I love soapberries. If you don’t know a lot about them, check out this blog. They grow on a tree, are completely biodegradable and can be used for cleaning and body care purposes. Yes, you can throw a few soapberries into a bag and run up to five loads of washing, but making a ‘stock’ like this one just makes these little berries all the more versatile and loveable!
Soapberry Master Stock
Makes: 1.2 lt Prep time: 30-60 min.
Extra Equipment Required
Muslin cloth or nut milk bag
1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan and heat until boiling (leave lid on), then reduce temperature and simmer for 20 minutes (with lid partially off).
2. Allow mixture to cool (with lid on).
3. Strain liquid through a muslin cloth or nut milk bag over a clean bowl, squeezing soapberry shells before discarding (in your garden).
4. Transfer into container of choice.
Wash clothes – add 1 cup of stock to your washing machine and run your usual cycle.
Wash dishes – add ½ cup to a sink of running water.
Clean surfaces – add liquid to a spray bottle with a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus essential oil and spray onto surfaces, before wiping over.
Shampoo hair – massage ½ cup into wet hair and rinse.