Eco detergents nuts about soap nuts

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Eco detergents nuts about soap nuts

Eco Detergent: Nuts About Soap Nuts



Following on a short story of these little wonders of nature, I was inspired to investigate further and see where I can get my hands on some.

There aren’t many suppliers of soap nuts in South Africa, but I discovered one site that sells them, reasonably inexpensively. Visit On this site you can discover the various uses of Soap Nuts as well as order them for R85 per 500g. Here are some of the uses of soap nuts that I’ve found have made them a staple in MY home:


The easiest way to use them for laundry, is to simply pop 3 to 6 soapnuts in the
small muslin bag (supplied with soap nuts from, tie it closed, and throw it into the drum of your washing machine along with your articles of clothing that need washing. You can reuse one batch for 4 or 5 loads of laundry. Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. They will leave your laundry fresh and clean, colours bright and no need for fabric softener.

When the Saponin has been used up the shells will look dark and feel mushy, at this point you can safely throw them on your compost heap or put them aside for making soap nut liquid (Instructions on making soap nut liquid on the site) Soapnuts are both Ecological and Economical when compared to
other forms of detergents. 1 kg of soapnuts can be used for up to 150 loads of


Use soapnut liquid for washing your dishes. Don’t be deceived by the lack of
bubbles, since there are no artificial foaming agents so there will be very few
if any lasting bubbles.  This in no way impacts on the ability of the liquid to
clean your dishes. If you are using a dish washer, just pop 3 shells in the bottom
of the cutlery holder and some vinegar in the rinse aid dispenser and your dishes
will come out sparkling clean.


Simply use soapnut liquid instead of regular shampoo, it is not as thick as
standard shampoos, and does not create as much artificial lather, so beware that
you do not use too much, as a little goes a long way.  Soapnut shampoo will leave
your hair clean, naturally.


Add 45ml to 4L hot water and use in a portable steam cleaner. Great for getting out
urine smells and stains.  A table spoon of bicarbonate of soda added to this is
specially good for removing cat smells.




•  Are imported from India (shipped, as this is more enviro-friendly than flying them in).

•  Have been growing in the wild for centuries in the area they are sourced them from.

•  Are harvested in a sustainable manner.

Be sure to visit and discover many more uses for these wonder-nuts, as well as order some for YOUR home! Also available on the site are ‘Enchantrix’ products, which are also Ethical & Eco Friendly’. Their range includesBody Care, Kids & Household products, all at a price to suit your economically-stunted-but-eco-conscious-budget 🙂

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