Organic Laundry Soapnuts
We would never deliberately put chemicals on our skin, so why put it on our clothes? Green Frog Botanic's certified organic soapberries (soapnuts) offer the most natural way to do your laundry and are very gentle on your skin – perfect for sensitive skin, allergies and babies. Plus you can safely put them on compost after use.
Soapnuts (Soapberries) are the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, and absolutely nothing else. The fruit is picked, the seed removed and the shell dried. This dried shell is full of a substance called 'Saponins' which are a natural soap. Saponins reduce the surface tension of water, releasing dirt and grime from fabrics and surfaces. The tree grows in the Himalayan region of the world and the berries are used for many different cleaning applications. They are naturally antibacterial, anti fungal and hypoallergenic.
250 grams is enough for at least 75+ washes
100% Waste Free
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To use soapnuts as a natural laundry detergent, put 5-10 soapberry shells in the small cotton washing pouch and tie it closed. Then simply pop the pouch in your washing machine with your laundry and run as normal.
The hot (or warm) water enters the cotton pouch and releases the saponin (soap) from the soapberry shells within the bag, that then spreads out in the machine and naturally washes your clothes.
If you wash your clothes with cold water, you will have to soak the soapberries in the pouch in hot water beforehand for several minutes and pour soapberries with the water in the washing machine. That is to help them release the soap and make them work as a laundry detergent.
You can use the same shells 3-5 times, or until they become thin and lose their colour which is when you can recycle them in the compost.
Hot Water or Cold Water?
Soapberries will work best with hot or warm water, however, hot water will reduce the number of uses you can get from one soapberry. Washing your clothes purely with cold water is not guaranteed to give the best results, so it is better to first soak the soapberries in hot water beforehand for several minutes and then putting both, the soapberry pouch and the water in the washing machine.
Are Soapberries Strong Enough Detergent to Remove Stains?
Soapberries are perfectly suitable for daily laundry needs, but for tougher stains, you might need to pre-treat and soak your clothes. You can use washing soda as a laundry booster and soak the clothes in the washer for several minutes before completing the cycle. While this might seem like more work, it is a small sacrifice to make for a more chemical-free future.
What About White Laundry?
Soapberries are especially good for washing coloured woollens, silk and other coloured clothing. Because they are completely free of chemical brighteners and bleach, bright white clothing will eventually take on a more natural colour, however colours will keep their brightness for longer. White clothes will not have the same chemically white appearance when washed with soapberries, but you can achieve a comparable result by adding a laundry booster to your load, such as a washing soda, or lemon juice.
Aside from the fact soapberries are organic, waste free and much more (see features tab), they are grown and harvested in by communities in the Himalayas. The income provided by the sale of the shells supports their way of life and promotes sustainable practices.