Pick Up Some SoapNuts

I’ve heard my share of laundry detergent substitutes: biodegradable vegetable formula, plant-based detergents and using baking soda as an alternative. But did you know there’s a nut that can do the same job?


In lieu of detergent, shells from SoapNuts can remove dirt from clothing in a mild and natural way, preserving the colors and structure of the clothing. SoapNuts are the shells of a seed from trees grown in India and Nepal. Once the shell is in contact in water, it will produce a soapy substance and apparently 1kg of nuts can wash up to 100 loads of laundry. Within a cloth bag, 6-8 shells will wash up to 3-4 loads.

SoapNuts can also be used as an alternative for washing windows, cars or even your pet and when you’re done with the shells you can throw them into the compost pile.

40 Responses to “Pick Up Some SoapNuts”

  1. Fantastic!!! I’ve never heard of such things, sounds like a winner :)

  2. Where do you get SoapNuts?

  3. You can buy them in a couple places online:



  4. Dear Sir

    We feel immense pleasure to introduce ourselves as Bulk processors & Exporters of ORGANIC Indian Soapnut Shells (Washnuts) that grows on trees in Himalayas used as Eco-Friendly washing detergent .

    We process 200 Metric Tonnes of Big Size Soapnuts annually.
    We provide team work to poor villagers on cracking of nuts and seperating black Seeds( Cores) from the half shells .

    We pack soapnuts in bulk 25 Kg NET (Carton Box/ HDPE SAC) as well as in small packs of 500 gms OR 1 kilo packing into printed cotton bags along with small cotton bags into 10 Kg Net Master Carton Box.

    We shall be pleased to receive your favourable reply along with some requirement of Soapnuts.

    Please visit our website http://www.herbsnherbalextracts.com for our detail Product Catalogue.

    Best regards

    Vaneet Seth
    485/2, Katra Ishwar Bhawan, Khari Baoli,
    New Delhi- 110006 ( INDIA )
    Tel: 23910274, 23954531
    Fax: 91-11-23964221
    Mobile : 91-9810631790
    E-mail: info@herbsnherbalextracts.com

  5. My wife recently purchased a bag of soapnuts to use for cleaning cloth diapers for our baby girl. They worked better than any other laundry detergent she had tried. She was so impressed that she bought them in bulk & opened up an e-store so that she have a home-based business and still raise our daughter. Her site is http://Stores.HotterThanHealth.com Check it out!

  6. Soap Nuts (Soapnuts) – Nature’s Natural Detergent

    I’m not an environmentalist by any stretch of the imagination, but I do consider the impact of what I am doing has on the environment. That is why when my wife started using Soap Nuts as our household cleaner, it sparked my curiosity to learn more.

    What are Soap Nuts?

    Soap Nuts are actually not nuts at all. They are berries (also known as Soap Berries) that grow on trees in India & Nepal. There are two main varieties of Soap Nuts: sapindus trifoliatus (The Small Soap Nut) and sapindus mukorossi (The Large Soap Nut). The Large Soap Nut is the most commonly used in cleaning (probably due to its size & ease of harvesting), but both varieties are quite effective.

    How do Soap Nuts Work as a Detergent?

    Soap Nuts contain large quantities of saponin in their shells, which acts as a natural, gentle detergent when it comes into contact with water. Without added chemicals, fragrances or dyes, Soap Nuts are safe and gentle for handwashing delicates, yet tough enough for regular laundry. They will leave your laundry soft, clean and fragrance free, without the use of fabric softeners.

    Will Soap Nuts Clean Difficult Items?

    Yes and No. Soap Nuts are one of the best detergents out there to get rid of bad odors. Musty towels and wash cloths, even cloth diapers, come out smelling fresh and new. When it comes to stubborn stains, though, such as blood & red wine, you will want to use a stain remover to help the cleaning process.

    What About My Allergies to Soap?

    Most allergic reactions to soap are due to added chemicals and fragrance. Soap Nuts are naturally grown and chemical free. When we began using soap nuts for our laundry detergent, the eczema which I had across my chest and belly cleared up and has been gone now for 6 months. Soap Nuts are 100% non-allergenic.

    How do I use Soap Nuts in my Laundry?

    For Laundry Detergent, you can use Soap Nuts one of two ways:
    1. Toss 2 or 3 Soap Nuts in a small muslim bag (provided with most Soap Nuts orders) and throw it in with your laundry. (Make sure that you take the soap nuts out before putting your clothes in the dryer). The nuts will do 3 or 4 loads.
    2. Boil 100 g of Soap Nuts in 12 cups (3L) of water for 30 minutes. The liquid you have is now a concentrated, chemical free detergent. The leftover shells can be placed in your compost. Use 3 Tbsp or 45 ml of this detergent with each load of laundry. This allows you to do approximately 60 loads of laundry. Not bad for under $10!

    Can Soap Nuts be used for More Than Just Laundry Detergent?

    Yes. Soap Nuts can be used, in the liquid form, for cleaning just about anything. From dish washer soap, to window & glass cleaner, to repairing oily or dry hair, Soap Nuts are a multi-purpose cleaner. For more information on particular applications visit http://SoapNuts.Wordpress.com

    The End Product Still Goes Down the Drain. Does That Hurt the Environment?

