- What is a SoapNut?
- Is every SoapNut the same?
- What species of SoapNuts do you sell?
- Are the SoapNuts whole or just the shells?
- How do SoapNuts clean my clothes?
- Are SoapNuts an additive to my regular laundry detergent?
- Do SoapNuts clean as well as chemical detergents?
- The SoapNuts are really sticky. What does this mean?
- Will SoapNuts work in cold water?
- Are SoapNuts good at getting rid of stains on my clothing?
- Can I use SoapNuts in my front loader washing machine?
- Can I use SoapNuts to safely and effectively wash cloth nappies?
- There are no bubbles during the wash cycle. What's wrong?
- Are SoapNuts safe for those with nut allergies?
- Are SoapNuts safe for those with sensitive skin or skin disorders?
- Do SoapNuts come in different fragrances?
- Will my sheets and towels feel soft when I use Sindhiya SoapNuts?
- Do I have to remove the SoapNuts from the washing machine before the rinse cycle?
- I have very sensitive skin and most detergents give me a rash. Can I use SoapNut detergent?
- How many SoapNuts are required per wash?
- SoapNuts smell a little like vinegar, will my clothes smell like this?
- Are SoapNuts safe to use on my delicate clothes?
- Are SoapNuts able to maintain the brightness and whiteness of my clothes?
- Can I re-use SoapNuts?
- There are not that many visible suds, is that a problem?
- Does it matter that the SoapNuts are in pieces and not as a whole?
- What should we do with the SoapNuts once they have been used?
- Do SoapNuts have a shelf life?
- Why do people claim that SoapNuts are water and energy saving?
- Can I use SoapNuts in a front loading washing machine?
- Do I have to use a washbag?
- Where do your SoapNuts come from?
- Have your SoapNuts undergone any chemical treatment or fumigation?
- If I plant a SoapNut will it grow?
SoapNuts are actually berries from the Soap Berry Tree (Sapindus mukorossi). They are not a nut! These berries grow on trees, ripen and drop to the ground where they are collected and then dried naturally in the sun. They contain saponin, Mother Nature’s soap! This natural soap is released from the SoapNut when agitated in water.
No. There are different species of SoapNut trees (Sapindus mukorossi and Sapindus trifoliatus are the most commonly known). We provide only the best quality SoapNuts; Sapindus mukorossi. These SoapNuts are the largest of all varieties and have the highest saponin content, so you can use them longer and for a more effective clean.
We sell Sapindus mukorossi SoapNuts.
Sindhiya SoapNuts are the shells. They have been hand sorted, so they come to you seedless. It is the shells that contain the necessary saponin, so the seeds are not required
SoapNuts contain a 100% natural chemical called saponin. Saponin is a natural soap substance which is released from the SoapNut when it is agitated in water. When released, the saponin acts as a water surfactant, freeing dirt and grime from your washing.
No. There is no need to add any laundry detergent. SoapNuts are your 100% Natural washing and cleaning product....toxin free!
SoapNuts are 100% Natural cleaning power. They contain no chemicals nor toxins. While they may not pretend to get whites whiter or colors brighter, SoapNuts will definitely leave your clothes clean, fresh and lasting longer and at the same time make the planet stronger and keep you and your family healthier.
SoapNuts absorb moisture very easily and will become dark and sticky if left exposed to air, or in hot and humid weather. This is due to the saponin slowly being released. Sticky SoapNuts will still wash and clean as normal. To avoid having to pull apart sticky SoapNuts, it is best to store them in a sealed container in a cool dry place.
Yes. The saponin is released more slowly in cold water, allowing for more wash loads and at the same time saving water and saving you money. More saponin is released in warm or hot water washes, so this is best used for heavily soiled washing.
SoapNuts do not have any added chemical whiteners or enzymes to act on stains (and also potentially damage not only the fabric of your clothing, but also your skin). Stubborn stains can be treated prior to washing with SoapNuts. See our SoapNuts Tips and Tricks page for some green cleaning ideas.
Yes, they are low sudsing, so they are perfect for front loaders. Some front loaders only use a very small amount of water, so using the SoapNuts in the wash bag provided may not be the most effective method. Instead, use 4 tablespoons (20 mls) of the SoapNuts liquid in the drawer.
Yes! SoapNuts are the best choice for washing cloth nappies. They effectively eliminate all lingering odours and due to their antibacterial qualities, leave the nappies cleaner and safer for your baby. They will clean nappies of all residue from chemical detergents that can potentially harm your babies sensitive skin, leaving them more absorbent and softer than ever before.
