The Sapindus Mukorossi tree, also known as the Soap nut tree grows in the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. The tree takes nine years to mature and then drops its berries naturally for 90 years. The fruit is wild-harvested, the inner seed is removed and the shell is then dried in the sun, naturally, without using any chemicals. The remaining dried shell is what we know and love as the soap nut.
How do soap nuts work?
Simply place a few soap nuts (3-6) into the small wash bag provided and place it in the machine with your washing. The saponins in the shell of the Soap nut act as a natural surfactant in the water – freeing dirt, grime and soil from laundry. When the laundry is rinsed, the saponins and the dirt are washed away without harming the environment. You can even use the grey water in your garden. Soap nuts will leave your nappies clean and fresh without the need to add any chemical fabric softeners or conditioners.
One wash bag of soap nuts can be used to wash approximately 4 to 5 loads of laundry for washing at temperatures of 30 - 60 degrees celcius, and for 2 - 3 loads at higher temperatures. Based on this, one 500 gram bag of soap nuts will wash approximately 90 - 100 loads of laundry. Talk about economical - that’s a lot of loads of laundry! And, even though one 500 gram package will last you months longer than normal detergent, there’s no need to worry about storage. Soap nuts are easy to store. They just need to be stored in a relatively dry, room temperature environment and should be out of direct sunlight. If you are in a very moist environment use of an airtight container may be helpful. Nothing special needs to be done by the average user for short-term storage (less than a year).
Other useful info
Soap nuts work in hot and cold water washes. The saponin in soap nuts releases quickly into hot water, and more slowly in cold water. When washing in hot water you only need the equivalent of three whole soap nuts per load. They’ll release all of their saponin in about one wash. When washing with cold water, up to 5 nuts and reuse them up to 6 times. Alternatively, pre-soak your cotton sack containing soap nuts in a little hot water to release the saponin. After a couple minutes of soaking, add the mixture to the cold-water wash.
There is also no need to remove the soap nuts from the rinse cycle. There’s no soapy residue to rinse away! The little bit of saponin left in the rinse adds softness and body to your nappies and clothes.
Soap nuts are 100% natural, safe and hypoallergenic. We recommend them for babies and people with sensitive skin. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Soap Nuts are used traditionally to treat skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. With Soap Nuts, there’s nothing between you and your clothes but Mother Nature!
A completely natural detergent that’s inexpensive, safe for baby and harmless to the environment – now that’s fancy too!
31 out of 31 people would recommend this product18/08/2018, By SueStarted using soap nuts when the drought really hit, and we now capture and recycle all our washing machine water, and use for the garden pot plants and toilet cisterns... The plants thrive on the recycled water, had the best show of Impatience ever, no bugs munching them. I had some commercial washing liquid left, chose to use it up for a couple of washes. I started itching, but did not put it down to the commercial washing liquid, as we had used it for years.. Then my husband complained of itching. So, back to washing everything in soap nuts, just checked with him re. the itching, it is NOT happening to either of us. Obviously having a break from commercial, then going back to it, made us realise, SOAP NUTS rule. The old husks I chuck round my potted plants, reckon if any slugs and snails do make it back, they will have an uncomfortable journeyu...!!18/08/2018, By NewgirlharperI was on the hunt for a natural laundry soap after cleaning up our lifestyle and switching to a totally chemical free household...yes it is possible..just requires a little research.. These soap nuts were the answer to my washday requirements. I boil them in water, strain, add more water, essential oils and add VITAMIN E as a preservative and then bottle the batch. I use just under half a cup per load in my 13kg washing machine. I will never use any other product.
13/08/2018, By TaniaWe tried this for the first time and it's working really well. Soap nuts don't foam as much but our clothes are clean and I'm so happy with the cost and results.21/07/2018, By LanaFoams up really well but doesn't smell wonderful on its own, a but gentle on bigger loads but at least it's eco-friendly, prefer earthsap detergent and fabric softener tbh.19/03/2018, By Nuts about soap nutsI also use these as a shampoo, conditioner and body soap. Absolutely love them.23/01/2018, By VoooksEven the most skeptical person in our household was impressed with these. They're so easy to use and work exceptionally well.09/01/2018, By Natalieabsolutely love this product!! been using these on the cloth nappies and it works!! our laundry also comes out clean. lasts forever!! have the soap nuts for more than a year and still more than half the bag left. Good for our allergies as well .Also good for the environment, catching the water to use on the lawn etc....19/12/2017, By ChantelleAlways my favourite. ❤12/12/2017, By Yuliaglasabsolutely in love!!!!!!!!!!!
will never use anything else!!!
and it so so cheap!!!21/11/2017, By ZestBeen using these for a while now and won't use anything else! My whole family is hooked on these. Clothes are fresh and clean. We don't deal with stains much, so I can't speak to whether they work there. But our towels, bedding, pets' bedding and all other laundry smells wonderful and feels clean after using soap nuts. When I want even more of a scent, I add a squirt of Nu Eco laundry gel - lovely!22/10/2017, By DanielaSuch an interesting concept! I loved the process and the end result. Washing came out clean and fresh and with no backlash on the environment!
