I discovered that there are many ways to wash fiber when running some searches on the internet. Some advanced, some easier, some containing chemicals and others more eco friendly. I prefer being eco friendly. Apparently ammoniac and lanolin (wool fat) combined generates some sort of soap, but not to eco friendly I’m afraid.
That is when I discovered soap nuts. I had never heard of it. It’s not actually nuts, it’s a small dried fruit from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, one of several trees referred to as soap nut trees. The soap nuts have been used for washing in India for a very long time. Being a little skeptical (just what you should be) I had to do some more reading before concluding that this really seems to be a good eco friendly alternative.
I boiled some soap nuts and then used about 3 tablespoons decoction in a finger warm bath.
For unwashed fiber I did two baths.
- Washes fiber really well (since you can wash your hair with the soap nuts too)
- No insecticidals needed when growing the soap nuts since the saponin in the fruits keep insects away
- Saponin is the natural detergent
- The trees grow naturally in their environment and are a needed addition to the eco system
- Ships from Asia