About Soap Nuts

Welcome To the World of Soap-Nuts

Chemical Detergents Uses for Soap Nuts Recipes Questions & Answers Bonus

Soap Nut Tree

The miracles of Mother Nature never cease to amaze us!

I was extremely happy when I found Soap-nuts. Now, I am even more excited to be able to share with you these wonderful little endeavors. Like I said on my about page, we are realistic about the green, organic and or natural life style. Well, these little endeavors are just about as realistic as you can get. So grab a nice cup of tea or coffee, sit back and let me tell you all about these little endeavors {soap-nuts}.

We are inspired to educating people about the necessity of living an environmentally and healthy life with products that nourish the mind, body, soul!

Soap-Nuts are not nuts; rather they are the fruit of the (Sapindus mukorrosi) tree. Soap-Nuts grow on “soap-nut trees", mainly in India, Nepal to China. The botanic family of the "soap tree plants" includes over hundreds species. Soap-Nut with its large leaves, is a handsome deciduous tree found in it’s natural environment. Made exclusively from Nature, by Nature.

Soap Nuts are the dried fruit of the (Sapindus mukorrosi) tree, sometimes called the Chinese Soapberry tree, similar to and/or related to the Asian lychee fruit.

The name "Sapindus" speaks for itself. The Soap-nuts contains saponins which the saponins compound that is released during an agitated motion and the ability to clean and wash your laundry effectively.

Soap-Nuts removes dirt from clothing - not only highly-effective but also gently. Because soap-nuts are mild they conserve the color and the structure of your clothing longer than a normal store bought detergents. It's not necessary to add any softeners. Your laundry turns out amazingly soft, clean and fresh smelling!

Soap-Nuts are the mildest chemical free laundry detergent I have ever found, especially for sensitive delicates, lingerie, silks, cashmere, sweaters, and wool.

Soap-Nuts have been used in the Far Eastern and South Asian countries for centuries as laundry soap and bathing/shampoos. Ever wonder what people did before there were all kinds of harsh, chemical cleaners? This is it! Well, I’m not so sure about North America, but when I find out I will put it here on this page. As we begin to learn, Mother Nature’s solutions are always best ones.

If you are concerned about the common chemical detergents dangers, skin irritations or have allergies. Soap-Nuts are hypoallergenic which is especially great for babies, people with skin sensitivities and eczema.

Soap-nuts are wild harvested, non-polluting and completely biodegradable. When you have used your soap-nuts to there potential, simply add them to your compost or throw in the trash.

So, how do they work? The secret is as simple as A,B,C. The fruit contain saponin (natural soap) and a mild antibacterial foaming agent which is realest during an agitated motion and the ability to clean and wash your laundry effectively.

Warm/tepid water activates the soponin and the foaming agent (which is very little foam). Rinse in cool water will stop the action of the soponin compound. Cleans, freshen and, softens, your laundry won't ever be the same. Soap-Nuts are very economical too - saving up to 50%+ in laundry costs, cheaper than chemical detergents.

Low foaming, making it perfect for all washers, including high efficiency (HE) front loaders. Welcome to a better natural way to clean your laundry and your home.

Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your rinse cycle "water" for added aroma.

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Common Chemical Detergents Ingredients

Here I’ve broken down some of the more common laundry detergents ingredients on the market “Scary”!

Linear alkyl sodium sulfonates (LAS): These synthetic surfactants are commonly listed as 'anionic surfactants' on the labels, one of the most common surfactants in use. During their production process, carcinogenic and reproductive toxins such as benzene are released into the environment.

Petroleum distillates (aka napthas): Perhaps you’ve never heard of petroleum distillates before, or given them much thought if you have, but it is almost certain you've used products that contain them - perhaps daily. These compounds, which are also called hydrocarbons or petrochemicals, are extracted by distillation during the refining of crude oil, and they're used as heating agents, propellants (gasoline) and solvents. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, lung damage, lung inflammation and damage to mucous membranes. Petroleum distillates are in hundreds of consumer products, from household to cosmetics. Carcinogens are released into the air when burning a traditional petroleum candle. I could go on and on about this subject, but won’t!!!

