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Soapnuts

What are Soapnuts?


Soapnuts, also sometimes referred to as Soapberry, contains ‘Saponins’, which have the ability to clean and wash. When in contact with water, it creates a mild suds, which is similar to soap. Washing nuts can be used for cleaning basically anything, from washing clothes, as a liquid soap, cleaning and shining ornaments, household cleaner etc. Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. It will leave your laundry fresh and clean and compared to other detergents, its mildness will keep colours bright, maintaining fabric structure of your clothes for longer periods. It can be used on all fabrics and at all temperatures. Soap nuts are allergy-free and hence are good for your skin especially good for babies, eczema and sensitive skin. This chemical free product is excellent for washing children’s clothing. Soap nuts are both Ecological and Economical when compared to other forms of detergents.

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LAUNDRY

How to wash laundry using Soapnuts?

Place 6-8 shells in a small pouch of cotton or a sock tied at the top. Put this into your washing machine
load with temperatures upto 90 Degrees.

Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. It will leave your laundry fresh and clean
and compared to other detergents, its mildness will keep colours bright, maintaining fabric structure of
your clothes for longer periods. It can be used on all fabrics and at all temperatures. Its leaves your
clothes incredibly soft and all this without the need for fabric softeners or conditioners

Soapnuts are both Ecological and Economical when compared to other forms of detergents. 1 kg of
soapnuts can be used for upto 150 loads of laundry.

If you wish to change the scent of your clean laundry, you can add a few drops of essential oils to
the wash.

Shells can be used 3-4 times but the number of washes per shell bag will depend on the water
temperature used. Washing at lower temperatures, the soapnuts can be used more often. Use
soapnuts only once if washing at high temperatures like 90 Degrees.

DISH WASHER

How to replace dishwasher tabs with Soapnuts?

Use Soapnut liquid (see below instructions) for washing your glasses, dishes, cutlery and pans as
usual. Don’t be deceived by the lack of bubbles on the effectiveness of the cleaning.

There are no artificial foaming agents so there will be very few if any lasting bubbles but your washing
up will be cleaned effectively even if left to soak.

Alternatively, just put 3 shells in the bottom of the cutlery holder and some vinegar in the rinse aid
dispenser and your cutlery will come out sparkling clean.

LIQUID SOAP

How to make a liquid soap using Soapnuts?

Add about 50g (handful) Soapnut Shells (excluding seeds) to approx 4 cups of water. Crush the shells
into smaller pieces before adding.

Bring to boil, then simmer for approximately 20 minutes. The boiling process extracts the saponin from
the nut shells and combines with the water.

You can use the liquid immediately, or let it steep overnight. Strain into appropriate container and
compost the remaining shells.

The liquid that is left can then be used as shampoo, all-purpose cleaner, car wash, liquid soap, pet
shampoo, washing up liquid or any other things you would normally clean with a liquid.

CLEANING & DETOXIFYING FOOD

Soak your fruit and vegetables for approximately 10 minutes in the soapnut liquid. Rinse off and enjoy
this food free from harmful chemicals and residue. The soapnut solution can then be reused for
household cleaning.

CLEANING JEWELLERY

Soapnuts are commonly used in Indian households for cleaning and shining jewelry due to its
effectiveness. Jewelry is soaked in soapnut liquid and then rubbed with a cloth to give it a shine.

NATURAL PESTICIDE

Using soapnuts is an effective and natural alternative to repel insects off your plants and around the
house. This easily replaces chemicals. Your left over soapnut liquid from washing or laundry can be
used for this purpose.

DANDRUFF CONTROL

Apply the liquid soapnut on scalp and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Make sure the liquid does not get
into the eye as it will burn. Rinse hair with water. Following this procedure regularly will not only help
prevent dandruff, but will also keep your hair soft and strong.

Pet Care

Cleansing Rinse (Shampoo) for Pets and Horses

  • Pre-rinse your pet with warm water.

  • Add 200 ml of Soap Nut Liquid to wash bucket 1/2 full of warm water.

  • Use a sponge or bathing mitt and wash your pet as usual.

  • Rinse.

  • Will not strip haircoat of natural oils, maintaining shine. No need for conditioner

  • Will not irritate skin or cause breakouts caused by harsh chemicals or synthetic shampoos

  • Make sure to keep away from the eyes


Pet Laundry

Clothing - wash blankets in triple concentration of Soap Nut Liquid
Other Laundry (saddle pads, leg wraps, bandages, etc.) - wash in double concentration of Soap Nut Liquid in hot water for white items

How to make Soap Nut Liquid
normal strength recipe

Boil 10-12 soap nuts in 6 cups of water for 30 minutes until it is boiled down to 4 cups. Put 1/4 cup liquid into the laundry. Tip: its best to make smaller batches as it can spoil without preservatives


Benefits of using Soapnuts:

• Environment friendly as soapnuts are 100% natural, they do not pollute our environment.
Furthermore, soapnuts are considered renewable primary products. The soapnut trees absorb carbon
dioxide and produce oxygen.

• Perfect for allergic persons, people with sensitive skin and people who suffer from neurodermatitis.
Eczema

• Effective and gentle as Soapnuts clean dirty laundry very effectively and at the same time preserve
the colour of your laundry better than chemical detergents. In Nepal, people wash even the finest silks
using soapnuts.

• 100% biodegradable. Simply add the used soapnuts directly to your compost heap.