Soap nuts are a hypoallergenic and fragrance free alternative to chemical detergents and commercial laundry soaps.
Great for sensitive skin, and leaves laundry clean, soft, and fresh. It is safe for all fabric types both synthetic and natural.Use for delicates, silk, wool, cloth diapers & more.
Actually a berry
Soapnuts originate from India and Nepal. The nut is actually a berry forms a hard shell when dry.
The shell contains a natural surfactant called saponin. Surfactants work by reducing the surface tension in the wash water. This helps release dirt and clean fabrics and surfaces. When the soap nut shell absorbs water, this surfactant is released.
They do not have a smell when dry. When using in laundry, they may cause the wash water to smell slightly of vinegar. You can use essential oils if desired.
How to Use:
Use in laundry in lieu of standard detergents. Usually 1/2 cup of shells are sufficient for a normal-sized load.
Place the nuts inside a bubble bag and tie shut.
Add a few drops of essential oils to the cycle if you prefer fragrance. Lavender, orange, or lemon essential oils work nicely.
Soap nuts can be reused several times before they begin to disintegrate.
Once the shells appear gray and soft, you can discard or compost them.