It’s this time of the year again 🍂. The time to pick up our #allnatural LAUNDRY DETERGENT, horse chestnuts aka conkers aka buckeyes 🌰, from the sidewalks 💚✨. Horse chestnut trees are widely cultivated in the temperate world, from North America, Europe to New Zealand! Just like soapnuts, they contain saponines, a soap like substance.
⛔️ Caution: horse chestnuts 🌰 are NOT edible ⛔️
(Refer to Wikipedia for pictures to see how you can tell them apart.)
++ WHY SOAPNUTS ARE NOT A GOOD CHOICE (unless you live in India!) ++
I know many eco-consious folks in industrialized countries like to use imported soapnuts from India. However, the growing demand in these countries has led to the extensive export of soapnuts, which in turn has led to soapnuts becoming too expensive for many locals to afford. Instead, they use chemical detergents that contribute to the water pollution, which is already an issue of concern in India. On top of that, the nuts are shipped across the globe, which causes transportation emissions!
If you live somewhere with horse chestnut trees, use your local “soapnut” instead! If you want to learn how to do so, head over to my blog, where I have a tutorial as well as an FAQ (👉clickable link in profile👈).
If you live somewhere where horse chestnuts do not grow, consider making your own powdered laundry detergent in less than 7 mins! (Recipe is also on my blog wastelandrebel.com)