1. Can you use soapnuts if you have a nut allergy?
Soapnuts despite the name are NOT actually nuts: they are a berry. They are not part of the nut family and won’t cause any nut allergy.
2.How do they work?
Soapnuts contain approximately 12% saponins which are a natural detergent. Similar to soap, when the shells of the soapnut come in contact with water the saponin is released and suds are produced - these are excellent for cleaning laundry and leaving it beautifully soft.
3. How many do I need?
We recommend that you use 6-8 half soapnut shells per wash which can then be reused around 4 times - until the soapnuts start to become darker and lose their sheen. As a general rule 50g should be sufficient for approximately 20-25 washes. A 1 Kg bag would wash 7-10 loads per week for around a year before it runs out.
4. Will they remove stains?
They are effective at removing everyday stains but you may need to use a separate stain treatment for more stubborn ones.
5. Can they be used on nappies?
Absolutely! Just use the soapnuts as you would normal detergent and see if they pass the smell test! As always though be careful when using essential oils near your baby sensitive skin.
6. Can they be used for anything other than laundry?
Yes indeed! These versatile little wonders can be used for a whole range of things. To make a liquid soap simmer 25g of soap nuts in 500ml of water for around 10 minutes - this can be used as a household cleaner or as a base for many personal hygiene products. Add some favourite essential oil and it can be used as handwash or shampoo.
I love this! I have known about soapnut for a while but thank you for the extra info.
Indigenous Australians have also used soapnut for a very long time.
I believe we have much to learn from our indigenous brothers & sisters.
Love & light Cara xx
I very much agree! I am very curious now. I normally make my own detergent for clothes, but this looks even better!
Have been using soapnuts as laundry cleaner for 4 months now and LOVE them.
Another benefit is when you are done using them, you can compost the "waste"... Yay :)