• Soapberries: Nature’s Laundry Detergent

    June 24, 2016 • CLEAN, Laundry
    Have you heard of soapberries? They are a 100% natural, chemical free, zero waste alternative to laundry detergent.

    How do soapberries work?

    Often called “soap nuts“, these dried berries are actually the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, which grows in several different regions around the world, but is most prevalent in the Himalayas.

    The berries are picked and then the shell of the fruit is collected, dried and packed for use. The shell is exceptionally high in ‘saponin’ which is known as nature’s soap. This saponin content reduces the surface tension of the water so it will remove dirt and leave fabrics soft and clean.

    To use, simply follow these instructions:

    1. Place the equivalent of five whole shells in the small cotton bag provided.
    2. Add bag to normal washload and remove when finished.
    3. Use warmer water for heavily soiled loads (40-60 degrees).
    4. Re-use the same shells for approx. four more loads.

    Add a refreshing scent to your laundry with That Red House Laundry Tonic. Use in conjunction with with That Red House Organic Soapberries for a natural, toxic free and zero waste laundry routine. Find the Laundry Tonic here >

    What are the benefits of soap berries?

    There are many benefits for using soap berries as a natural washing detergent.

    Natural cleaning product that is good for the planet

    Being a 100% natural product, soap berries are produced sustainably with minimal impact to the environment compared to conventional detergents. Using soap berries will help the environment by:

    • 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 nuts can be composted at the end of use.
    • Packaged in resuable draw string bag with small wash bag.
    • Not tested on animals.
    • By purchasing our product, you are supporting the Grow Nepal initiative which creates a future for the Nepalese people, and encourages sustainable practices across the planet.

    Toxin free, hypoallergenic, and good for you

    Using soap berries results in many personal benefits for your health and family, including:
    • Money saving. Soapberries 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. 500g = approx. 180 washloads. (Data supplied by That Red House.)
    • Hypoallergenic. Perfect for those with sensitive skin or allergies.
    • The berries are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and odorless.
    • Safe for babies and children.

    Other Uses

    You can make a potent multi-purpose liquid by boiling 5 berries in 500ml of water for 15 mins, or until the liquid thickens and reduces slightly.

    Once cool, transfer the liquid to reusable jar or spray bottle.

    You can then use the liquid for range of cleaning purposes, including bathroom cleaner, shampoo, baby wash, glass cleaner and stain remover.

    Shop our ThatRedHouse soap berries here >