Soapnuts For Planet Friendly Clothes and Dish Washing, Certified Organic in Eco Bags

(14 customer reviews)


Organic soapnuts for laundry, washing up, windows, floors etc. Very economical to use. Skin and planet friendly.

Dried organic soapnuts, a tree based eco detergent for natural laundry, washing up, window, toilet and surface cleaning as well as washing oily hair. Skin and planet friendly. Considerably soapier and better value than any other ‘dried’ soapnuts in the UK.

What are Soapnuts?

Soapnuts are a revolutionary laundry soap which grows on trees and replaces all chemical detergents with an eco friendly and green solution! Soapnuts can be used to wash clothes, dishes, windows, vehicles, shower screens and still there are many other uses. They leave the clothes clean, soft and fragrant free. Soapnuts save us from polluting the water with synthetic chemicals and from irritating our skin. The best thing is that thy are so economical to use. A machine load of laundry costs us about 3-4 pence!

The soapnut fruit comes from the sapindus mukorossi tree which grows naturally in the forest and hill track areas. Once the tree reaches 9 years, it begins to produce fruit, and then continues to fruit for another 90 years. Only the natural ripened windfall fruits are collected using traditional gathering techniques and then the seed and fruit pulp is removed by women. It is the fruit case which contains natural saponins or plant soap. The fruit cases are partly dried. Many different species of plant contain saponins but the sapindus mukorossi, has the highest concentration of all the different species of soapnut trees and it is higher in saponins that other saponiferous herbs such as soapwort.

Our eco soapnuts are organically grown in Myanmar. They come to us by ship and we pack them here in UK. Our soapnuts totally plastic free!

At Natural Spa Supplies we have specified a particular method of preparing the soapnuts, drying them slowly to retain their soapiness. Our soapnuts contain soap within their skin, but are also surrounded by an extra layer of soap, giving you significantly better value and making the most of this wonderful natural resource.

How do soapnuts work?

The plant saponins which are in very high concentrations in the sapindus mukorossi soapnut are water soluble. Saponins are a natural surfactant which reduce surface tension of water, making water ‘wetter’ and allowing it to penetrate the clothing fibers lifting dirt, grime and oil from the clothes. The surfactants then hold onto the dirt, keeping it in suspension in the water until it is drained away. During the rinse cycle, normally with cold water, no more soap is released, meaning that when the clothes are dry, they are completely fragrance free and soft.

The Basics of Using Soapnuts

Soapnuts can be used in the washing machine, just by popping them in a sock, a thick odd sock is best.
Or you can stand the soap nuts in water to make a liquid cleaning and washing solution.
The great thing about cleaning with soapnut liquid is that you don’t need rubber gloves.

How to make Soapnut Washing Solution or Liquid

Hand washing clothes; washing up liquid; surface cleaner, as a non-tox toilet cleaner and for cars.

Place your soapnut liquid in a squirty bottle (such as a reused mayonaise or ketchup container) and skirt some soapnut liquid into the toilet bowl after each flush and brush around with a toilet brush – this has an immediate deodorizing effect and helps to prevent the build up of limescale.

Just stand the soapnuts in cold or warm water. We never use the hot method where the soap nuts are simmered on a stove as this creates clouds of steam, used lots of energy and destroys the saponins. So do try our easy ‘cold or warm water method!’

With typical usage, we place about 75g in a milk jug and top up with about 1 liter of cold or warm water. We wait for a while for the water to change colour and to take on a more amber tone and use the natural soapy extract for washing shiny and glazed surfaces. If you are in a hurry, put the soapnuts in a jar with a well fitting lid, add the water and shake. Once you have used this liquid, add more water to make more liquid … We use tepid and then increasingly warmer water for further infusions, finally squeezing the soapnuts out by hand to extract the last of the saponins. At the very end, the spent eco soapnuts are composted.


How to wash clothes with eco soapnuts in a washing machine

For hard water you will need 4-5 soapnuts for a full washing load, and for soft water, only 3-4 are necessary.

Instructions for using soapnuts in a washing machine

Place the soapnuts in an old sock, a thick one is best. Tie a knot in the sock to prevent the soapnuts from escaping and place the sock in the washing machine drum with the clothes. There is no need to add detergent or fabric conditioner. Go ahead and do the wash. The sock of soapnuts can be reused 3-5 times, and then the spent soapnut shells can be composted. If you wish to add a scent to your washing, just add some drops of essential oil into the conditioner tray of the washing machine.

How to Wash Clothes by Hand with Eco Soapnuts with No Rubber Gloves!

