Certified Organic Soapnuts for all your laundry, house cleaning, and body care needs!

Ingredients: 100% organic soapnuts. Organic cotton drawstring pouch for laundry included.

Priced by weight

250g – $10.00

1kg – $25.00

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All-purpose laundry detergent, cleaner, shampoo, & dish detergent. Costing as little as 12 cents per load, this is the most economical organic laundry detergent, period. Use once for hot water washes; for cold washes (up to 40°C), the soapnuts can be used twice. After being used for laundry, spent soapnuts can be used to create a cleaning solution for cleaning the house, shampooing your pets, etc… making this an even more economical option. Simple instructions for making a cleaning solution are given below. Dispose of used soapnuts in the compost pile, where they will break down completely.

Includes one small organic cotton drawstring pouch per order (put the soapnut halves in this pouch and throw the pouch in with your laundry).

Soapnuts come in halves, the pits having been removed. Simply place 6 to 8 soapnut halves into the cotton pouch provided and add to the laundry. For hard water, use 10 soapnut halves. The soapnuts can be used twice with water temperature of 40°C, and once with water temperatures of 60°C and beyond (the higher the temperature, the more saponins are released during the wash). If you prefer scented laundry, simply sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oil directly on the organic cotton pouch. For heavily soiled laundry, use in combination with oxygen whiteners or Borax. Once you are done, simply add the used soapnuts to your compost pile or make a soapnut solution (as outlined below) that can be used for general cleaning chores.

Over the years, customers have asked us what is the best detergent to use with our washable organic cotton, hemp, and linen clothing, bed, and bath products: a detergent that is mild, safe, natural, & completely biodegradable yet effective, one that will not harm septic systems, pollute ground water, or cause an allergic reaction in chemically sensitive people and babies.

Our answer has always been 100% certified organic soapnuts: they are nature’s 100% natural and biodegradable laundry detergent.

Can you imagine a fruit which is actually a detergent? Soapnuts have been used in India and Nepal for centuries as a versatile and gentle cleaning agent. It cleans your laundry, washes your pets, shampoos your hair, washes your dishes, and cleans your house from top to bottom. Most importantly, it does all these things in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. One would be hard pressed to find a more natural laundry detergent and all-around cleaner anywhere. Safe for all municipal, suburban, and rural septic systems and groundwater. Organic soapnuts will not harm the soil or the myriads of soil-dwelling organisms in any way.

Soapnut Information There are no chemicals with long names and no components that take time to break down in the soil and waterways (as in the case with many so-called environmentally-friendly detergents on the market). The natural dried “fruits” of the soapnut tree will decompose completely just like any other plant matter in your compost pile. Go directly to nature’s bounty and bypass chemicals in most laundry detergents that could harm you and the environment. Organic soapnuts generate little suds; they are suitable for use in both front-loading and top-loading washing machines.

The soapnut grows on the soapberry tree (also called the Ritha tree) — Sapindus Mukorossi — which is indigenous to India and Nepal. The soapnut is high in saponins (10%), a versatile natural cleansing / sudsing agent. The tree is deciduous, with five to ten pairs of long, thin leaves on each branch. For hundreds of years, local populations have used soapnuts to wash their laundry, their bodies, their homes, and their finest textiles (wool, silk, cashmere, etc…). Soapnuts offer a truly eco-friendly alternative (because they are 100% natural and biodegradable) to conventional detergents without the polluting side effects. There are no other options out there for laundry & general cleaning that we’ve found that even come close to soapnuts in terms of being as natural as can be. We import our soapnuts from India, where they are harvested once a year by the growers and sold to wholesalers by the pound. They are processed in a small production unit in Delhi which provides jobs to otherwise unemployed women. We personally know each individual involved in our import process and have measured firsthand the modest positive impact of our soapnut production on the local economy (courtesy of Eco-ideas).


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