Phenols: According to the National Institutes of Health, phenol is toxic and people who are hypersensitive to it could experience death or serious side effects at very low exposures. Plus, it is rapidly absorbed and can cause toxicity throughout the entire body. Typically, death and severe toxicity result from phenol's effects on the central nervous system, heart, blood vessels, lungs and kidneys.

Nonyl Phenol Ethoxylate: One common surfactant in U.S. laundry detergents is nonyl phenol ethoxylate (this chemical has been banned in Europe, and was found to slowly biodegrade into even more toxic compounds). Studies have found that this surfactant stimulates the growth of breast cancer cells and feminizes male fish.

Optical brighteners: These synthetic chemicals convert UV light wavelengths into visible light, which makes laundered clothes appear whiter (although does not actually affect the cleanliness of the clothing). They've been found to be toxic to fish and to cause bacterial mutations. Further, they can cause allergic reactions when exposed to skin that is later exposed to sunlight.

Phosphates: These chemicals are used to remove hard-water minerals to make detergents more effective, and to prevent dirt from settling back onto clothes during a wash. A major problem with them is that, when released into the environment, they stimulate the growth of certain marine plants, which contributes to unbalanced ecosystems. Many states have banned or restricted the use of phosphates for this reason, and you may see laundry detergents advertised as "low-phosphate" or "phosphate-free."

Sodium hypochlorite (household bleach): This is a chemical precursor to chlorine, which is highly toxic and involved in more household poisonings than any other chemical. When it reacts with organic materials in the environment, carcinogenic and toxic compounds are created than can cause reproductive, endocrine and immune system disorders.

EDTA (ethylene-diamino-tetra-acetate): EDTA is a class of compounds used as an alternative to phosphates to reduce mineral hardness in water, prevent bleaching agents from becoming active before they're put in water and as a foaming stabilizer. EDTA does not biodegrade readily and can re-dissolve toxic heavy metals in the environment, allowing them to re-enter the food chain.

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The Many Uses for Soap-Nuts

How Do You Use Soap-Nuts?

Soap-nuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time cleaning without chemical residues and chemical fragrance.

There are many uses for soap-nuts. The most popular use is for your laundry. Making your laundry turns out amazingly soft, clean and fresh smelling. Soap-Nuts are highly economical, averaging 0.15 to 0.25? per load. And the great part is that you can use the soap-nuts over and over! Clothes come out smelling fresh and natural as Mother Nature intended.

  1. Put the Soap-Nuts or equivalent pieces into the included, reusable muslin sack. Add the sack to your washing machine. Return Soap-Nuts to the earth by adding them to your compost! It’s that simple!

  2. Hot/ Warm/ Tepid Water
    Use 2 or more Soap-Nuts or equivalent pieces in the muslin sack depending on the size of your washer load. Re-use them 4-5 times.

  3. Cold Water
    Use 4+ Soap-Nuts or equivalent pieces depending on the size of your washer load. Re-use them 2-3 times.
    I only use cold water; one reason is that it helps conserve energy. My cold water is extremely cold, So, I simply make a tea with my soap-nuts and it works just as good. Here’s what I do.
    I place about 5 soap-nuts or equivalent pieces to a heat proof glass jar (canning jar) add 12-cups of boiling water to jar. Let steep over night. Strain soap-nuts from liquid. Please remember that soap-nuts have not preservatives, so please refrigerate your un-used soap-nut tea for up to a week.
    I place my laundry to washer as the washer is filling with water. Once washer is full I add - cup of tea to washer. That’s it!

    Recommended water temperature is Tepid to warm water for best results, rinsing in cool water.

  4. Pre-soak laundry over night with 3+ soap-nuts or equivalent pieces, depending on the load size.

  5. For Sparkling Whites
    Using warm to tepid water, add 2+soap-nuts or equivalent pieces {depending on the load size} add 1-cup sea salt or hydrogen peroxide. If you like you can add a scoop of oxygen bleach.

  6. Heavy Soils and Stains
    Pre-soak 4 Soap-Nuts or equivalent pieces in the muslin bag in boiling hot water for a few minutes. Add the “tea” and sack to your wash load. Add fewer clothes to your machine so the fabric has lots of room to agitate. If you like you can add a scoop of oxygen bleach.

