A soap that grows on trees.
Soap nuts are not actually nuts, but berries that grow on trees native to India and the Himalayas. They contain saponins, a surfactant substance that, when combined with water, produces a dirt- and bacteria-fighting soap. The soap is gentle, making it great for delicates, wool and children's garments, yet still effective for heavy-duty towels, sweaty clothes and dirty socks.
- Leaves no residue, and therefore won't cause build-up on clothes or in your machine
- Free from chemicals, toxins, fragrances, etc.
- Low suds, so they're ideal for HE or European machines
- Colors stay intact and fibers strong, thanks to a lack of chemicals
- Sustainably harvested and organically grown
- Very economical – soap nuts can be reused several times
- Biodegradable – throw them in your compost or garden after use
- Have a very small carbon footprint due to their small size and light weight, and they require no bulky plastic packaging
In each order, you receive:
- 50 gr soap nuts
- organic cotton muslin bag with drawstring
- recipe card for a simple DIY liquid laundry soap
To use: Put 4-5 soap nuts in the small cotton muslin bag. Tie the bag and drop into the washing machine with clothes. Wash as usual. You can re-use the same nuts a few times, or until they are grey or brittle. Compost the soap nuts and start washing again with new ones.
Or make a simple liquid laundry soap, which we find more effective and easier to use on a day-to-day basis. It's as easy as making a pot of tea. All you need is soap nuts and water. We include a recipe card in every order of soap nuts, or find the recipe in our Journal.
* Soap nuts can also be used in the dishwasher, for washing hair, as an all-purpose soap, pet shampoo, insect repellent in the garden and more, though we haven't tried any of these. We can only vouch for their effectiveness as a laundry detergent.