Soapnut Shells: Natural Laundry (1 Kg Bag)


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Living Naturally Soapnut Shells are the only organic detergent that grows on trees! It simply doesn’t get greener than this!

What you get in the bag:

1 Kg bag of biodegradable soapnut shells
Plus a 1 Kg biodegradable muslin storage bag
Small biodegradable muslin bag
Full instruction leaflet on how to use for laundry
Full instructions on how to make natural pesticide and a chemical free multi-purpose cleaner.
Certified Organic Source
Certified Vegan
Phosphate & Chemical Free

Great for all fabrics, can be used at all temperatures from 30 -90 degrees C. Great for all washing machines especially energy efficient machines & great for all allergy sufferers such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis

Save money and the planet with every laundry load!

260 loads/washes

More Info

Living Naturally is a family-run business and following the success of our own experiences with Soapnuts – their son suffered quite badly with eczema until they started using them. Ever since they have been on a personal quest to be more environmentally conscious.

Soapnuts have been featured on the BBC show ‘Not Easy Going Green’ and BBC Radio 4 as well as many well known websites such as ‘mumsnet’ recommending them. In America and in Germany the use of soap nuts is well established as they been imported there for many years now.

Soapnuts are known worldwide by many names such as soapberry, Reetha (Hindi), Chinese soapberry and many more. Very simply, soapnuts are the dried shells or husks from the soapberry tree.

Based upon its high amount of ‘soap’ content ( 12 – 18% ) and consistency, the highest quality soapnut is Sapindus Mukorossi, which grows primarily in northern India and Nepal. The soapnut tree grows uncultivated in poor quality ground and helps fights erosion, particularly in the Himalayan foothills. It also provides needed income to the local population.

It is a relatively hardy tree being resistant to diseases and insects (due to the high amounts of saponin which are a natural pest and insect repellent for the tree!) To see how well it works try our organic pesticide recipe. The tree grows to 10 to 20 meters in height and begins flowering and bearing fruit after about 9 years. The tree has great longevity and will produce fruit (soap nuts) for about 90 years.

The saponin contained in these soapnuts which produces a soaping effect, is a 100% natural alternative to chemical laundry detergent and cleansers. It can replace many chemical detergents such as those containing sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) that are becoming well known by consumers for being a skin irritant and health hazard. The detergent which goes out as waste also has the antimicrobial properties which causes cleaning of the drainage and sewer system and thus becomes eco-friendly.

There are many kinds of shells that have saponin (chestnut is one). However the sapindus (soapnut) trees have an abundance. There are actually ten varieties of sapindus, but we only sell sapindus mukurossi, because these yield the most saponin (soap) when mixed with water. In nature saponin is a mild insecticide and anti-bacterial compound, it is used to repel bugs and fungus from tress naturally!

We only sell 100% Sapindus Mukurossi, because it has the highest amount of saponin in the shell and will be most effective when used for cleaning. Don’t be fooled by cheaper, less effective products.

Not all soapnuts will clean or sud in the same way. We have test-driven six different varieties/suppliers before deciding on these – sapindus mukurossi. We paid a bit more to ensure we got the right kind of soapnuts, so that they will yield the most saponin and as a result more suds and more cleaning power!

You may find soapnuts elsewhere on the internet but not all soapnuts are created equal! There are other soapnut varieties like Sapindus rarak and Sapindus trifoliatus that do not have the same amount of soap and will therefore not be as effective. Some other suppliers may mix these for a cheaper product, which will mean it will not be as effective as our soapnuts.


Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. It will leave your laundry fresh and clean and compared to other detergents, its mildness will keep colours bright, maintaining fabric structure of your clothes for longer periods. It can be used on all fabrics and at all temperatures.

Using soapnut shells and washbag

1. Put 5 – 7 soapnut shells (or equivalent half shells) into the muslin washbag, tie bag securely.

2. (Optional step) Place washbag into jar with warm water for 3 minutes. This helps to release the soap.

3. Load laundry into machine, place soaked washbag on top of laundry and wash as directed.

4. After taking out laundry, save shells to re-use up to three more times.