Make your soapnut washing liquid. Pour some of this liquid into your washing tub and add warm water, make sure there is enough soapnut liquid to cause some bubbles to form on the water surface. Immerse an item of clothing making sure it get thoroughly wetted.  You could soak it for a while. Then go ahead and wash it. Wring or squeeze the item and give it a quick rinse.  Soapnuts are great at washing silk, wools and other delicate items.

How many times can eco soapnuts be reused in the washing machine?

Soapnuts can be used several times over before they are spent, but it depends on the temperature of the wash. With low wash temperatures, 30-40ºC, the soapnuts can be reused 3-5 times, and at temperatures of 60-90º soapnuts will perform well for 2 washes.

It is easy to tell whether the soapnuts can be reused. Fresh soapnuts are a golden brown and if you squeeze them when they are wet they will release bubbles. If you handle the soapnuts while they are wet or damp, the fingers will feel sticky – proof that they still contain lots of soap. Once the saponins have been used up, the soapnut shells will turn very dark, thin, and they will begin to disintegrate. Then it is time to compost them and to place new soapnuts in your sock.

Just as with conventional washing, stains will need treating before the machine wash. Also soapnuts do not contain ‘optical brighteners’, nor bleach, therefore white clothing can begin to appear slightly yellow. We have now found the best eco solution: We use indigo powder as a natural optical whitener making whites look dazzling white and giving bedding a crisp professionally laundered feel. Indigo is also used to enhance the depth of colour on your coloured clothing too. Perhaps the best thing about using Soapnuts and Indigo is that the laundry is ideal for people with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and the indigo can be used in formulations specifically designed for psoriasis skin types.

How to use soapnuts in the dishwasher

Just add 4-5 soapnuts in the cutlery tray, close the cover and add vinegar in your rinse aid compartment. Job done.

What are the benefits of using soapnuts in the dishwasher?

  • No smell of chemicals in the house while the dishwasher was in operation or when I opened the door.
  • No squeaky film or chemical taint on the dishes and cutlery.
  • Lovely clean dishes.
  • Not adding the pollution of the rivers and seas.

Are soapnuts really good value?

250g of soapnuts for £6.00 contains about 90 soapnuts and by using 4 soapnuts, 4 times at a wash temperature of 40ºC, they will give at least 90 washes. Buying larger quantities, such as 500g, 1kg or even 5kg brings greater savings too.

The indigo is great value too and we have now added some options for small amounts of indigo on the Soapnut menu so you can by both at once.

Soapnuts are especially kind to delicate clothing such as silk, clothes coloured with natural dyes and natural textiles. Because soapnuts are natural and gentle, they help clothes which would normally fade quickly to retain their colours. Soapnuts have anti-fungal, antibacterial and insect repellent properties making them ideal for prolonging the life of delicate textiles. For delicate clothing which needs to be hand washed, make up a soapnut washing solution.

How to wash your dishes with soapnut solution

I use the soapnut liquid for washing my dishes and I like it a lot because it doesn’t strip the oil out of my hands or provoke dermatitis. I don’t have to wear gloves when I use soapnut washing up liquid. To make the task easier, I rinse the dishes as soon as they are used – even cold water and a bit of a rub with a cloth or my hand will remove most of the food traces. When you are ready to wash up, just run a bowl of hot water, add your soapnut liquid and the job is easy.

Other uses of soapnuts
The soapnut solution is traditionally used to:

  • Cleaning the shower screen, windows, mirrors, cars, toilets and any washable shiny surface.
  • Wash and soften clothes, especially wool and silk.
  • Wash the hair and body, leaving the skin clean and soft. We mix Soapnut extract with Rhassoul Clay to make a degreasing shampoo.
  • Clean jewellery including precious metals and stones – Add some lemon juice and scrub gently with a toothbrush
  • Repel insects and mosquitoes when used as a hair and body wash.
  • Kills aphids – sieve the soapnut liquid carefully, so that it does not block up a spray nozzle and use it for washing indoor plants.
  • Wash animals – not only does a soapnut shampoo leave animals clean and with a soft coat but the solution is highly effective against lice, fleas and ticks and helps to repel insects. Remember not to get it in the eyes.
  • In Ayurvedic medicine as a shampoo and body wash for people suffering from eczema, psoriasis and for removing freckles.
  • People also wash their fruit and vegetables in soap nut solution to help clean the food and remove pesticides and chemicals. Once the vegetables have been washed in a soapnut solution, rinse them with fresh water.
  • We use the soapnut liquid as summer time windscreen wiper wash fluid and for washing vehicles without polluting the ground water.


Please keep the soapnuts away from pets and children.

The ethics of using soapnuts

The soapnuts are grown and prepared totally without chemicals and manufacturing processes. They are simply gathered, separated from the fruit pulp and seed and then sun dried. No other washing product is made 100% by nature.

