Soapnuts are a totally natural dried FRUIT that you can use to clean your laundry!
We're going to repeat that, because it's important. Soapnuts are a TOTALLY NATUAL DRIED FRUIT with natural cleaning properties. Yep, it sounds crazy -- but it's TRUE! Soapnuts aren't actually a nut at all, they are simply the fruit of a tree (Sapindus Mukorossi), found primarily in the Himilayas. And they are an EXCELLENT alternative to traditional laundry detergents and cleaners.
There are a ton of amazing things about soap nuts. A partial list:
- They are simply a dried fruit -- 100% totally natural.
- They are organically grown and are free of harsh chemicals, so they are incredibly gentle. (This makes them especially great for those with sensitive skin — including babies and those that suffer from allergies, eczema, and psoriasis).
- They’re totally biodegradeable, so they’re better for the environment than regular detergent.
- They’re antimicrobial, so they’re even good for septic and greywater systems.
- They are low-sudsing -- exactly what you need for HE (or high-efficiency) washers.
How do soapnuts work?
The outer shell of the soapnut contains saponin, a natural substance known for its ability to cleanse and wash. (That’s what makes them so GREAT for cleaning your laundry!) And here’s a cool fact: soapnuts aren’t a new concept; they have been used to clean all kinds of fabric for centuries, and are only now gaining popularity in the Americas and Europe as a powerful, yet natural alternative to modern detergents. Having used any number of other detergents, we’re here to say so far man has yet to best Mother Nature in coming up with a genius cleaning agent for clothes.
How are soapnuts prepared for use in your wash?
They are simply harvested, de-seeded, and then dried in the sun. And they WORK — they really, really work!