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How to Make Soap Nuts Liquid

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How to Make Soap Nuts Liquid

Yay! Y’all asked for more videos and I’ve finally delivered. :-) It’s a miracle that I figured this out without injuring myself. Anyway, here is my post on how to make soap nuts liquid. It’s very easy and VERY frugal.

Here is my original post on Soap Nuts just in case you missed it. You guys were really interested in them – and I’ll just tell you again…they rock and I love them.

In the video I said I would tell you here in print how to preserve the liquid if you want to do that – I prefer to make smaller batches. The liquid can spoil (I’m not exactly sure how long before that would happen because I use it quickly) so either make smaller batches or preserve it.

It can be frozen in ice cube trays if desired – you will use 2 ice cubes per load.

You can find the instructions for canning the soap nuts mixture at

Uses for Soap Nuts Liquid:

Laundry detergent: I use 2-3 tablespoons per load. You will use half of that for a HE washer

-Shampoo: use liberally as desired

-Dog Shampoo: use liberally as desired when you get the dog to stand still

Foam Soap: just put this liquid directly in your foaming container

Mosquito repellent: spray directly on skin (child safe)

-All purpose cleaner: add essential oils as desired or use plain (spray bottle)

-Spot cleaner

Dishwasher detergent: fill dispenser with soap nuts liquid. Use white vinegar as a rinse aid

-Bad attitude spray: okay, so not really or I would be a millionaire

*Note: Soap Nuts are compostable

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. How long does it last without canning or freezing? Also, why can soap?

    • Because it can spoil. Canning it makes it last just like if you’re canning food. I have no idea how long before it spoils because I always use mine quickly. That’s why I only make a quart at a time. :-)

  2. So can the soap nuts be reused or are they ready for the compost after this???

  3. Oh thank you! I can’t wait to make mine. I wash a lot with cold and I think that the liquid would work better with my washer!

  4. Stacy,
    Can these actually go into a compost pile? Doesn’t the soapy-ness harm the soil?


  5. I am so excited to try this! I just ordered 4 lbs on amazon for under $40!!!! Yeah, I won’t have to make any more detergent… which foams over when I forget about it and have to clean my stove top… (but it is hot soap, so it is kind of easier to clean stove).. :) Looking forward to all natural cleaning! I love bubbles!

  6. Oh. My. Goodness! I’m going on Amazon and buying soap nuts today! I have about a thousand canning jars and since its the middle of winter, I have a lot of empties! Do you use liquid or the soap nuts in the bag for your laundry more? Which do you prefer? I was thinking of using the liquid for most everything else and just soap nuts for the laundry. Hmmm. Another project added to the long list. Lol.

  7. I’m still so intrigued by soap nuts, but paranoid it would send me into a huge allergic reaction.

    • You could try the sample pack? I haven’t read anywhere of anyone having a reaction but it’s always nice to check first. Amazon sells the sample packs that do 5-8 loads. :-)

  8. How does it work as a dishwasher detergent?

    • Lori, I listed that in the “Uses” down below the video. I don’t use my dishwasher, but all the things I read said to fill your dispenser and then use vinegar as the rinse aid. :-)

  9. Interesting!! I have never heard of soap nuts until I found your blog. I might try this. Stacy, do more videos please. You are just precious and make me smile. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  10. hi any idea of cost per batch you make?

  11. I just like the small child Darth Vader breathing into the mic, very cute…

  12. ok i did it but the soap is very dark is it made to be dark?

  13. First of all I wanted to thank you for sharing all the information you bless us with and to ask a question. My husband works in grease and that as well as the smell of his clothes is a situation I deal with every day. Do you know if the soap nuts would be able to solve both problems?

    • I’m not entirely sure. I would say yes…but I haven’t had to clean anything like that. I would suggest going with the trial pack that I linked in the Soap Nuts original post and see if that works. :-)

    • Donna, I realize you posted this 9 months ago, but I am just now reading it. Haven’t tried the soap nuts yet, though I am planning to order – tired of the time factor of making my own. But….my dad and brothers used to work for the highway dept, and tar and oil on their jeans was the norm. My step mom always added some pine oil (real not just pine smelling) to the wash, as oil attracts oil. As I recall, always got their clothes clean. Also, I use “Goop” hand cleaner (found in automotive section at Walmart) to spot treat greasy spots on tshirts and the like. (it is also petroleum based – so the same concept applies). Hope this helps.

