Soap nuts are perhaps the best way to deal with kitchen messes in a chemical free way.
As the northern areas of the US are feeling the chill, more time spent indoors is around the corner. Another thing is more indoor cooking and that means more kitchen messes to clean up.
With cooler weather homemade soup is on many people’s menus these days. Homemade soups and sauces can cause a major mess on the stove top. Cleaning those stuck on messes from your counter-top is as easy as spraying some homemade soap nuts liquid onto the mess, letting it sit for a few seconds and woosh … as my mother would say “ALL GONE”.
Another place that takes a beating in the kitchen is the refrigerator. Come on no matter how super a housekeeper you are thawing meats mean caked on blood in the refrigerator and vegetables you forgot you had mean goo and stench in the crisper drawer. It’s happened to all of us.
However, the last thing you want to do is expose all those fresh foods to chemical residue or synthetic fragrances. Think about it your food is closed up inside that moist environment 24 hours a day. Imagine how toxic residue or harsh chemicals hanging in the air along with your food can put your health in jeopardy. Also consider that messes in the back of the refrigerator means leaning in to clean them. Most commerical cleaners are dangerous and irritating if inhaled, even that misty fallout. Soap nuts however pose no such health risk and will not irritate your skin or lungs. Just one more reason to use soap nuts to clean the kitchen!
Again the easiest answer is to put soap nuts liquid in a spray bottle and mist the inside of the drawers, the glass on the shelves, and the doors. Be sure to spray the gaskets around the doors too because this is a favorite spot for mold, fungus, and mildew to grow. Soap nuts being both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial will keep your refrigerator clean and free of the bacteria that causes odors and you won’t be exposing your family to toxic fallout from the cleaner you use.
Now, let’s talk soap nuts and the dishwasher. The jury is out on whether or not soap nuts work well in the dishwasher. One thing I strongly suggest is to grind some soap nuts powder and use it as a quick scouring powder on your dishes with grease, oil, or caked on foods. This will release the mess and make it easier for soap nuts to do their job in the dishwasher. Remember that a part of what makes a surfactant (the saponin in soap nuts) work well is moisture and agitation, but also contact with the item being cleaned. Dishwashers splash the water around, so don’t count on them being a perfect solution. But by all means give it a try. I use soap nuts powder and liquid to hand wash my dishes and I am thrilled with the results.
If you don’t have time to make soap nuts liquid at home using our recipe, then I highly recommend you purchase a bottle of NaturOli’s Extreme 18X. It’s not just a natural laundry detergent, but it can also be diluted with water for all your household cleaning uses.