Fully compostable packaging of cornstarch, sent in a biodegradable padded envelope.

These soapnuts are sourced from Myanmar and taken over the border for processing in Bangladesh, a country which desperately needs our support to help recover their economy and restore their normality to their lives after the devastating floods and to cope with the pressures of sea level rise. We pack the soapnuts here in British made paper bags.

Soapnuts are transported by ship. While 90% of world commodities are transported by shipping, shipping only accounts for 10% of the global pollution. Transport by water is the most environmentally friendly form of transport. As ship technology improves and more shipping routes are opened up, shipping will become even more environmentally friendly.

Soapnuts are safe for septic tanks and gray water systems. Even when the water enters the sewage system, soapnuts naturally biodegrade as they contain no synthetic chemicals, fragrances, foaming agents or other polluting toxins. The water from the washing machine can also be collected and used to water the garden – helping to deter pests.

Soapnuts trees need no cultivation and are naturally sustainable. The trees help to lock up carbon dioxide through their 100-150 year long life. Soapnut trees are very important and lots of people have them in their gardens. The leaves are used for cattle fodder, the seeds contain about 50% oil, locals can cold pressed the seeds to produce oil and of course the wood is valued for making agricultural implements and as fuel.

Friendly to people and animals with sensitive skin and people who suffer with trouble prone skin. People with skin trouble should never use chemical products on their skin. In Ayervedic medicine soapnuts recommended for people with skin troubles.

Friendly to babies and children who should never be exposed to the toxic chemicals in conventional chemical washing products. Soapnuts are suitable for washing nappies. All washable nappies should be washed with soapnuts to maximize their absorption and prevent leaks. Conventional detergents are not suitable for washing nappies as they prevent the fabric from absorbing fluids fully.

Using soapnuts helps us and our friends to break away from the manipulative advertising of chemical soap powder and fabric conditioner manufacturers, who unnecessarily pollute the environment, our homes and bodies.

Soapnuts are much more economical than other washing products.

Soapnuts help to rid our households of toxic chemicals and ours are completely plastic free.

Please compost the remains.

The soapnuts do not come with a smaller cotton drawstring bag to put them in – I recommend using an old sock as it is easier to undo, and once the sock is knotted, the soapnuts can not escape in the washing machine.

Simply select:
250g Soapnuts
500g Soapnuts
1kg Soapnuts
5kg Soapnuts
10kg Soapnuts

250g Soapnuts + 5g indigo
500g Soapnuts + 5g Indigo
1kg Soapnuts + 10g Indigo
5kg Soapnuts + 10g Indigo
10kg Soapnut + 25g Indigo

Soapnut wholesale
We import soapnuts and wholesale them. If you need more than 10kg of soapnuts, at please call us on 01508 486715 0r 0800 023 5008. Just imagine the great difference to the environment if everyone used soapnuts!

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250g Soapnuts – £6.00, 500g Soapnuts – £10.00, 1kg Soapnuts – £16.00, 2.5kg Soapnuts – £38.00, 5kg Soapnuts – £70.00, 10kg Soapnuts – £135.00, 250g Soapnuts + 5g Indigo – £10.00, 500g Soapnuts + 5g Indigo – £14.00, 1kg Soapnuts + 10g Indigo – £25.00, 2.5kg Soapnuts + 10g Indigo – £48.00, 5kg Soapnuts + 10g Indigo – £78.00, 10kg Soapnuts + 25g Indigo – £150.00

14 reviews for Soapnuts For Planet Friendly Clothes and Dish Washing, Certified Organic in Eco Bags

  1. Sally Mittuch

    Thank you for your review Sylvia. If you live in a very hard water area, use the salt as normal, put 6 or so soapnuts in the dishwasher compartment, and add 2 tablespoons of citric acid. It works well for me (my water is classed as ‘very hard.’)

  2. Sylvia Jackson (verified owner)

    Excellent all round versatile product although I have yet to convince my dishwasher. I have yet to try it for hair washing; other than that I use it for laundry and all cleaning tasks. Love it.

  3. Janet B.

    Using Soapnuts and Indigo for our laundry have been fab and I’ve been very pleased with the results. I haven’t had a go at making a washing liquid yet so I’ve still got a little bit of experimenting to do.

