You know me and laundry. I'm still making my own laundry soap, but my friend Michelle brought these "waschnusse" back from Germany and of course I'm game for cleaning clothes with something that just grows in nature. On a tree, I presume?
According to Michelle (who reads and speaks way more German than I, rest assured), you put two "nusse" in the little muslin bag and throw it in with your wash. That's it.
The nuts are good for three loads. The nut itself has the the slightest hint of an unpleasant scent to it (to my nose, anyway), but when I tried them last week the laundry itself smelled fine. I think she also mentioned that you can add essential oils to them for custom-scented laundry, but I'll have to confirm that next time I see her.
Since our building has recently switched to some really fantastic high efficiency machines (love them!), I didn't know whether I should use just one nut instead. But it's not like the nuts get all bubbly or anything, so two worked just fine. Besides, I doubt they're growing high efficency waschnusse anyplace.
Does anyone know anything about these? Can you buy them in the states? And if so, where and by what name? Anyone know what tree/bush/plant wash nuts come from? I'm quite fascinated.