Soap Nuts

The natural, effective alternative to laundry powder. Wild harvested. 1kg bag (up to 300 washes)

All about Soap Nuts

Quick biology lesson. The Sapindus Mukorossi tree, aka the ritha or reetha tree, produces berries, aka soap nuts, which in turn contain saponin, a natural detergent. A cotton or muslin bag containing Soap Nuts can replace your laundry powder or liquid. No, really. When the nuts become wet they release the saponins, which, in turn circulate as a natural surfactant - freeing dirt, grime, and oils from clothing. Simple, natural, effective! Soap Nuts are especially useful for those with sensitive skin.

How to use Soap Nuts

To get the best results (i) for lightly soiled clothes use 4-6 nuts, for heavily soiled clothes 6-8 nuts and for hard water areas use 8 nuts, (ii) place in the bag supplied and pull string tight, (iii) if you want to give your wash a fragrance then add a few (maybe 15 to 20) drops of essential oil to the bag, (iv) place your laundry in the washing machine and put the bag on top of it, (v) use a cold or warm wash as hot washes will shorten the life of your Soap Nuts, and (vi) when the washing cycle is complete hang the bag of nuts up so that they can dry out. You should get between 3 to 7 washes per set of nuts although it can vary as it is – obviously – a natural product. Note that Soap Nuts do not produce suds.

Of special note

Certified organic. Wild harvested. Re-usable. Non-toxic. Natural. Creates no waste. Compostable. Biodegradable. Cost effective. Naturally anti-fungal. Our Soap Nuts come from Nepal. They are not really nuts at all, but dried berries.

Our not-very-secret formula

Official Name Plain English Name %
Sapindus Mukorossi Soap Nuts 100%


About the ingredient

Soap Nuts

Sapindus mukorrossi, aka the Chinese soapberry tree, grows across the lowland areas of Taiwan; forests of China, Nepal, India and Japan. The tree is an endemic species in Taiwan and the Taiwan Forest Bureau has designated the Chinese soapberry tree as one of the primary species for its reforestation programmes. Extracts of the pericaps (soap nut) were traditionally used to clean both the hair and the body. Its detergent action has been used to clean delicate shawls and silks. The main active constituents are saponins, which are generally considered as non-volatile detergent-like compounds with foaming and emulsifying properties. In addition, saponins are considered to exhibit pharmacological and medicinal properties, including antimicrobial, insecticidal and spermicidal effects.

Safety Information

Wild & Precious Soap Nuts are extremely safe to use. However, they should not be consumed as they may cause nausea. Keep away from small children and pets as they could pose a choking hazard.