  4. Shirley

    I LOVE Sally’s products! I wanted to try to move away from the chemicals that were so overpowering that I knew they must be doing us some harm. So happy. The Soap nuts are amazing. Clean clothes and so simple to use. Used them for cleaning too. The scrubbie is very effective. So much helpful and interesting info on the site too.
    Very pleased. Thank you

  5. Pip

    NSS soap nuts are consistently good quality. The nuts are in good condition, a good colour and work well. I find the area I live in has hard water so I tend to use 5-6 and as I frequently use a 60° wash I generally use this quantity twice. I then save up the used nuts and make up a cleaning liquid to which I add an essential oil like lavender or geranium. I really love the practical information from Sally on “how to..” I am really happy to have found this planet/people friendly business and look forward to trying out some of the other products.

  6. Katie L (verified owner)

    Soapnuts are amazing! I was debating spending £9 on a 500g bag of these for ages, and then estimated the number of washes we would get (over 180 washes) and though right im just gonna give it a go. Wow…these are still going strong, absolutely worth spending that bit extra all in one than buying awful chemicals. Its even a shame to put them in the bin so they go straight onto the garden. They wash clothes so well and I add a bit of essential oil and our clothes smell amazing and feel lovely and soft. Havent used them for anything else other than washing machine due to cost so I try use eco dish soap etc too. Dont think I will ever be washing my clothes with anything else again. Im a student and these are not only natural but save so much money so give some to your friends to try out! 🙂

  7. Kerrie-pops (verified owner)

    Just about to buy my second bag of soapnuts, a bigger bag this time.
    Love this for hand wash and washing clothes.

  8. Yvonne (verified owner)

    I’ve been using these soap nuts for about a year now and I love them. I have two young children and find they clean their grubby clothes no problem. For really stubborn stains I just use an Eco stain remover on the area pre wash. I sometime like to use different essential oils in the softener compartment, in particular Lavender for bedding and Grapefruit for clothes. One gets so used to clothes just smelling of fresh air, it’s how it should be. When I now smell clothes washed in leading brands of fabric detergents I find it so overpowering and unpleasant. My children used to often get patches of dry skin but not since I’ve been using soap nuts. Great on your skin and even better on the wallet. Will never use anything other than soap nuts and rave about them to my friends. Soap nuts are my best friend x

  9. Sue (verified owner)

    I just want to say thank you for the last 2 orders you have sent me. I just love the soap nuts. I have been looking for something natural for the laundry for a long time as all the washing powders and conditioners make my skin itch. I have used just soapnuts for over a month now (no conditioner as its not needed) and have had no itchy skin. The washing comes out lovely and the ironing is easier. It also works out a lot cheaper as they last such a long time. I use them for 5 washes.

  10. Karan

    I’ve been using soap nuts for clothes washing for a year now. They’re wonderful, very economical and after use go in the compost bin. There’s no need to use fabric softener, the clothes seem fresher and softer. Just some pre-treatment for stubborn stains. Must try out hemp soap pre-soak that Mag’s talk about above.

  11. Katy

    Soapnuts are incredible. I use them to wash all my clothes and they leave the most amazing clean ‘nothing’ smell if that makes sense! They are brilliant for washing delicates such as wool or silk as they will not damage the fabric. I also use them for washing dishes as they do not irritate the skin on my hands. They are great to use for many household cleaning tasks. I just put a few in a jug with some hot water and use as and when. I love that they are completely natural and biodegradable. I will just throw them in the garden when used. Everyone should try these as they are a little miracle from nature.

  12. Mags

    I’ve been using soap nuts now for well over a year for laundry – AND I LOVE THEM! The clothes smell fresh – no chemical/ammonia smells – just lovely. The clothes are also softer and feel great against the skin. I’ve got sensitive skin and I can confirm that I suffered from no irritation after washing my clothes with soap nuts.

    The soap nuts get rid of most grime and all smells. For stubborn stains I dab the area with hemp soap and lo and behold the stain is gone. The only tough stain that put up any resistance was tea – but after 2 treatments with hemp soap and 2 washes with soap nuts, the stain was gone.

    The other bonus is you can wash laundry using soap nuts at any temperature. The soaps nuts are good for 2/3 washes at 90 degrees, and up to 6 washes at 40 degrees (we live in a soft water area).

    Thank you for revolutionising the way I wash my clothes!


  13. Lakshmi (verified owner)

    Earlier this year, Sally had asked how my father washed his hair with soapnuts in India and out of curiosity I decided to try the cold infusion method for myself. I was not disappointed! I was left with really clean, soft hair and didn’t need any conditioner!

  14. Marj Ashton (verified owner)

    Soap nuts are my life, now I have read what you can do with them on this website its all true. I have rid my home of all chemicals.

  15. Smartiepatch

    Fabulous product. Washes really well at low temperatures. Stains like blood or grass sometimes need a little pre-treatment but otherwise the soapnuts are surprisingly effective. They also work out much cheaper than a powder. I would never go back!

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