1kg (2.2 lb) bag Earth's Berries
1kg bag (250-350 loads of laundry)
What exactly are these Soap Nuts from Earth’s Berries?
Soap nuts aren’t technically nuts. They’re fruit, taken from the soapberry tree (Sapindus mukorrosi. They look like a lychee nut, but they’re not grown for consumption. As the tree’s name suggests, they’re known around the world as cleaning agents, thanks to their high concentration of foaming saponin.
Harvested in India and Nepal, soap nuts have been used for centuries in Southeast Asia and for decades in Europe, where they’ve caught on as natural, potent and most importantly, effective cleaning alternative to the harsh chemicals commonly found in detergents and household cleaners.
What makes nuts so great?
- Good for the world: A single, 1 kg bag replaces nine, 32-load plastic bottles of detergent. Naturally harvesting means there’s no manufacturing. Even the ink on the exterior bag is sun-dried. Classified USDA organic.
- Good for the bank account: A 1 kg bag of soap nuts is enough to do 250-350 loads of laundry. At a retail price of $30.00, that’s 8-10 cents per load! Even a laundry fanatic (we’re sure they exist) doing a load of laundry every single day wouldn’t have to buy another bag for almost a year.
- Good looking clothes: Saponin lifts and removes dirt from fabrics just as well as name brand detergents, without the harsh chemicals. In fact, some companies use saponin as their main ingredient. Earth’s Berries soap nuts are also ‘residue-free’. While many chemical detergents leave traces all over your clothes, soap nuts don’t. That means brighter colours, and less fibre breakdown. Your clothes will look better, for longer
- Good feeling clothes (even more savings): Saponin naturally softens fabrics, so you can cross fabric softener off the shopping list. That’s a lot more money saved, and even less chemicals and unnatural perfumes.
- Good smelling clothes: Earth’s Berries soap nuts include natural deodorizers that neutralize the typical smells that build up in clothes, especially the organic ones like sweat and (if you have a baby) urine. They also work wonders on musty towels. You’ll smell naturally fresh and clean.
- Good grief it’s easy: Put 4-5 soap nuts in one small cotton bag. Put that in the laundry. Go do something fun. It’s that simple. The bag will clean 4-5 loads of laundry, and it can stay in through the rinse cycle… but the rinse cycle isn’t even necessary with soap nuts. No residue, remember? Your clothes can be dried, straight from the wash cycle.
- Good for more than just laundry: Soap nuts can be turned into a general purpose, liquid household cleaner or pre-wash ‘spot remover’ in only 30 minutes (it’s great for windows and mirrors).
The people from Earth’s Berries travelled to India, met their suppliers and saw the processing facilities themselves. They were happy to learn that this supplier brought industry back into the small village where he grew up. As a result, your purchase is providing opportunity to people who wouldn’t have it otherwise. You get a great product. The environment gets a reprieve from harsh chemicals. And villagers gain access to income.
Soap Nuts as Laundry Detergent
For hot water washes, place 3-5 soap nut shells (6-10 halves) into the small cotton bag provided, pull tight and put into the drum of the washing machine. Use for 4-5 loads of laundry, or until the soap nut shells become soft or thin. Compost used nuts. Works great in HE washers as well, just place berries in with your clothes rather than in the detergent tray.
For cold water washes, place 3-5 soap nut shells (6-10 halves) into the small cotton bag provided, pre-soak them in in 50ml of hot tap water for 2-4 minutes, then add the soap nuts and the liquid to your washing machine.For front-load washing machines , Place the cotton bag right into the drum of the washing machine, and put the liquid into the detergent drawer.
To make liquid household cleaner:
• Bring 1500 ml of water to boil in a medium-size sauce pan
• Reduce to simmer and add 10-12 soap nut shells (20-24 halves)
• Let simmer for 30-40 minutes, until the mixture has reduced to 1000 ml.
• Use 45ml of the soap nut liquid per load of laundry
*Make soap nut liquid in small batches, as the lack of preservatives will cause the liquid to spoil within 1-2 weeks.