap nuts and follow directions above. The water is safe to pour onto the ground.

The bag can also be used in laundry machines – simply toss the bag with the soap nuts in the washer with your clothes and wash as usual. Be sure to not overfill the machine as the bag works best with more agitation. Remove the bag to hang dry and re-use for your next load.

Concentrated cleaning solution:

To make a small batch while camping: Bring water to a boil and carefully remove from heat. Soak the soap nuts in the wash bag, allow to cool, then funnel the water into a spray or squeeze bottle. This solution can be used on your hair and body, clothing stains, dishes, and equipment.

Wet Suit and Lifejacket wash:

Put five Soap Nuts in the wash bag and put in a glass of warm water and let soak for five minutes. Add the water and the bag (or a teaspoon of Eco Nuts™ Soap Nut liquid concentrate) to your wash tub or bucket and agitate the suit. Rinsing thoroughly is recommended to get the sand out. Dry normally by hanging. Alternately you can place the bag in a bucket and use pressure spray on the hose to fill the bucket to agitate the bag and release the soap.

Mona Weiss is co-founder of Eco Nuts. She is a scientist, actress, model, naturalist and an authority on all things Truly Eco. Eco Nuts specializes in eco-friendly laundry and cleaning products for eco-enthusiasts, cloth diapering parents, and high-end clientele alike. Mona is an expert on laundry, soap nuts, and cloth diapering, and also helps consult other businesses on Eco Friendly practices.

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