Soap Berries for Laundry: Truly Natural Clean
Nature’s Magical Soap Berries
$4.95 – $29.95
What are soap berries?
Sapindus mukorossi is a species of tree in the Sapindaceae family. The whole key is that the family of sapindus plants produce fruits containing saponins (natural surfactants / i.e., soap) in high enough concentrations that they are being recognized as a marketable commodity of significant value. Many plants contain saponin (such as agave, yucca, soapwort, etc.), but only soapberries contain enough of the precious saponins to make them a practical, sustainable, and economically viable source of it.
How do soap berries work?
The sun-dried berries used for detergent contains saponin, which works as a natural surfactant. Surfactants reduce the surface tension of the water, essentially making it wetter and easier to penetrate into soiled fabrics. This combined with the agitation of your machine or handwashing removes the dirt or particles, then keeps them away from your clothing until rinsing occurs.
Most commercial detergents contain chemical surfactants, some of which (such as 1,2-Dioxane) have been shown to be carcinogenic and volatile. But soap berries are all-natural and have been used for centuries around the world.
It’s the combination of the tree’s prolific fruit bearing capacity, and its hardy nature that make annual harvesting possible. One tree can produce 60 – 80 pounds of fruit per year. Other known saponin producing plants don’t produce enough saponin to make them viable or sustainable as a resource.
Soap Berries, 1 Cotton Muslin Bag
|How to Use|
Depending upon your personal efforts and your variables at home you may get more or less to start. It’s a great benchmark and reasonable expectation to begin with.
Used traditionally (the wash bag method), a half-ounce (around five average sized, de-seeded, mukorossi soap nuts) is the normal amount you should use. That will typically wash 5-7 loads with good results. We advertise 5 loads to be conservative. Using 5 soap nuts per wash bag, and 5 washes per bag, it’s a safe bet that you’ll be pleased with the results from every wash. If you get more – great! With experience most learn to extend the effectiveness of the soap berries.
If you cut back on how many berries used, or if you use the berries for too many washes, their effectiveness will decline. In either case, the amount of saponin released decreases.
USDA Certified Organic Soap Berries (Sapindus mukorossi)
For External Use Only. Do not ingest.