  7. Fabric Softener
    Soap-Nuts naturally soften and add body to your clothes. If you want more of a fabric softener, add 1-cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle.

  8. Hand Washables and Delicates
    I place about 2 soap-nuts or equivalent pieces to a heat proof glass jar (canning jar) add 5-cups of boiling water to jar. Let steep for a few hours. Please remember that soap-nuts have not preservatives, so please refrigerate your un-used soap-nut tea for up to a week Add the “tea” about 1 to 2 Tbsp (15 to 30ml) to your cool water basin. Allow to soak for a few minutes. Gently wash your delicate clothes. Rinse with cool/tipped water, hang or lay flat to dry.

  9. Steam Cleaning Spot Treatment
    Add 2 Tbsp (30ml) to 5qt (4 L) hot water and use in a portable steam cleaner. Great for getting out urine smells and stains.

  10. Fruits and Vegetables Wash
    You can wash your fresh fruits and vegetables with a mild soap-nut tea.

  11. Plant Wash and Pest Repellent
    Add 10 parts water, 1 part Maggie’s Soap Nuts liquid, and 1 tablespoon Neem oil (optional) to a clean spray bottle. Shake well. For plant wash, spray leaves and wipe clean. To repel pests, spray plant thoroughly, covering all surfaces, and allow to air dry.

  12. Re-use soap-nuts 3 to 5 times.
    The soap nuts are no longer effective when they become thin, mushy and very light tan or gray. Soap-Nuts are non-polluting and completely biodegradable. When you have used your soap-nuts to there potential, simply add them to your compost or throw in the trash.

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Recipes

Whichever way you do it, when strained, throw the used soap-nuts in the compost, or as a last resort, the garbage.

Many sellers of natural products and aromatherapy products sell unscented lotion, shower gel and shampoo.

Making Soap-Nut Powder
You can take as many soap-nuts as you want; I simply put them in my food processor and grind them into a very find powder.

or

You can use the mortar and pestle method for making a powder. Take large pieces and place in a sack and pound with a hammer or mallet. Pour the small pieces in a mortar and crush to a powder with a pestle.

Making Soap-Nut Liquid
I place about 5 soap-nuts or equivalent pieces to a heat proof glass jar (canning jar) add 12-cups of boiling water to jar. Let steep over night. Strain soap-nuts from liquid. Please remember that soap-nuts have not preservatives, so please refrigerate your un-used soap-nut tea for up to a week.

With the “Tea” you can use for:

  • laundry
  • house cleaning
  • windows
  • shampoo
  • bath soap or relaxing bath
  • pet shampoo

Dissolve 10 teaspoons soap nut powder in 1/2 gallon water. Shake really well, STRAIN out grit and use for hand washing dishes and clothes or in a spray bottle. Can also be used as a shampoo. Keep away from eyes, it will irritate and burn. If you get in your eyes, rinse with lots of cool water. Use within 2-3 days.

Shampoo
Use 3 soap-nuts or equivalent pieces and 2-cups water. Steep for 10 minutes, add cornflour to thicken if desired as well as any essential oils to scent. PLEASE KEEP AWAY FROM THE EYES, it will irritate and burn. If you get in your eyes, rinse with lots of cool water.

Use 1 teaspoon soap-nut powder for shoulder length hair - mix into paste using a little water and wash hair as normal. The shampoo will not lather. Don’t lather, but it is incredibly clarifying and makes hair very shiny. Please Keep Away From the Eyes, it will irritate and burn. If you get in your eyes, rinse with lots of cool water.

Basic Shampoo Formula

  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) almond or apricot kernel oil
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) fresh herbs
  • 2 drops essential oil
  • 2 TBSP. (30 ml) liquid castile soap (optional if you want lather)
  • 1 cup (250 ml) soap-nut tea
  1. Place herbs in a clean 10-oz (284 g.) glass jar with a lid.
  2. Boil the spring water and pour over the herbs.
  3. Cover and let steep for 10-20 minutes.
  4. Strain the liquid from the herbs into a bowl.
  5. Add the liquid castile soap and almond or apricot kernel oil and mix thoroughly.
  6. Scent with essential oil and mix again.
  7. Bottle in a clean plastic container with a spout or a clean recycled shampoo bottle.

