Soap Nuts Organic Laundry Soap


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Soapnuts are all natural, affordable, reusable, hypoallergenic, odorless, gentle, HE machine friendly, compostable and more.

What is a soap nut: They are an all-natural, plant-based  product, they are actually a berry. They are naturally hypoallergenic, odorless and do no damage to surfaces or fabrics. And there are countless ideas on how to use them, making them sustainable and versatile.

The soap nut comes from the Soapnut Tree (Sapindus mukorossi). The trees produce the small black berry, approximately one inch (2-2.5 cm) in diameter, that are deseeded and the shell is dried prior to use.

The shells used for detergent contain  saponin, which works as a natural surfactant. Surfactants reduce the surface tension of the water, essentially making it wetter and easier to penetrate into soiled fabrics. This combined with the agitation of your machine or handwashing removes the  dirt or particles, then keeps them away from your clothing until rinsing occurs.

How to use soapnuts:

LAUNDRY – Can use in regular washing machine and HE washing machines.

Place 4 or 5 soapnuts in a small pouch of cotton or a sock tied at the top. Put this into your washing machine load. Works with hot, warm and cold washes.  4-5 nuts can do 6-10 loads of wash depending on the water temperature used.

Soapnuts are highly effective and gentle at the same time. They will leave your laundry fresh and clean and compared to other detergents, its mildness will keep colors bright, maintaining the fabric structure of your clothes for longer periods.  They can be used on all fabrics and at all temperatures (although the saponin is best released in a little warm water initially).  They leave your clothes incredibly soft without the need for fabric softeners or conditioners.

Soapnuts are not a heavy stain remover.  Heavier stains will still need to be pretreated with a stain remover.

Soapnuts are especially effective for washing cloth diapers. They eliminate all lingering smells and will strip the diaper of detergent build-up, increasing the diapers absorbency!

Soapnuts are both ecological and economical when compared to other forms of detergents. A half pound bag of soapnuts can be used for up to 120 loads of laundry.

Soapnuts will leave your clothes fragrance free. If you’d like to add a fragrance, just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a cloth and toss in the wash.

Shells can be used for more than one wash but the number of washes per shell bag will depend on the water temperature used. Washing at lower temperatures, the soapnuts can be used more often. You will know the soapnuts need to be replaced when they become thin and dull with no shiny pockets of saponin left in them.  Soapnuts make good compost.


Soapnuts absorb moisture very easily. They become dark & sticky in a very short period of time if left exposed to air. Ideally the nuts should be packed in an airtight container or a plastic bag tied tightly. However, sticky soapnuts do not mean that they have gone bad.  They will still wash & clean perfectly.

Sample Size can do up to 10 loads.

Washing bag included.





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