Soapnut shells, Soapnut powder, soapnut recipes and much more

Soapnut shells, Soapnut powder, soapnut recipes and much more from Living Naturally Limited

By: Living Naturally Limited  02/03/2011
Keywords: domestic cleaners, Environmentally Friendly Cleaning, Green Cleaning

Soapnuts are known worldwide by many names such as soapberry, Reetha (Hindi), Chinese soapberry and many more. Very simply, soapnuts are the dried shells or husks from the soapberry tree.

Based upon its high amount of 'soap' content ( 12 - 18% ) and consistency, the highest quality soapnut is Sapindus Mukorossi, which grows primarily in northern India and Nepal.The soapnut tree grows uncultivated in poor quality ground and helps fights erosion, particularly in the Himalayan foothills. It also provides needed income to the local population. It is a relatively hardy tree being resistant to diseases and insects (due to the high amounts of saponin which are a natural pest and insect repellent for the tree - and us as well!). The tree grows to 10 to 20 meters in height and begins flowering and bearing fruit after about 9 years. The tree has great longevity and will produce fruit (soap nuts) for about 90 years.

The saponin contained in these soapnuts which produces a soaping effect, is a 100% natural alternative to chemical laundry detergent and cleansers. It can replace many chemical detergents such as those containing sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) that are becoming well known by consumers for being a skin irritant and health hazard. The detergent which goes out as waste also has the antimicrobial properties which causes cleaning of the drainage and sewer system and thus becomes eco-friendly.

Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. It will leave your laundry fresh and clean and compared to other detergents, its mildness will keep colours bright, maintaining fabric structure of your clothes for longer periods. It can be used on all fabrics and at all temperatures.

These little shells are good for the environment, good for you and good for the families that harvest it...and we have gone completely nuts for these things!

Keywords: domestic cleaners, eco washing detergent, Environmentally Friendly Cleaning, Green Cleaning, Soap Nuts,

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