For Normal Hair

  • 1 cup (250 ml) soap-nut tea
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil
  • 30 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 TBSP. (30 ml) liquid castile soap (optional if you want lather)

For Fine Hair

  • 1 cup (250 ml) soap-nut tea
  • 15 drops Peru-balsam essential oil
  • 15 drops bay-laurel essential oil
  • 1 TBSP. (30 ml) liquid Castile soap (optional if you want lather)

Bring the soap-nut tea to a boil in a small pot. Then remove it from the heat and stir in liquid castile soap. Allow the mixture to cool until it is at room temperature. Add the essential oils and blend. Transfer the shampoo to either a glass or plastic bottle and use it to wash your hair every day.

For Dandruff

  • 1 cup (250 ml) soap-nut tea
  • 1/6 oz. potash
  • 7 drops rosemary oil
  • 6 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 1 TBSP. (30 ml) liquid Castile soap (optional if you want lather)

For Oily Hair

  • 1 cup (250 ml) soap-nut tea
  • 1/6 oz. potash
  • 6 drops rosemary oil
  • 4 drops lavender oil
  • 1 TBSP. (30 ml) liquid Castile soap (optional if you want lather)

Bring the soap-nut tea to a boil in a tall pot and in it carefully add liquid castile soap. Add the potash and stir thoroughly until smooth; then simmer for about 30 min. Cool the mixture - the shampoo - to room temperature and add essential oils. Pour it into a bottle and use regularly.

Application:
Wet your hands and pour a little shampoo, about the size of a quarter, into your palm. Rub your hands together slightly. Apply it to your dampen hair, massaging your scalp with gentle, circular motions, for a few minutes. If you are not using the Castile soap you will not get a lather. Soap-nuts don’t lather at all, however you may end up with a few bubbles depending on your water. Then run your hands down over the rest of your hair (if it is long). Rinse your hair and, if necessary, repeat. It is important to rinse your hair thoroughly to remove any residue.

Neutralizing Rinse (optional)
All shampoos are a little alkaline; in areas with hard water, they may leave a light film on your hair or your scalp. If you live in a region where the water is a problem, use an acidic rinse after every shampoo to neutralize the hair's pH. Mix 1 tsp. of vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice with 2 cups of warm water and use this mixture as a final rinse.

Liquid Hand Soap and Shampoo
Fill a pump bottle with the liquid and use to wash your hands or hair. Your hair will come out soft and manageable. Add cornflour to thicken if desired as well as any essential oils to scent.

Soap-nuts acts as a natural exfoliate and leave the skin with a soft, smooth layer which protects against infections and insects.

PLEASE NOTE:

Be careful when using soap-nut solution on children! It will irritate and Burn the eyes. If you get in your eyes, rinse with lots of cool water. Soap-nut also tastes really bad. (The same applies to adults!)

PLEASE NOTE:

Care! The essential oils in these shampoos may irritate the mucous membranes if they come in contact with your eyes, so you should always keep your eyes closed when you're washing your hair. If some shampoo does get into your eyes, rinse it out immediately with plenty of water to prevent irritation. Pregnant women and epileptics should avoid using bay-laurel, lemon and rosemary essential oils, since they can trigger contractions or seizures.

Relaxing/Cleansing Bath
Use 3-4 soap-nut or equivalent pieces in muslin bag and allow to steep in hot bathwater for 5 minutes. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Add 2-4 teaspoons soap-nut powder to the bath and relax as the powder works its magic! Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

Relaxing Bath Soap Nuts on Branch

  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 1/4 cup papaya leaves
  • 1/4 cup neem leaves
  • 3 Tbsp soap nut powder
  • 3 Tbsp shikakai powder
  • 2 tsp kastru manjal
  • 2 tsp sandalwood powder

Blend herbs by hand with mortar and pestle and pour into bath with honey and oil.

Window and Glass Cleaner

  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) soap nuts Tea

Fill spray bottle and wipe windows or mirrors clean. Polish with a dry cloth or newspaper.

