Soapberries? What are they? How do you use them?

So I’ve been getting some inquiries as to what these strange nuts are and how on earth do they clean your clothes?

If you are looking for a 100% plastic free, biodegradeable, almost zero carbon footprint way to clean your clothes, you will want to try these.

Today I am showing you That Red House Organic Soapberries and essential oil Laundry Tonic and following their instructions for use.

The nuts, or berries, come from a type of Sapindaceae tree, a tropical tree which has been used as a “soap” due to its surfactant qualities by many cultures. So there must be something to these humble little nuts that makes them at least worth a try.

You’ll find the packet of Soapberries contains a paper bag with all of your magical nuts and a small calico bag in which you place your 5 shells, tie-up and pop in with your washing.

You simply take 5 whole shells and place them in your little calico bag. I double tied the ties and they stayed together nicely.

As the Soapberries don’t actually have any scent and you want to have a nice clean smell to your washing, you can add a few drops of That Red House Laundry Tonic. You really don’t need a lot to get a great smelling load come out of your washing machine. I put 5 drops on the calico bag before puting in with the clothes.

It really is as simple as that. Just choose any suitable cycle as you normally would and close the door!

One thing to get used to is that you won’t see suds. This seems a little weird at first. But if you’re used to using natural surfactants you’ll know that you don’t need suds to get things clean.

When you open your washing machine to get your washing, just remember to find your little bag and pop somewhere to dry for next time you do a wash.

The nuts last 4-5 washes and you will notice that they start to break down. That’s the time to put them in your compost, (I just put them in my garden beds!) and get a set of fresh berries.

One thing I think will surprise you is how soft your laundry is being washed this way. You really don’t need any type of fabric softener, which is great.

All of our clothes and linen come out beautifully clean and smelling great. The added satisfaction of reducing waste and using processed goods is an added bonus.