Sunday, January 16, 2011

The soap that grows on trees!

Soap nuts are the sun-dried fruit of Sapindus Trifoliatus trees in south eastern India. They contain large quantities of saponin in their shells. It acts as a natural, gentle detergent when it comes into contact with water. Without any chemicals, fragrances or dyes, they are safe and gentle for hand washing delicates. They are also tough enough for regular laundry. They will leave your clothes soft, clean and fragrance free. No need to use of fabric softeners.

Save money! (500 grms = 165 loads) , Easy to use: (30 - 90°c) , Natural softener, Protects colours, Hypoallergenic , Anti-fungal; Anti-Microbial , 100% Organic and biodegradable

You can use soap nuts even if you are allergic to nuts. Soap nuts aren’t really nuts at all. They are actually berries that grow on trees. The term “soap nuts” is just used to describe the hard outer shell of the “soap berry” found on the trees.

How to Use Soap nuts
Using Soapnuts As a Natural Laundry Detergent:
Place 4 Soap Nuts in the small muslin bag, tie it closed, and throw it into the drum of your washing machine along with your articles of clothing that need washing. You can reuse this batch for 4- 5 loads of laundry*. The soap nuts will be mushy and gray when they need to be composted for your garden. Alternatively, you can use 3Tbsp (45mL) of soapnuts liquid detergent per large load of laundry.
*At 30 or 40 degrees, soapnuts can be used 4-5 times
At 60 degrees, the soapnuts can be used 2 times
At 90 degrees, the soapnuts can only be used for one wash.

How To Make Soapnuts Liquid:
Boil approximately 12-15 whole soapnuts with 6 cups of water for 30 minutes. When it is boiled down, you will have about 4c. of liquid left. Add extra water, if needed, to keep it at that amount. When cooled, remove the soap nuts, and pour the liquid into an airtight plastic or glass jar. It is better to make the liquid in smaller batches as it can spoil. Experiment with making liquid to see if you prefer a more concentrated version, using 3 cups water instead of 6 cups. Some prefer the concentrated liquid for hand washing and shampoo.

And after you turn into liquid, you could do this... Great for shaving & shampooing :) .... 

More ways to use soap nuts...

Mosquito Repellent
Spray liquid onto your hands and then rub onto bare arms, legs or face. Safe and gentle to use for babies and children.

Liquid Hand Soap

Fill a regular or foaming pump bottle with the liquid and use to wash your hands. It will not create tons of lather like traditional soap, but it will still get your hands clean. Also consider adding some tea tree oil to make your hand wash a tea tree soap.


Use the liquid instead of your regular shampoo. It can even help prevent dandruff and hair loss! Leave it on your scalp for 5-10 minutes, and rinse as normal. It will not create a lot of suds, but it will still work!

All Purpose Cleaner

Keep the liquid in a spray bottle and use to clean the bathroom, kitchen, floors etc. Add a few drops of essential oil if you prefer a different scent.

Window and Glass Cleaner

Fill a spray bottle with 2c. water, 1Tbsp.vinegar and 1Tbsp. soapnuts liquid. Spray and wipe windows or mirrors clean. Polish with a dry cloth or newspaper.

In the Dishwasher

Fill the soap dispenser with the liquid. Make sure to scrape the dishes clean first. Add vinegar as a rinse agent, and your dishes will come out sparkling clean!

Cleaning Jewelry

Soak your jewelry in the liquid for a few minutes. Use an old soft toothbrush to gently remove debris. Rinse with clean water and polish with a dry cloth.

Plant Wash and Pest Repellent

Add 1c. water, 1Tbsp. soapnuts liquid and 1Tbsp. Neem oil (optional) to a clean spray bottle. Shake well.
For plant wash, spray leaves and wipe clean. To repel pests, spray plant thoroughly, covering all surfaces and allow to air dry.



  1. Some FAQ's ...

    ~I don’t see any suds! Are my soap nuts duds?
    No! Your soap nuts are still cleaning even though you don’t see any suds. The amount of suds in your washer has nothing to do with the effectiveness of soap nuts. In fact, most commercial laundry soaps contain ingredients to produce fake suds to fool you into believing their products work better.

    ~Do I have to remove soap nuts during the rinse cycle?
    No. We recommend leaving soap nuts in the washer throughout the entire wash cycle. Soap nuts do not leave a soapy residue, and any remaining saponin, the all-natural cleansing substance found in soap nuts, will help make your clothes feel soft.

    ~Do soap nuts expire after too long on the shelf?
    No. Soap nuts remain potent until they are added to water. You may notice that humid conditions may cause your soap nuts to become a little sticky. This does not affect their performance in any way. We recommend storing soap nuts in a sealed jar or plastic container to avoid stickiness.

    ~I am allergic to soap. Can I use soap nuts?
    Yes! You can use soap nuts even if you are allergic to soap. Soap allergies are often attributed to the strong fragrances, colorants, and detergents used in commercial laundry soaps. Since soap nuts are a 100% natural substance with absolutely no additives, most soap allergy sufferers use them with no problems at all.

    ~Do soap nuts smell?
    When you receive your soap nuts, you may notice that they have a slightly acidic smell similar to vinegar. This is natural, and the smell will not transfer to your laundry.

  2. I've been using soap nuts for a while now, I love them and would not go back to normal wash detergents!