These come with a bag that will wash a load of laundry using only 4-7 berries to a load. You can toss them when they are done for a zero waste compostable option. *Eco washing bag included.
What Exactly Are Soap Berries?
Soap berries or Soap nuts are actually the dried shells (or husks) from the soapberry nut, which come from theSapindus mukorossitree—a unique species of trees found in both the eastern and western hemispheres, but native to the tropical conditions of India and Nepal. Even though they are called nuts, they are actually driedberries, making them a safe option for people with nut allergies.
How Do Soap Nuts Work?
The shells of the soap berry contain a natural soap, calledSaponin. When the nut shells absorb water, the saponin is released, which creates a soaping effect. Saponin is 100% natural and biodegradable, making it an excellent alternative to chemical detergents. These environmentally friendly “berries” are becoming an increasingly popular choice to launder clothes for those who want to avoid conventional detergents that contaminate our water supplies and are often harsh on the skin.
While greener or homemade detergents are a safer alternative to conventional ones, they do still produce waste. Soap nuts, on the other hand, are used completely and then can be composted, leaving no waste behind. Saponin tastes bad to insects, meaning pesticides are generally not needed to grow the nuts, which makes them an even safer choice for your family and the environment.
Because they are so gentle, soap nuts are a great option for those who have sensitive skin, eczema, or psoriasis. They are perfect for laundering baby clothes and cloth diapers, leaving no harsh chemicals on your baby’s behind. Not only are soap nuts gentle on skin and effective at washing clothes (even removing mild stains), but they are extremely affordable costing only pennies for multiples washes.