  14. I am really interested in trying this, but how well do soap nuts really clean?…. I have tried making my own laundry detergent and while it is much cheaper than the brand names in the store I have found they are not cleaning my clothes as well…. one batch even seemed to leave a reside on some clothes…. I do have two boys who love to go outside and get dirty.. they dig in the dirt and look for treasure some days I just have to hose them off outside lol…
    by the way I do love your recipes and neat ideas Thank You!….

  15. Love your accent! :)

  16. So… I see that you use up the liquid quickly, but what’s the longest you have kept the liquid in the jar? Thanks!

  17. Just the push I needed to get started on this . . . I use cold water in an HE front loader so this would work much better for me. Just ordered the nuts using a gift card. Cha – Ching!

  18. Have you compared to see which is more economical…making the liquid or using the soap nuts directly in your laundry. We purchased some pre-made liquid & have used soap nuts too. Just wondering if making the liquid myself will make the soap nuts go farther in use? Thanks for this post! :)

    • When crunching the numbers, it seems that if you use three tablespoons of the liquid instead of two, the price is about the same. If you use two tablespoons (like I do) the cost is a bit cheaper for the liquid. :-)

  19. So have you tried this in your dishwasher? I have heard that getting dishes clean with something natural can be quite a challenge. I am thinking of maybe soap nut liquid in the soap compartment and 1/2 cup vinegar on the bottom after the washer has been going for a while. What do you think?

  20. This is awesome! I’m investigating and looking forward to getting the sample pack or perhaps the 15-25 load size package. One question… what size load do you use 2-3 Tablespoons for? I always wash large loads in a high capacity top loader. Just trying to get an estimate for the number of loads per pound of berries. (I’m obsessive like that :) )

    • I use 2 tablespoons for a medium sized load. I try not to do large loads very often. But if doing a large load, I use 3 tablespoons. :-)

  21. O Stacy I love your blog!!! I do have a question and would like to apologize in advance if its already been asked, when using this soap nuts liquid for an all purpose cleaner do you dilute with water any or just use as is?

  22. Diana Edlin says:

    Hi Stacy! I’m new to your site and have been tooling around a bit. We are trying to get out of debt (lots of school loans) and move to more natural and healthy life style on one income while raising two (and counting) littles, so I’m super excited to find your blog! Quick question (I hope) I see lots of great recipes for cleaning supplies and laundry detergent, but also a lot of different ones, which do you use most often now that you have tried so many different methods? Which do you think would be best and most sustainable in the long run for a newbie like me? Could you pretty please direct me to your posts on them?

  23. So after you make this liquid laundry soap, then these 15 nuts are done forever, but if you use them in the bag inside the laundry then they work several times? I just got my sample pack and haven’t tried them yet. Thanks.

  24. Marjorie Russell says:

    Wondering if the soap nuts have a smell? And can we add essential oils after the liquid has cooled? Thanks so much for all your info

    • myersbr2 says:

      From an FAQ on a site that sells soap nuts:

      Soapnuts are natural so there are no added fragrances – but we’d be less than honest if we didn’t admit that they do have their own, noticeably pungent scent. Don’t worry, though — your laundry WON’T smell like soapnuts when it’s done. In fact, it will have no special smell at all! If you prefer a fragrance (like we do)…
      You can add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil directly on the cotton wash bag before you toss it in the wash. (We really like to use our Energy blend or Lavender essential oil).
      You can also try experimenting with adding the oils into the fabric conditioner dispenser. (We’ve had mixed results with this method, because the oil tends to leave spots on our clothes sometimes. But we do it this way for sheets and towels, because it seems to produce a stronger scent).
      Another way to add scent is to add a few drops of essential oil to a scrap piece of fabric and toss it in the dryer with your clean laundry. (We find that thin fabric — or even a used dryer sheet — works really well).

  25. Kissescuddlesandaeroplanes says:

    Your post was super helpful to me, and I’m loving my soap nuts now, thanks! I love that stuff doesn’t stink anymore and I’m using it as a shampoo and dish soap as well. :) I referenced your blog when I did a post on it since you were so very helpful!

  26. Julie henderson says:

    It’s hard to find a recipe that works best for me and my area of living. Most recipes are close and differ slightly. I was wondering is it best to have to more diluted or concentrated, for face wash and laundry soap? Thank you

  27. Julie henderson says:

    Sorry I hit post before that post was complete.
    Some recipes say to boil for 30-45 min then strain and some say to do 30-45 min then add more water and boil longer. Just wondering which is best to do in your all experiences.

  28. This is fabulous news for those of us looking to get off the chemical train. Thank you for sharing this. My only question: does the sample pack provide enough soap nuts to make the liquid detergent? The description doesn’t make any reference to how many nuts would be included in the purchase. Thanks so much again for all the good info!

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