Soapnut Shells, 1KG



Soapnuts are used as a 100% natural laundry detergent with amazing cleaning powers. Most likely one of the most sustainable cleaning products on earth.

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Soapnuts a 100% natural laundry detergent.

Most likely one of the most sustainable cleaning products on planet earth.

SoapNuts are naturally grown and have amazing cleaning powers. The shells of these fruits contain a natural substance called Saponin. Once released into water, they create mild suds similar to soap and will effectively remove dirt and oils from clothes and garments.

This box contains 1kg of SoapNut shells and 2 cotton wash bags. It will wash up to 365 loads of laundry or dishes. Reuse 4-6 times before disposing on your compost

Soapnuts are:

  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Compostable
  • 100% Biodegradable
  • Not tested on animals
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Gentle on fabrics
  • Reusable
  • Clean and soften clothes the natural way
  • Affordable
  • Vegan
  • Soapnuts have a PH level between 4-6

People in India and Nepal have been doing their laundry and cleaning with Soap nuts for hundreds of years. Soapnut is the dried fruit of the Ritha tree and the saponin released is a 100% substitute to normal detergents.

SoapNuts can be used for washing clothes, dishes, cloth nappies, as a liquid soap, cleaning and shining ornaments, household cleaner etc. They are highly-effective and gentle and leave your laundry fresh and clean. Suitable on all fabrics at all temperatures. They work in front and top loaders.

Because SoapNuts are chemical free they are an excellent product for washing children's clothing and cloth nappies. Also a great product to use if you suffer from eczema or sensitive skin.

Dimensions (W x H x D): NA
Weight (gross): 1.1kg
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I have just started using soapnuts and will continue to do so. The smell of other washing powders were too much for our sensitive noses. Am quite happy with the end product!


I have no idea where people are getting the information that soap nuts are not as effective as normal laundry powder. Soap nuts are better than standard laundry powder and also they don't bleach out the clothes so your clothing looks new even after multiple washes (doesn't look faded). I get no allergic reaction also, which is great news because I have ultra sensitive skin.

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On top of laundry, I brew soapnut liquid by the litre to use as handwash, shower bodywash, and kitchen cleaner. Last year I gave up deodorant. After months of no comments, I checked with my husband: he'd noticed no BO at all. My skin obviously prefers gently cleaned to stripped bare! Would you clean the outside of your house with a waterblaster every day?

As shampoo, give your scalp a month to adjust. It doesn't give you "glossy silk" like a petrochemical one, but my scalp is vastly healthier. I combine grapefruit, geranium and rose oils for extra scent.
Consumer NZ recently rated sopanuts poorly versus standard laundry detergent. Unfortunately, it was an unequal test: all the test samples were greasy stains, not everyday cleaning. (I always use Soapnut Store’s soap stick for greasy spots.)My husband complains our laundry doesn't smell “clean", but he means "highly perfumed". But raspberries to him - he always uses my liquid on our kitchen stainless!


I've been using Soap nuts for the last couple of years now and to be honest, would never go back to shop washing powder again.

Soap nuts are brilliant!!!! The fact that one bag of soap nuts can do a few washes at a time is such a good money saver. My husband has really sensitive skin and soap nuts are just perfect because he doesn't have any skin reaction what's so ever after his clothes have been washed with soap nuts. I save money as well because I have no need to buy fabric conditioner either because the clothes just come out so soft.

If your thinking about giving soap nuts a try then just do it because honestly they do work, I work full time on a farm and trust me, my clothes get shitty as, worst than a kid for grime and muck, and my clothes come out of the machine lovely and clean and that's on a 40C cycle, definitely natures best nuggets:).


I've been using these for years and wouldn't go back to washing powder. they are fantastic value. A 1kg box does me about a year. They are natural, no strong scent, I do add a few drops of oil to the bag. I like the fact there are no chemicals in my wash.

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