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What are "soap nuts"?

What are Soap Nuts?

Soap nuts (Sapindus Mukorossi-botanical name) are dried fruits obtained from trees native to India and Nepal. They have been used to clean all kinds of fabric for centuries, and only now gaining popularity in the American and Europe as a powerful, yet natural alternative to modern detergent. The saponin contained on its shell releases when it is brought into contact with warm or hot water. (See directions for cold water). Agitation further releases these saponins and then circulates as a natural surfactant. They break down the surface tension between oil and water in the wash freeing dirt, oils and grime from clothes. This exact same principle that applies to how most detergents and soaps. It’s simply not achieved using synthetic chemicals that are harmful to your body.

How are they used?

Put 5 soap nut shells or equivalent pieces, in a cotton or muslin drawstring bag and tie securely. Toss in the washing machine before you add your clothes.
You can keep the bag of soap nuts in the washer through the rinse cycle as it releases saponin with warm to hot water. The amount of saponin left in the rinse cycle will simply leave your clothes feeling soft. Remove the soap nut bag from washer prior to placing laundry into dryer. For bleach use an oxygen bleach. For really dirty clothes put in a half load of clothes for better cleaning power. If you have stain I suggest using a stain remover or a natural stain remover. Cold water wash: pre soak 2 soap nuts in the cotton sack in hot water for a few minutes then add the “tea” and sack your wash load. Soap nuts, while wet, smell like vinegar but your clothes will not smell like that after they are washed. When you finish using the soap nuts, hang the bag to dry. This product is great for removing odors and making your laundry smell fresh.

Is it expensive to use We Be Soap Nuts?

It is very cost effective, about 4 cents a load sometimes less and the benefits from no harmful chemicals touching your body is priceless.

Can I use my soap nuts in my (HE) or front load washer?

The saponins that are in We Be Soap Nuts are naturally a low suds detergent; they are ideal for high efficiency washers and even carpet cleaners.

How do I know when to replace my “We Be Soap Nuts”?

You can continue using the same We Be Soap Nuts several times; the best way to tell that they are spent is to check and see if they become thin, light tan, gray or mushy.

Are soap nuts safe for my septic?

Yes they actually help in breaking down the grey water in the septic system. The pieces left over can be recycled in your compost pile.

How to make liquid laundry soap?

  • In a heavy saucepan with a lid, bring four cups of water to a boil.

  • Turn off the heat and toss 6-8 soap nuts in the saucepan with the hot water.

  • Then cover the saucepan, and let it sit overnight.

  • In the morning, scoop out and discard the remaining soap nut shells.

  • Pour the cooled liquid into a container with a lid.

  • If you would like your soap nut liquid to have a scent, add your favorite essentials oils, lemon, etc.

This batch of soap nut liquid will wash at least 8 loads of laundry. (Use ¼ to ½ cup for each load.) If you made enough to last more than a week or two, it is probably a good idea to keep it refrigerated. (Just label it---we wouldn’t recommend mistaking it for apple juice).

Will I be allergic to Soap Nuts?

Soap nuts are actually the shells from the dried fruit of the soap nut tree and not botanically related to the traditional edible nuts. Soap nuts are hypoallergenic. Most allergic reactions to detergent are due to the chemicals and fragrances in them.

Will the soap nuts affect my sensitive skin?

Soap nuts are 100% natural and hypoallergenic and do not contain harsh chemicals or fragrances which affect skin conditions. We recommend them for babies and people with sensitive skin.

Do I need a fabric softener?

Saponin leaves provides a natural softness to your clean laundry and a fresh smell. You will find you will not need fabric softener.

Important information about We Be Soap Nuts

  • Natural way to clean laundry with softness and fresh smelling that is wonderful.

  • Antimicrobial properties. Removes microbes and has anti-fungal properties.

  • It is gentle on the fabric and safe on colors.

  • Low suds: good for all washers. Excellent for high efficiency (HE) washers.

  • Eliminate the need for fabric softener.

  • Requires no manufacturing processes. No fossil fuels needed to produce. The trees grow for 90 years producing 200 lbs per year of soap nuts.

  • Does not pollute our water systems, helps turn grey water into a more useful form and is safe for septic tanks. This helps save our tropical forests.

  • Environmentally safe.

Your purchase is beneficial to both the economy environment of India and Nepal where as in these two countries, there are many poor people. Because soap nuts are plentiful, they become non-saleable locally. Therefore, the trees become more valuable marketable as firewood than for the environmentally friendly soap nuts that they grow. When soap nuts are marketed overseas, it employs local residents to harvest them, which in turn, stimulates the economy. At the same time, it saves the tropical forest.

Keep Away From Children and Pets. Do Not Eat, Harmful if Ingested.



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