Ecoideas Himalayan Soapnuts

    Description & Features

Himalayan Soapnuts™ are the fruit of the Ritha tree, also known as the Soapnut tree, or Soapberry tree. Soapnuts get their name due to their ability to produce rich, cleansing suds. The hard, stone-like pit of the fruit is removed, and the fleshy part is dried in the sun.

For centuries, soapnuts have been used by people around the world to wash laundry and the finest textiles (wool, silk, cashmere…). Soapnuts can also be used to make cleaning solutions for washing dishes, floors, and hair!

  • Certified Organic
  • Completely safe to wash suds down the drain
  • 100% biodegradable
  • NO additives or preservatives: Phosphate & Petrochemical Free
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Dermatologist approved  
  • Septic and Grey water safe
  • Cotton bags included are also certified organic
  • Keeps laundry soft and preserves colours
  • Eco-friendly
  • No artificial fragrances
  • Not tested on animals
  • Can be used to wash silks and wools
  • When the nuts are left to dry after use, they can be used again!
Soapnuts’ Many Uses

Laundry: Place 6-8 soapnut-halves in the small cotton pouch included in the package of Himalayan Soapnuts™. Make sure to tie the drawstrings shut. Place the pouch of soapnuts in the washing machine with your laundry. For a scented wash, sprinkle a few drops of your favourite essential oil directly on the cotton pouch before tossing it in the washing machine. For heavily soiled or stained laundry, use the soapnuts in combination with non-toxic, bleach-free stain-removing salt (sodium percarbonate).

Dish Soap: Place a handful of soapnuts into a glass jar with a tight lid with 4 c. of water. Shake before each use. When you get bubbles, pour about 125 ml (½ cup) of the solution into your sink. Refill the jar with water. Use the solution until the soap nuts stop making suds or smell bad. Then throw them in the compost and start a new batch.

All Purpose Cleaner: Himalayan Soapnuts™ are excellent for washing dishes and cleaning. The soapnut suds are extremely gentle and softening on the skin, so there is no irritation or dryness experienced when washing dishes. Here’s how to make a Soapnut Solution: In a small/medium cooking pot with a lid, add some water, and cook a small handful of soapnuts for about five minutes. Cover the pot with a lid while cooking. After five minutes, remove the pot from heat and let cool. Remove the soapnut shells, and place in the compost. Experiment with the amount of soapnuts you cook each time to determine the strength of solution that bests suits your needs.

Hair Shampoo: By making a soapnut solution and placing it in a squeeze bottle, or a reusable shampoo bottle, you can use it as an everyday shampoo. It is wonderful for helping to get rid of dandruff or psoriasis. Try it for a body wash too!
Taking Care of Your Plants: A mild soapnut solution is wonderful for getting rid of common houseplant pests, and protecting the plants from possible ones. The mild suds deter any prospective pests due to the saponin content, which is repulsive to insects and pests. Simply make a mild solution and put into a spray bottle. Spray generously onto the foliage of your plants and the top of the soil.

Reusing Your Soapnuts: Once you have used the soapnuts in the laundry, remove them and let them dry completely. When they have dried, they are ready to be used again. After their second use, set them aside to dry. Try making a soapnut solution with them for all-purpose cleaning. When the soapnuts have been used to their full potential, throw them into the composter.

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to tell if it is doing its job I purchased this item based on the reviews provided- not sure what to say. The whites are not white, many stains left behind. I have a 3 year old and he tends to have accidents- i noticed that i put about 4 to 5 nuts in to the laundry and the smell of number 2 is slightly present when the laundry is completed. I have to re-wash. Do keep in mind that the accidents are rinsed and completely removed prior to going into a wash. I would love to say I like this product- but for the price and constant rewashing, I am wasting way more water than detergent. ;(
Date published: 2020-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The seeds are removed thankfully I have used Ritha (soapnuts) since years and always found whole nuts with the useless seeds. I am so pleasantly surprised to find that in this product, the seeds have been removed, so effectively the number of soap shells is much higher by weight. I use it as shampoo (1 single soapnut as I have short hair). For laundry (2-3 shells in the pouch given + few drops of regular laundry detergent). Clothes smell fresh so next time I might be able to buy fragrance free laundry detergent to make a safer wash.
Date published: 2021-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great wash I bought this to wash my family's laundry. It cleans well. Ordourless. I also use it to make shampoo. Its environmentally friendly and biodegradable.
Date published: 2020-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend giving them a chance I made dish soap with them. I love it! There’s so many cool uses for these little nuts
Date published: 2021-06-21
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