What are Soapnuts?
A washing detergent that grows on trees…literally - soapnuts are an environmentally friendly sustainably produced (naturally sundried), bio-degradable and compostable way of cleaning your laundry.
Grown wild in India, for centuries these nuts (sapindus mukorossi) have been used for many purposes including removing tarnish from jewellery and treating all sorts of ailments from contaminated soil to migraines to epilepsy. They are most widely recognised as being an effective and environmentally friendly natural detergent however can be used for a whole host of other uses - see our soapnut recipes page for details.
More than ever Soapnuts can help you to manage your household budget while protecting our beautiful environment.
How do they work?
The nuts contain the active natural washing ingredient saponin. Similar to soap, when the shells of the soapnut come in contact with water the saponin is released and suds are produced - these are excellent for cleaning laundry and leaving it beautifully soft.
They are especially good for colours: because they don’t contain any whiteners or brighteners your colours will stay coloured for longer. Just pop 6-8 shells into a cotton bag (provided) - or a sock - and place in your washing machine.
They clean effectively however will not fragrance your laundry. If you prefer a fragrance use a couple of drops of essential oils either directly onto the nuts or in the dispenser drawer (front load).
The nuts can be used for 4-6 consecutive loads and then disposed either in the compost bin or normal bin. Because the soap nuts leave your laundry so soft there is no need to include softeners.
Soapnut Powder works just like other laundry powder - pop it into the drawer of your front loader or add to top loaders after water and voila!...Clean, environmentally friendly laundry!
Finally because your laundry water will only contain pure natural ingredients compared to traditional detergents, it can much more usefully be reused as grey water to reduce water consumption (your garden and plants will thank you as well!)