Soap Nut Review

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 5.11.24 PMFirst what are Soap nuts?  They are actually a fruit and contain large amounts of saponins in their shell.

Soap nuts, also known as soapberries, washing nuts and wash berries are from the Sapindus Tree these trees grow in India and Nepal.
Ecozone Soap nuts – Indian Wash nuts – replaces laundry powder and detergents – great value 1kg bag – up to 330 washes

The Pros
  • Natural
  • Biodegradable
  • Petroleum Free
  • Reusable
  • Safe on delicates
  • Mild enough for babies clothes and diapers
  • No skin irritations
The Cons
  • Need hot or warm water
  • Have to pre-treat stains
  • More time consuming

Soap nuts do not have chemicals like the detergents, so they do not whiten whites, but you can add some borax to your whites to do that.

I think the pros outweigh the cons as soapnuts do things naturally that detergents don’t.  Washing with soap nuts I find my clothes are softer, and I rarely get eczema flare ups.

To me there are healthier and safer, so if my whites are not as white as they should be I don’t mind.  If I do I add borax or baking soda to my wash.

You can also try using soap nuts in cold water – to do this I soak them in hot water for 10 minutes to steep.  I also add a few drops of lavender for a nice scent.

Soap nuts are truly non-toxic and the best laundry option I have found for sensitive skin, next to grating Olive Oil Soap and adding water.  These nut are very affordable and will do more than one wash, with no suds they do not leave any residue in the washing machine.

Using them is easy just plop 5 or 6 of them into a muslin bag and place in the washer if you are using hot water.  If not then soak the nuts in the bag in hot, hot water for 10 minutes and then put the tea and the bag in the washer with cold water.

You will find no skin irritation and your clothes will be much softer.

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6 Responses to Soap Nut Review

  1. Julius says:


    I’ve been reading your website for a while now, and I’m really enjoying it! I learned a lot of interesting things about soap and the process of making it on your own.

    I actually never heard of soap nuts, but it looks very interesting. I like to do things naturally because there’s little to no chances that my body is gonna respond negatively. Unfortunately, the price of these soap nuts is definitely higher than the regular soap but despite that, I’ll try it. I think it’s worth the money.


    • Teresa says:

      Hi Julius, I’m glad you are enjoying the website. The price of the soap nuts is actually cheaper than regular laundry detergent if you look at a 1 kg bag of soap nuts will give you about 300 washes and Tide Pods 1.5 kg will give you only 40 was and the 1kg powder 30 loads. So if you look at the prices, it is actually cheaper to use the soap nuts.

  2. Evie says:

    I’d never heard of soap nuts before but it sounds like they do a great job. I’m slightly allergic to soap powder so have to use a gentler non biological powder in my washing machine. These sound better. And I assume that because they don’t produce suds etc that they might extend washing machine life as no chemicals to eat through or gunk things up?

    • Teresa says:

      Yes Evie, no chemicals. I didn’t think about extending the life of a washing machine, but I bet your right, and without the chemicals that your find in detergents it is safer for your skin.

  3. james says:

    Wow, such an interesting topic. I always thought soap was made from animal fat and that was it. Very intriguing on the process of using cleaner materials for soap. Too bad you have to use hot or warm water. Be very interested to know the difference between this soap and the original that I am use to. I wonder how big of a difference it makes?

    • Teresa says:

      Hi James, I usually use warm water, but I have talked to people that say it works in cold as well. You just have to soak the nuts in hot water before throwing them in the machine. I haven’t tried it myself. I find the soap nuts work equally as well as the detergent I used to use. I’m very happy with them.

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