    No. Soap nuts are antimicrobial. This means that they actually help in breaking down the grey water in the septic system. Also, you do not have to do a rinse cycle when you do your laundry with soap nuts. This can save gallons of water every wash cycle. Don’t worry, though; if you forget to stop your machine before the rinse cycle the Soap Nuts are just as effective. The amount of saponin left in the rinse cycle will just leave your clothes feeling soft.

    Soap Nuts are a Win-Win Situation

    With great cleaning power, no harmful chemicals, & prices that rival any other detergents, Soap Nuts are one of the best cleaning agents you can buy.

    For more information on Soap Nuts & pricing, visit http://Stores.HotterThanHealth.com

  7. I’ve been using soap nuts for a long time and have found them excellent for laundry and lots of cleaning uses. (I can’t handle fragrances and most cleansers - big time sensitive nose.) The soap nuts work great. I boil them to to make a liquid cleaner. I let them simmer for hours, strain them, and get a strong cleaner. It has a very slight vinegar scent, but it doesn’t transfer to anything. Very cool. The best quality - by far - that I’ve found came from Naturoli. I’ve had varying experiences with other brands. They have a select grade that’s totally primo. There’s a TON of info on their site. http://naturoli.com/soapnuts/ They have a other natural products, too. (You can even buy RAW UNPROCESSED shea butter there - which I’m a HUGE fan of and it’s not found many places.) BTW: They look really boutique-ish, but their prices are comparable. Some products are actually really low. Given their quality, they’re a total no brainer for me. Good luck! Hope I helped.

  8. I never use any detergents other than soap nuts any more. When we began using soap nuts, the eczema across my belly disappeared.

  9. Also try adding some tea tree oil to your soap nuts liquid laundry detergent.

  10. Soap Nuts are our future for safe, natural, eco-friendly, green cleaning. Be them for washing laundry or cleaning windows, soap nuts are a wonderful solution to harmful chemicals. Not only are they the best natural detergent and cleanser to be RE-discovered in ages, they are amazingly affordable if you use them properly. My laundry costs me less than 10 cents per load! And kiss goodbye softeners and dryer sheets forever! If you suffer from chemical sensitivities, they are like your dream come true. My home and life are devoid of 90% of commercial cleaners now. Soap Nuts are one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts to us all. To use them is to love them!

  11. Soap nuts are in my opinion one of the great rediscoveries in the last 100 years. I want to emphasize “RE” in discovery. They’ve been used for untold ages. During the last century we have been sold cheap chemicals that do work, but at the price of our health and well-being. It was not until “green” became popular or fashionable (however you want to look at it) that we began to take a second look at all the products that surround us. Let’s face it, who really cares about the consumer in “big” business. It is all about the money, and frankly, I’m appalled when I see the degree of green-washing EVERYWHERE I go! Geeesh…and we buy into it! That’s sad. Soap nuts have allowed me to replace 9 out of 10 chemicals in my home for cleaning. From laundry to cleaning jewelry they are fantastic. You can really clean your home WITHOUT wearing rubber gloves! We are just scratching the surface of what these little gifts from Mother Nature will do. Soap nuts are simply a catalyst. THERE IS A BETTER WAY. Knowledge is the key. Experimentation is the means. If you have not yet tried them, you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity to improve the quality of life for ourselves and our planet. We all should know by now that we are on our own. Big business is not motivated to REALLY help us create that safer world. It’s up to us to set the standards. If enough of us create the demand only then will TRUE supply follow. No more smoke and mirrors. No more dog and pony shows. No more marketing hype - and products that are what they state they are. Soap nuts are a beginning to this end.

  12. I’m an avid soap nuts user and have been for quite some time. It cool to see that more and more people are catching on to them. Saponin is the all important substance that produces the soaping effect. Saponin is found in many plants such as yucca, soap wort and others. It is simply of exceptionally high concentration in the sapindus mukorossi soap berry. To ensure a good experience I highly recommend checking out NaturOli if you are in the US or Canada. The dried soap berry shells are sorted and inspected for quality in the states instead of overseas, hence the quality control is far superior. I’ve had some bad experiences in the past due to what I feel was poor quality and moisture getting to them. I’ve found that many sellers don’t really know that much about them. There are also many nuances to using soap nuts, and there is a bit of a learning curve to really maximizing all the benefits that can be derived from them. There are also very important things to know about. Probably the best article on this is Soap Nuts - Must Knows that I’ve seen on a few sites. Here’s a link for you. It’s very good stuff to know and provides some valuable insight.

  13. We can supply good quality of Soapnut whole or Soapnut half shells in 500 gms x 40 PP bags in one master carton box packing or 1 Kg x 20 PP bags in one master carton box packing on FCL or LCL basis. (Minimum Order : 5 MT).Also, we can supply printed cotton bags in different sizes. If your are interest to purchase in our products please contact our email id asanexports@gmail.com.

  14. Soap nuts are a gift from the Earth. They are chemical free, remove odors amazingly well, don’t pollute our planet and work just as good as toxic chemical detergents. I have been using soap nuts for about 2 years and have tried most of the brands out there. The best are Green Virgin Products Soap Nuts. Theirs are the highest quality and the lowest price. I got more wash loads from theirs also. Beware the black soap nuts. They are over ripe and do not work as good.

  15. Soap nuts are the best. You can’t beat a laundry detergent that grows on trees.

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