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 | 40.6 fl oz Prep time: 30-60 min.
1.25 lt | 42.3 fl oz water
Special 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.
Thermal Appliance Method
1. Add all ingredients to thermal appliance bowl and heat: 8-10 minutes | approx. 100˚C (212˚F) | low speed, in reverse (measuring cup on), or until mixture looks like it may boil over.
2. Reduce temperature and continue to simmer: 20 minutes | 80˚C (176˚F) | low speed, in reverse. Leave measuring cup partially off.
3. Allow mixture to cool (with measuring cup on).
4. Strain liquid through a muslin cloth or nut milk bag over a clean bowl, squeezing soapberry shells before discarding (in your garden).
5. 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.
Leaving the lid on prevents excessive evaporation, but it is imperative you ensure the liquid doesn’t boil over (when this happens, it happens with a vengeance!).
If you are after a stronger concentration of soapberry stock, increase the number of soapberries to 10-15, or halve the amount of water. I like to keep stock in the fridge between uses.
Watch me make some here!
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