ECO friendly info
Soap nuts are a natural, eco-friendly alternative to washing powder. Use 4 or 5 per wash and they release mild suds on contact with water. Effective and often cheaper than supermarket bought washing powder.
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Soap nuts are a natural product that is harvested from trees in the upper Himalayas of India.
The Soapnut shells contain Saponins which on contact with water release mild suds and can be used as an environmentally friendly alternative to Laundry detergent in washing machines. In India and Nepal the soap nuts have been used as a washing detergent for hundreds of years.
They are an effective substitute for washing powder with excellent cleaning and often cheaper too with 1 kg bag used for about 100 loads of washing.
Main benefits of Soap Nuts
The sticky saponine in the shells of the soap nuts acts as a natural detergent. As soon as the shells touch water, the natural saponine soap is released and creates mild suds.
Place 4 to 5 half shells in one of the provided cotton bags (three). Tie the bag and place it with your laundry in the washing machine. Start your machine as usual, with or without pre-wash. The remains of the soapnuts can be composted or be disposed of through organic refuse.
The soap nut can be easily used in your washing machine. Unlike common washing powders and liquids that contain considerable amounts of chemicals, the soapnut is environmentally friendly and is gentle on the skin.
Tips with using Soap Nuts:
Temperature in Celcius
Dosage in Half-Shells (Soft Water)
Dosage in Half-Shells (Hard Water)
30° to 40°
6 to 7 Halves
60° to 95°
4 to 5 Halves
Contents of Pack Will Wash Approx
250ml Soap Water
400ml Soap Water
Soap nut water for cold and hand washing: put 10-12 half shells in 1 litre of boiling water. Simmer for about 10 minutes, allow to cool and fill into bottles. The pack comes with three cotton bags in which to place your soap nuts for your washing load.
The species used is Sapindus mukorossi from the Upper Himalayas, India.