Certified organic soapnuts from Greenfrog Botanics offer you the most natural way to do your laundry and are super gentle so great for those with sensitive, eczema and psoriasis prone skin. Hypoallergenic, antibacterial and antifungal these soapnuts create a gentle natural lather that works on lifting the dirt and stains from your clothes when mixed in with the hot/warm water. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians these soap nuts can be used individually for up to 5 uses, or until the become thin and lose their colour, and then can be placed on your compost.
Soapberries, also called soapnuts, are the small fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree which is found naturally growing in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. The skin of the fruit contains plant saponin, a natural gentle soap that has been used for centuries to wash skin and clothes working as a surfactant to break the surface tension of the water and create a lather that lifts dirt and grease from the skin and stains from the fabric.
Soapnuts are particularly good for washing coloured woollens, silk and other coloured clothing but can be used for whites. However as they are completely free from chemical brighteners, bright white clothing will eventually take on a more natural colour. Whilst white clothes will not have the same chemically bright appearance when washed with soapnuts, you can achieve a comparable result by adding a laundry booster such as washing soda or lemon juice.
Organic cotton pouch
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.
Re-using soapnutsYou 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. Brilliant!
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