In the Dishwasher
Fill the soap dispenser with soap nuts Tea. Add vinegar as a rinse agent, and your dishes will come out sparkling clean!

Multi-purpose Household Cleaner
Pour soap nuts Tea into a spray bottle. Use full strength or dilute as desired. Use for sinks, counters, floors, and to wash your dishes by hand.

Carpet Cleaning Liquid
Soap nuts liquid works exceptionally well in carpet cleaners because it is so low sudsing and odor reducing. Add about a 1/4 cup of soap-nuts Tea to hot water in the portable cleaner. Great for urine stains.

Jewelry Cleaner
Soak jewelry in soap nuts Tea for a few minutes. Use an old soft toothbrush to remove debris. Rinse with clean water and polish with a soft cloth. Soap-nuts have been used as a fantastic jewelry cleaner for centuries.

Pet Shampoo
Soap-nuts also have a natural insect repellent property so not only will your pets be naturally cleaned they’ll be less likely to attract various pests such as fleas, ticks, and lice. The natural anti fungal properties of soap-nuts are perfect for pets with skin irritations, rashes, and hot spots. Soap-nuts liquid is also perfect for washing pet bedding.

Add soap-nuts Tea to a squirt or spray bottle to wash your pet’s fur. It will leave the fur soft and manageable.

Plant Wash and Pest Repellent

  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) soap-nuts Tea
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) Neem oil (optional)

Fill a spray and shake well. For plant wash, spray leaves and wipe clean. To repel pests, spray plant thoroughly, covering all surfaces and allow to air dry.

Foamy Soap-Nuts
For those of us who like the foamy feel when washing, this is perfect!

If you have a small food processor or a hand held blender you can make a thick foamy soap-nut product to use as shampoo or shaving cream.

  • 2 - 5 Tbsp soap-nut Tea

Place in a small food processor or a cup that will allow a hand held blender to reach to the bottom. Blend until you have a very thick foamy mixture.

Use immediately. This will slowly turn back to the liquid form, but stays in the foamy stage long enough to wash your hair or shave.

Thick Foamy Soap-Nuts

  • 2 - 5 Tbsp soap-nut Tea
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin

Place in a small food processor or a cup that will allow a hand held blender to reach to the bottom. Blend until you have a very thick foamy mixture.

Use immediately. This will slowly turn back to the liquid form, Great for shaving but I found it left my hair feeling a little sticky.

Soap-Nut Paste Save all the used soap-nuts and put them in a pan and cover with water. Boil gently until very soft and squishy. Place in food processor and process until smooth. Press the paste through a fine sieve (like a tea strainer) to remove some of the fibers.

Use for shaving cream, exfoliating cream, or as a mild abrasive cleaner. Store in the refrigerator.

Abrasive Cleaner
Use soap-nut paste as a mild abrasive cleaner for sinks and tubs etc. For a more abrasive cleaner, do not strain out any of the fibers when making the paste.

Lemon Soak:
For Dry, Rough Feet and Hands.

  • 4qts warm water
  • 1 cup warm soap-nut Tea
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Combine all ingredients to a foot bath or something larger enough for your feet. Soak feet for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a pumice stone to gently slough away dry skin.

Rich Rose Cream:
For Hand Care.

  • cup rose petals
  • 1 tbsp rose hip powder
  • cup hot, not boiling, soap-nut Tea
  • 1 tbsp beeswax, grated
  • 1 tbsp cocoa butter
  • cup almond oil
  • 1 tbsp liquid vitamin E
  • 7 drops rose essential oil

In a small bowl, crush rose petals with a wooden spoon.. Cover with warm soap-nut Tea and let sit over night. Strain liquid into glass container. Melt beeswax and coca butter in a small double boiler over medium heat, stirring constantly. Mix in almond oil and add rose hip powder. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Mix in the rose liquid, vitamin E, and rose essential oil. Mix until very well blended. Cool completely and pour into a glass bottle/jar and close tightly.

Spa Pedicure Foot Scrub
Enjoy a rejuvenating foot scrub right in your own home. An aromatic foot scrub for effective exfoliation of rough, dry skin. Spa Pedicure Foot Scrub is lightly fragrant, water soluble, oil-free formula that goes a long way and rinses away to leave your feet and legs totally polished.

