|soap nuts are actually dried berries|
**Last minute update: I am excited, I just read about the soapwart plant (here and here), and I should be able to grow that in my garden and use it for various soap applications, but until I get that established, I have soap nuts**
|dirty boilermaking jeans|
|my dirty farm jeans - note molasses stain!|
I took some before and after photos of some of our really dirty jeans, because I thought they would be the hardest to get clean. In general I've been pretty happy with results. As you can see these jeans got as clean as I would have expected from the bought laundry powder we usually use. They don't always come out perfect, but they are only going to get dirty again, so we don't worry so much about work clothes anyway! Pete has requested that his work jeans are washed in hot water with laundry powder so that he looks presentable before he gets dirty again. But apart from that, I think soap nuts are great for all other laundry.
The main thing I noticed was that the washing didn't smell of anything. Normally it has that added fragrance, so you know its "clean", that was really weird at first, but good because I don't like artificial fragrance! After the first wash I added a few drops of lavender oil to the powder dispenser, and then the washing smelt like lavender, which was much nicer.
|cleaner boilermaking jeans|
|and clean farm work jeans, molasses stain gone!|