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How to Use Soap Nuts to Make Your Laundry Routine Zero-Waste

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As a zero-waster, there are several ways to make your laundry routine more sustainable. You can add dryer balls to your dryer — free of chemicals and proven to make clothes dry faster! — take advantage of horse chestnuts as a laundry detergent alternative, and even pretreat stained clothes with distilled white vinegar. Oh, and of course, use the eco-friendly button on your machines if you have one! (Cold water, always.)

That being said, one of our favorite ways to zero-wastify a laundry routine is to integrate soap nuts into the mix. Like horse chestnuts, soap nuts are a natural way to do your wash. Native to India and Nepal, soap nuts have been used historically to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, but they can also act as a chemical-free, natural way to clean clothes and fabrics. With the average American running anywhere from four to five loads of wash per week, making your laundry routine as eco-friendly as possible has never been so important.