Organic Soap Berries Soap Nuts Natural Laundry Detergent 250g

Organic Soap Berries Soap Nuts Natural Laundry Detergent 250g

vegan palm oil free

90+ washloads. That Red House certified organic Soapberries (also called Soap Nuts) are the natural alternative to traditional fabric softeners and laundry detergents. Can also be used as a concentrated all purpose liquid soap. The dried shell of the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree is exceptionally high in 'saponin' which is nature's soap.  Straight from nature to your home!

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you are making a difference:

  • Supporting the 'Grow Nepal' initiative which creates a future for the Nepalese people, and protecting the trees helps reduce deforestation in the Himalayas.
  • Reducing pollution by using a raw plant product with almost no processing or packaging and that is fully compostable.
  • Completely chemical free, grey water safe, septic safe.
  • No plastic bottle - calico bag can be reused and soap nuts can be composted at the end of use.

Intructions for use:

  • Place the equivalent of five whole soap berry shells in the small cotton bag provided.
  • Add bag to normal washload and remove when finished. 
  • Use warmer water for heavily soiled loads (40-60 degrees).
  • Re-use the same shells for approx. four more loads.
  • If you prefer a scent on your laundry, pop a few drops of your favourite essential oil on the wash bag (such as lavender or eucalyptus).
  • When finished, shells are thin and brittle, at which point they can be added to your compost to break down naturally.
You can also make a multi-purpose liquid by boiling the berries for 15 minutes, and use the liquid for anything, from shampoo to a cleaner.


  • Money saving. Soap nuts cost around 10c per wash load for a 1kg bag. Compared to conventional washing powders, they can save you a great deal over the course of a year. Data supplied by That Red House.
  • Hypo-allergenic. Perfect for those with sensitive skin or allergies.
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and odorless.
  • Packaged in resuable draw string bag with small wash bag.
  • Not tested on animals.
  • Safe for babies and children.


250g (90+ washloads). 

100% Australian owned company.

USDA and ECO CERT certified organic.

  • Shop by your values Synthetic Fragrance Free, Petrochemical free, Toxin free, Plastic free, Certified Organic, Zero waste, Compostable
By Belinda H. on 14 Sept. 2017 :

Title : Can not recommend highly enough
Comment : I LOVE these soap berries! I add a few drops of orange essential oils to my wash and everything is coming out beautifully. I've also used the recipes on the 'that red house' website for the cleaning products - currently loving the general all purpose cleaner and the glass cleaner! I've found a recipe for homemade shampoo as well using these soap berries, I'll be trying that next!
(Organic Soap Berries Soap Nuts Natural Laundry Detergent 250g)

By Christie A. on 05 Sept. 2017 :

Comment : Plastic free laundry detergent was one of the last things on my list so I was so excited when I found this product! As far as I can tell so far it works just as well as any other detergent! The salesperson at the store in Brisbane suggested adding a couple of drops of essential oils which I will try but isn't necessary to great, clean laundry

By Grace J. on 03 Sept. 2017 :

Title : Chemical and Plastic Free Washing
Comment : These berries are fantastic! I was surprised at how well they wash everything!!

By Katriona R. on 24 Aug. 2017 :

Title : Different
Comment : Bought these on a whim. As I have a front loader, I made a solution by simmering the berries for 10mins in water. There's no fragrance, which is a bit weird, but I'm happy with the results! Everything is fresh and clean, which is the outcome I wanted!

By Pam P. on 29 July 2017 :

Title : Good value
Comment : I was worried these wouldn't make the clothes clean enough but they are fine! And it's great being able to just chuck them in the compost when they're done and not having to worry about the chemicals in laundry detergent. I think they're really economical too since you can use them more than once. Just wish I'd bought the bigger bag!

By Jess B. on 01 June 2017 :

Title : Good for washing, not great for stain removal
Comment : Its funny that I used to associate the "smell" of conventional detergent with my clothes being clean. Now I fidn myself so sensitive to any kind of overwhelming artificial fragrance, so its so nice to have these. The towels come off the line smelling like a sunny day. Glad to have given this product a go. Next time will buy the bigger bag!!

By Melissa B. on 27 May 2017 :

Title : Sceptic turned follower!
Comment : I had heard about these but wasn't sure how they were going to rate to conventional powders. We tried this and they have become our go to for washing. It has been cleaning our clothes well including the toddlers! Our other washing powders have been left on the shelf so we can use the soapberries plus we love the fact that the old shells go into the compost. A win on many levels!

By Annabelle W. on 19 May 2017 :

Title : Fantastic alternative!
Comment : As an environmentally-conscious person with highly sensitive skin, this find has been fantastic! At first I didn't believe that the berries really last up to five washes, but they honestly do! Since using them my washing has come out soft and odourless, getting rid of the smell in my cat's blankets. They've even managed to clean my work clothes, which haven't always been cleaned with commercial laundry detergent. You'll certainly want to treat any stains before throwing them in the wash with the soapberries, but otherwise I'm very excited to keep using this great laundry detergent alternative!

By Michele Z. on 22 Jan. 2017 :

Title : Good at cleaning but not removing stains
Comment : Great to clean clothes however not so great in removing stains such as oil and tomato sauce. I will certainly buy these again as I think they are probably the the most economical and best natural clothes cleaning product on the market.

By Jade P. on 16 Jan. 2017 :

Title : Amazing, natural clean
Comment : I converted to soap berries from supermarket detergent last year and have never looked back. The berries have a subtle scent and I combine them with a few drops of essential oils to give my laundry a fresh scent. Love it.

By Stephanie H. on 19 Nov. 2016 :

Title : Try these!
Comment : So easy to use and economically. Love them!

By Jennifer C. on 31 Oct. 2016 :

Title : Love the environmental advantages to using these berries.
Comment : I have always hated pouring heaps of chemicals into my machine to wash my clothes. These berries do the job really well, although if something is really soiled I pre-treat it first, and with the addition of a couple of drops of essential oils (lavender for me) my clothes come out clean and smelling lovely. No fabric conditioner required.

By Rhonda K. on 27 Oct. 2016 :

Title : Great stuff
Comment : My children have got very sensitive skin/eczema and this is the perfect answer to washing their clothes without all the nasty chemicals in the regular detergents. Totally hypoallergenic and I was surprised at how clean and soft the washing came out! Great buy, highly recommended.

By Sarah H. on 29 Sept. 2016 :

Title : love the soapberries
Comment : The most ecofriendly washing soap I have found! Works great and super economical! Plus waste free! I mostly cold wash and the clothes come out smelling clean without the perfume of a supermarket detergent. Not sure how well they'd work in a handwash, I haven't tried or googled this.

By Nerissa B. on 24 July 2016 :

Title : Best enviro detergent yet
Comment : Well, these get significant blood stains out of clothes if washed the same day, which is impressive! However, they do not perform miracles on texta marks and grass stains. Work really well in top loaders with lots of water sloshing around (not great if you jam all the towels in), cold water is fine. I don't think the maths is quite right - 250g does more like 45 loads if you use 6 berries per bag for 3 loads before you compost them, which is 50 cents ish per load, much better than the $1 per load for more expensive eco detergents. Leave berries in the bag in a jar of water between loads. You can do a no rinse cycle if your machine allows it because the berries are low residue, but they do leave a faint (not unpleasant) smell on your clothes if you have a decent sense of smell. It is recommended that you boil them up to make a liquid if you have a front loader, because of the amount of water used by front loaders. Have to consider the carbon footprint of importing them and the cartons will be sprayed by quarantine,obviously, although very little should get to the product itself. In general - awesome, we are converted!

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