  • 7 ozs. unscented lotion base
  • 1 tbsp. powdered milk
  • 1 tbsp. corn meal
  • 2 tsp. shea butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin
  • 1/2 tsp. soap-nut powder
  • 1 tbsp. spa sea salt (powdered) or apricot kernel meal
  • 1 tbsp. fragrance of your choosing
    (I chose Honey Drizzle)

Melt/liquefy shea butter in microwave or on stove top. Cool slightly and add to lotion base stirring well. Add remaining ingredients and funnel into a dispenser bottle. Recipe makes approximately 8ozs, very easy.

Coco-Nutter Body Butter
This nut oil based cream is very rich and has a whipped butter consistency. It goes on smoothly and absorbs very well. It's perfect for dry summer and winter skin.

  • 60- grams soap-nut Tea
  • 10- grams virgin coconut oil
  • 8- grams macadamia nut oil
  • 8- grams sweet almond oil
  • 5- grams shea butter
  • 2- grams stearic acid
  • 11- grams soy wax
  1. Combine oils, butter, wax, and stearic acid in a heat proof container and heat in a hot water bath until all ingredients are melted. Stir to combine.
  2. Heat soap-nut Tea separately until slightly warm.
  3. With a hand mixer, start beating oil/wax mixture. Slowly pour soap-nut Tea into the oil mixture and continue beating on low until it takes on a creamy, buttery consistency.
  4. Add essential oil (no more than - teaspoon or so, if desired) after the mixture cools a bit and then transfer into jars.
  5. A little goes a long way with this cream, so use sparingly. Use it anywhere that needs intense moisture or give to your skin a little extra pampering.

Like all botanicals, the infused soap-nut liquid is best stored in a cool place away from direct sunlight. This 100% pure soap-nut liquid solution has absolutely no preservatives of any kind; hence it has a limited shelf life of a few days, unless stabilized. Refrigeration will extend its shelf life.

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Questions and Answers

Q- Are soap nuts safe for those with nut allergies?
A- Absolutely! Soap-nuts are actually a fruit related to the Asian lychee Fruit, so there is need to worry for those with nut allergies.

Q- Can I use Soap Nuts in my HE (high efficiency) washing machine?
A- Yes! Soap Nuts are low-foaming and are ideal for high-efficiency {H.E} washers.

Q- Where are the bubbles?
A- Most chemical detergents contain foaming agents to {Sodium Lauryl Sulfate {SLS} “trick” consumers that the product is working. In truth, the amount of bubbles does not tell you if a detergent is effective or not! Soap-Nuts cleanse your laundry without phony bubbles.

Q- Can I use Soap Nuts to clean more than my laundry?
A- Yes Absolutely!!!

  • Soap Nuts can be used as a skin and hair cleanser
  • All-purpose cleaner for your home
  • Clean your bathtub and sinks
  • Wash your floors
  • Wash windows
  • Wash your car
  • Use as a dish washing soap:
  • Make homemade soaps, lotions, ect.
  • Bathe your animals
  • Experiment on your own with this amazing gift from nature!

Q- Can I use too many nuts?
A- We recommend 3 to 5 soap-nuts per-load, and depending on the size. You’ll know you’ve used too many nuts if your clothes feel stiff after washing. The stiffness results from excess saponin in the rinse water and is not harmful to you or the clothes. The stiffness will go away after the next washing.

Q- Can I use the Soap Nuts more than once?
A- Yes! You can do up to 5 or 6 loads of laundry, depending on size and soilage. You will know when your soap-nuts have come to there end buy the dull color and soggy shape.

Q- Can I use Soap Nuts with any temperature water?
A- Yes! Absolutely! The saponin in the soap-nuts are released quickly into hot water, and more slowly in cold water. When washing in hot water you need fewer soap-nuts per load. When washing with cold water, up to 4 soap-nuts, reuse them up to 4 times. Ideally, if using cool to cold water you should make a “Tea”.

Recommended water temperature is tepid to warm water for best results, rinse in cool to tepid water.