So happy!19/10/2017, By SharonMostly works well, but they did leave some brown marks on a few light-coloured items (maybe the load was too big and the nuts couldn't move around?) Nice to add essential oils for extra frangrance.16/10/2017, By Jessica-JaneI really wasn't sure what to expect from the soap nuts but so far I am loving these magical little fruits. My whites have come out far better than I anticipated and I love the neutral smell.12/10/2017, By moiraThis even cleans my husbands off-road riding gear. Clothes are soft and smell great! Love it.06/10/2017, By ElsieUnfortunately not a fan. I have tried this to clean modern cloth nappies, but I did not find them as great as Triple Orange. I think I will try making the soap nut solution next and see how it works for other household cleaning.01/10/2017, By ZestThese little berries are incredible! I was looking for a natural alternative to washing powder, as I only wash laundry in cold water and the powder often leaves residue. These soap nuts surprised me - my clothes are genuinely clean and smell so fresh. I am amazed! Recommended them to my mom and she is thrilled too. Thanks FtN for another great natural alternative!26/09/2017, By ToniSo happy! I have been using salt to wash which I was worried over time would be a problem as I put the greywater from my laundry in my garden. Also, no soap stains on my darks!!30/08/2017, By WinifredCleans like a dream and clothes smell so good!13/08/2017, By ChantellWorks! I use in cold water, just soak in hot water before throwing into machine. Will only be using this from now on. I only add few drops of grapefruit oil to rinse. Going to try without vinegar as softner and report back.04/08/2017, By NoemsUsed it to pre-wash all reusable nappies. Did 3 loads, with 4 nuts, for 30 "all in one" nappies!
Definitely economical, the bamboo fleece are very soft, and I jsut added a few drops of lavendar essential oil.
Will definitely re-roder!24/07/2017, By SharonThese are great, and last so long. I love that there is no smell left on clothing, as I hate perfumes. Clothes are so soft. Proof was my husbands denim jeans. Normally come out so hard they can stand on their own. Now lovely and soft. (and I wash in cold water only). Just soak nuts 2 or 3 mins before washing and add. Also work brilliantly in dishwasher.14/07/2017, By SueHave been using soap nuts for some months now, and will not be returning to supermarket detergents. The soap nuts are proving to be extremely economical, and, now with the water restrictions, we are capturing all our water from the washing machine, and using that for flushing toilets, and watering our few potted plants. And, talking about plants, I have never, in all the years I have had my potted plants, been able to save the Impatiens from being munched eventually by slugs etc. Since they have been getting soap nut water, the Impatiens has just flourished, beautiful "show|" like I have never ever had and not one slug munching, they are just going on, and on, and on. I put the used soap nuts in the soil around the plants. Also tried it in the dishwasher, put some nuts in a small bag, tied it to the cutlery tray, and it worked for us. So, yes, soap nuts RULE..20/06/2017, By LeaThis product is amazing - I've used it for shampoo and it worked so well I intend to use it for natural laundry detergents. It makes your hair so soft so I can only imagine what it does to clothing.15/11/2016, By JoyceI bought this after reading many raves about it. Tried it, and I must say clothes smell CLEAN (I never really know what clean smells like, but you will know after you used this!) and whats even better, clothes are super soft! I love it so much, now Ive found a product that I can use on familys clothing without having to separate it with babys. The water from the washing machine gets recycled into the lawn. Nothing is wasted. I am really happy with this buy rather than buying washing powder+softener at the stores (expensive and fragrance is often too strong for babys liking). This is economical, effective and environment -friendly. I am recommending it to all my friends and family!11/08/2016, By Inge-Marie10 out of 10 _ excellent product! I don use anything else.17/10/2015, By ChantelleGreat product. Really works , clean , fresh and soft laundry. Washing water we use to water our garden and it is thriving. Love the idea of adding 10 drops essential oil like lavendar to the little bag before the wash , great for linen. I Will definately buy again....i15/05/2015, By GraceNot a fan of the smell, but the soapnuts are effective at gentle cleaning.31/03/2015, By LelanieThe soap nuts does work, but not so much on heavy soiled items and whites. I LOVE that it makes clothes soft without using a softner. Saves money using these instead of detergent and softner. Will definitely use this for normal loads and wash my whites with something else.12/02/2015, By RachaelSuch a good price for environmentally friendly laundry. They work a treat on my babys nappy. The nappies come out still a little stained but thats nothing the sun can sort out! The nappies are much softer than when I was using conventional detergent, without giving any negative effect on their absorbancy.15/12/2014, By MicheleIve been using soap nuts exclusively for clothing and my babies cloth nappies for over 6 months now and I have no regrets. They don have any fragrances, so clothes don smell at all. I get as good a results as I did with Omo but this is better for our home, baby and the environment - not to mention our pocket!! Way cheaper than washing powder. The only downside is that you need to track the washes to know when to change nuts. But there are various ways to know when they are done - so its really not hard! Try them!06/09/2014, By AmandaI am happy with how clean our clothes come out with the nuts. It is hard to tell when they are finished but I keep with the recommended washes per bag.
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