How to do laundry with Eco-Premier soap/seedless soapberries
Using whole soapberries is an easy, natural way to do your laundry. Whole berries does not mean that the husks need to be intact. Broken soapberries work just as good as ones that are complete. Whole just means you are using the husk rather than a powder made from the husks. Remember that soapberries need circulation and agitation to wash well. They will not produce a lot of suds, but it is not suds that wash your clothes. When you have used up all the soapiness of your berries, the used shells will appear gray and soft and can be composted.
Place 6-8 seedless berries in a small cloth bag. Put the bag in the washer along with the laundry. The same berries can be used for 3-5 loads depending on load size and water temperature. Allow the bag to dry thoroughly between wash days.
For hand wash, place the bag of berries in a cup of warm water for a few minutes before adding the bag and water to the wash water. Agitate the clothes briefly and allow the clothes to soak for at least an hour; then wash the clothes normally.
How to make soapberry extract from whole soapberries
15 Eco-Premier seedless soapberries
4 cups of water
(optional–1 teaspoon salt or baking soda)
Add the berries to the water in a sauce pan and heat to boiling. Reduce the heat and allow the water to simmer for 20 minutes. Add more water to keep the quantity of water at 4 cups. When the water has cooled, add the salt or baking soda as a preservative. (Some people prefer to let the soapberries sit overnight in 4 cups of water rather than cooking it.)
The liquid not used immediately should be saved in the refrigerator. The liquid will last 3-4 days at room temperature or several weeks when saved in the refrigerator. To store for a longer period, the extract can also be frozen as ice cubes.
The used berries can be used as a natural fertilizer.
How to use Eco-Premier Extract
- Laundry Liquid
- Use 1/3-1/2 cup of Eco-Premier extract to do a normal load of laundry.
- Two or three frozen “soap cubes” will do a load of laundry.
- General Household Cleanser
In a small jar, combine 1 part extract with 1 part water.
(2-3 drops of essential oil—optional)
(2 spoonfuls of white vinegar — optional.)
The general cleanser can be used to clean floors, counters, windows, dishes, etc.
Keep unused cleanser in the refrigerator.
- Body cleanser
- Combine 1 teaspoon of extract in 1 cup of water. Pour about 2 tablespoons of cleanser on a damp cloth as a face or body wash.
- Foamy hand wash. In an atomizing bottle add one part extract to two parts water. Add a teaspoon of glicerine for more foam. (Since the extract does not have a preservative, it is best to make the quantity of liquid that will be used in 2 or 3 days. )
- Insect repellent. Combine 1 cup of extract with 1 cup of water. The liquid can be applied to the skin as a natural insect repellent.
- Foliar plant spray Add 1-2 tablespoons of extract to a small spray bottle. Fill the bottle with water and shake. Spray the leaves of plants to help control insects and fungus.