Q- Do I have to remove the Soap-Nuts from the washing machine during the rinse cycle?
A- No, it is not necessary. The saponin has stopped by the time your washer has gotten to the rinse cycle. There’s no soapy residue to rinse away! The little bit of saponin left in the rinse adds softness and body to your clothes.

Q- Are Soap-Nuts hypoallergenic?
A- Yes! So far Soap-Nuts are hypoallergenic. Yes they are 100% natural. To date know one has reported having any kind of reaction to soap-nuts. But please take care to watch your skin and body, anything is possible. Soap-Nuts have been recommended for babies and people with sensitive skin. There’s nothing between you and your clothes but Mother Nature!

Q- Do I need to clean the chemical detergent residue out of my washing machine before I wash my clothes with Soap-Nuts?
A- No, it’s not necessary! But if you want here’s what to do. To remove chemical residues from your machine, run a full load of rags through a warm or hot wash cycle with 4-5 soap nuts in the sack.

Q- I’m allergic to nuts. Can I use Soap-Nuts?
A- Yes, Absolutely! Soap-Nuts are not nuts; rather they are the fruit of the (Sapindus mukorrosi tree). Soap Nuts are the dried fruit of the (Sapindus mukorrosi) tree, sometimes called the Chinese Soapberry tree, similar to and/or related to the Asian lychee fruit.

Q- Do I need to use fabric softener?
A- Nope, not at all! Soap-Nuts naturally soften and add body to your clothes. You’ll love how your clothes feel after washing with Soap-Nuts.

Q- Are Soap-Nuts safe for my delicate washables?
A- Absolutely! Soap-Nuts are the mildest additive free laundry detergent I have ever found, especially for washing delicates, lingerie, silks, cashmere, sweaters, and wool. They naturally soften and add body to your delicate clothing.

Q- Will Soap-Nuts keep my colors bright?
A- Yes! Soap-Nuts are 100% natural and gentle. No harsh chemicals to affect your clothing. Your colors will look and stay brighter longer.

Q- Will Soap-Nuts keep my whites white?
A- Absolutely! Always separate your laundry. Depending on the load size you can add up to a 1-cup sea salt or hydrogen peroxide. If you like you can add a scoop of oxygen bleach.

Q- What About Heavy Soiled and Stains?
A- Yes! Soap-Nuts will work hard for you, but keep in mind that there are some soiled clothing you aren’t going to get spotless no matter how hard you try. So here’s my advice; Add fewer clothes to your machine so the fabric has lots of room to agitate. If you like you can add a scoop of oxygen bleach or 1-cup sea salt.

Q- How many loads of laundry can I wash with 1kg of soap nuts?
A- Each Kg {about 2 lbs} yields 150 to 200 loads of wash, depending upon a number of factors, like mineral content of your water (hard vs soft water), type and degree of soiling (someone who works at hard physical labor is going to need a stronger wash than a person who sits behind a computer) and water temperature.

Q- What do I do with the used Soap-Nuts?
A- Soap-Nuts are 100% biodegradable non-polluting and a completely renewable source. When you have used your soap-nuts to there potential, simply add them to your compost or throw in the trash.

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Bonus

How to Grow Soap Nut Trees

Finding soap-nut seeds are very rare, but not impossible.

Soap-Nut is a drought resistant tree and therefore a good option for Xeriscaping. The tree can reach a height of above 25 meters and a girth of 3 to 5 meters in nearly 70 years and is therefore planted along boulevards. This tree flourishes in deep clayey loam soil and does best in areas experiencing nearly 150 to 200 cm of annual rainfall.

It flowers during summer and the fruit appears in July-August and ripens by November-December. These are solitary globose, round nuts 2 to 2.5 cm diameter, fleshy, saponaceous and yellowish brown in colour.

The seed is enclosed in a black, smooth and hard globose endocarp. The fruit is collected during winter months for seed and or sale in the market as soap nut.

The Ritha seed germinates easily. To ensure a higher percent of germination, the seed is soaked in lukewarm water for 24 hours and then sown, either directly in already prepared 60 x 60 cm pits at 5m x 5m spacing or sown in polythene bags filled with clayey loam soil mixed with farmyard manure or similarly prepared nursery beds.

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