Soap Nuts

Soapnuts: What are they?

Soapnuts replace your normal laundry detergent and can be used in any type of washing machine. Soapnuts are part of the lychee family, also known as Soap Berries. They have been used for 1000’s of years as a natural washing detergent. They are very, very economical, and completely chemical/cruelty-free and an environmentally-friendly choice.

Soapnuts are hypoallergenic and as they are a fruit, there is no need to worry for those with nut allergies.

All of our Soapnuts come from trees in Nepal, where they grow uncultivated in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Our prices

  • 1kg €16.80 - 240+ washes.
  • 500g €9.60 - 120+ washes.
  • 250g costs €5.40 - 60+ washes.
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How do you use Soapnuts?

Soapnuts are a non-toxic, allergy-free laundry detergent that save you money. You put between 3-5 berries into a little bag (depending on how hard your water is) in your washing machine drum to replace your detergent.

The soapnuts are activated in warm water and are a source of Saponin, a natural surfactant (soap) that cleans and freshens your clothes. Soapnuts are gentle on your clothes, colours stay brighter for longer, while effectively removing dirt, grime, and oils from clothing.

As soapnuts are gentle on both clothes and skin, it makes them ideal for those with sensitive skin, eczema, allergies, and psoriasis. They are perfect for baby clothes and even nappies. Research also indicates that Soap nuts have antibacterial properties. We recommend for heavier soiling to use a mixture of liquid soap wash with bicarbonate of soda and leave for 20 minutes before washing as normal.

Soapnuts may be re-used up to 10 times until the shells start to become soft and grey, and then they should be composted as they are completely biodegradable.

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Other uses:

Liquid soap

Place about 2 soapnuts in 1 cup of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of salt as a preservative. As an alternative, you can add a pinch of citric acid. Stir to dissolve. Allow to cool. Strain and store the soapnuts liquid in an airtight glass jar or an old hand dispenser container. Shake before use.


Use the prepared soapnut liquid to wash hair. Leave it on for 5 min and rinse with warm water.

Pet shampoo

Use the soapnut liquid as a shampoo for your pets. Its mildness is perfect for dogs with skin conditions.

Carpet or upholstery cleaner

Spray or sponge on any stains and blot clean.

Insecticide and insect repellent

A soapnut solution will deter pests from your plants, pets and yourself. A safe, natural, chemical-free, biodegradable insecticide.