Alternately, I read that one could put the grated chestnuts or quartered chestnuts in a mesh bag and place directly into the washing-machine, but I haven’t tried that method. Also, some folks peel the skin off the chestnuts for fear the dark skin will stain light-colored clothing. I have not found this to be the case, and my white clothes have not become stained or discolored by the soap.
A word of caution, this soap is gentle and great for delicates and for everyday washing. However, it is not a power stain-fighter. If clothing has a grease stain or another tough stain, pre-treat before washing. Chestnut soap is not equipped to tackle stains that need some extra attention.
Corrie Snell wrote:Ok, "Head Tester," any results to report on?
David Livingston wrote:Are we talking sweet chestnuts Or Horse chestnuts ?
Dale Hodgins wrote:I think horse chestnuts are inedible enough, to call them poisonous. Even the name chestnut is not correct. They are known as buckeye in some areas. Their use as soap, does not compete with any food use. Edible chestnuts have no value as soap.
Chris Kott wrote:I am really glad I looked into this thread. It looks very useful. I have often wondered about growing quinoa and rinsing the saponins off of the seed coat in a process that would reserve the liquid, but as an herbal pest deterrent. I figured that if it worked to deter birds from eating quinoa seeds, it might work to keep other pest animals or insects from eating other crops.
My first reaction, though I knew you were talking about Aesculus hippocastanum, was to think "Soap from horse apples?"
I don't know why, but the momentary confusion nearly busted my gut.