There is nothing wrong! SoapNuts are a natural, low sudsing cleaner. There are no added fillers, dyes or chemicals to create bubbles in the wash. Bubbles don’t clean your clothes, 100% Natural SoapNuts do!
Absolutely! SoapNuts are actually berries from the Soap Berry Tree (Sapindus mukorossi). They are not a nut!
Yes! SoapNuts are 100% natural and hypoallergenic. They do not contain added chemicals nor fragrances which often irritate people with skin sensitivities. Some people have seen their eczema and psoriasis clear up as a result of using SoapNuts. SoapNuts are the perfect choice for those with sensitive skin.
No. SoapNuts are 100% natural so there are no added fragrances. SoapNuts have a distinct smell like apple cider vinegar in their natural state. However, once you wash your clothes, they will be fragrance free. If you want scented laundry see our SoapNuts Tips and Tricks page.
YES!.100% Natural SoapNuts will leave your washing feeling softer than ever before. Chemical detergents leave a residue on your clothes that make them feel stiff or hard, and your towels become less absorbent. SoapNuts rinse clean and leave your towels feeling soft and more absorbent without the need for toxic fabric softeners
No. You don’t need to do a rinse cycle as there is no residue to rinse out. See our SoapNuts Tips and Tricks page for further information.
Definitely! SoapNuts are hypoallergenic and with no added nasties, they are perfect for people with sensitive skin.
Approximately 4-6 whole SoapNuts (sml handful of broken pieces) placed into the small drawstring bag will be sufficient for between 4-6 loads of washing. This depends on the temperature of the water you use and how soiled your wash load is. Cold water allows for more wash loads, but if you’ve got a heavily soiled wash to do, take a look at our SoapNuts Tips and Tricks page.
No, Sindhiya SoapNuts will leave your clothes clean and fresh with no scent. If you like scented laundry, add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil to the washbag. Have a look at our SoapNuts Tips and Tricks page for more information.
Yes, they are suitable for washing the most delicate of fabrics such as wool and silk. Its gentleness maintains the fabric structure of the material and it doesn't leave a build up of residue on fabrics.
Colours will be brighter because SoapNuts contain no bleach. SoapNuts don’t pretend to make your whites whiter and naturally, whites may experience some greying over time. We recommend washing whites and colours separately. For more hints on how to get the best results for your washing, have a look at our SoapNuts Tips and Tricks page.
Reuse SoapNuts 4-6x in the washing machine and then dispose of them in your compost bin. You will find that you will get more washes when using cold water. Hot water washes (up to 40 degrees) release more saponin and the wash bag will need to be reloaded with fresh SoapNuts more often. I find that I get 2-3 wash loads when using warm water. The SoapNuts look shiny and fleshy when they have released their saponin. See our SoapNuts Tips and Tricks page for more uses of used SoapNuts before you dispose of them
No. Your cleaning will be just as effective without the presence of suds. There are no potentially harmful foaming agents or chemicals added to 100% Natural Sindhiya SoapNuts. It’s the saponin that does the cleaning, not the bubbles!
No. Actually, it is better if the SoapNuts are in smaller pieces. (HINT: some people crush the SoapNut shells into smaller pieces so that the surface area in contact with the water increases, thus allowing for easier release of the saponin).
Put them in your compost bin, worm farm or simply scatter over your garden bed. They are 100% biodegradable and great for your garden! You can also place them in your green bin, but why not get the use out of them if you can?! See our SoapNuts Tips and Tricks page for more uses of used SoapNuts before you dispose of them.
No. In humid conditions SoapNuts absorb moisture and become sticky. If this happens it won't affect the SoapNut’s cleaning capabilities, they will still wash brilliantly. We recommend you store your SoapNuts in an airtight container to prevent getting sticky nuts.
Commercial detergents need to be rinsed out of the clothes completely as they leave a soapy residue. Since SoapNuts are a 100% natural product with no soapy residue, you can reduce the machine rinse cycles, hence saving valuable electricity and water. Also, the used water is great for your garden, so you can reuse it – great during times of water restrictions...in fact, great all the time!
Yes. SoapNuts produce low suds and are suitable to use in all washing machines. Some front loaders, however, only use a very small amount of water, so using the SoapNuts in the wash bag provided may not be the most effective method. Instead, use 4 tablespoons (20 mls) of the SoapNuts liquid in the drawer.
Drawstring cotton washbags are provided with every prepack purchase of Sindhiya SoapNuts.. You can also use a sock, a handkerchief, or a delicates washbag to hold your SoapNuts in if you choose. Just be sure to tie them off securely (see our SoapNuts Tips and Tricks page) as although the SoapNuts do not do any damage to your washing if they come loose, it just means you will have to spend a little extra time collecting them from the bottom of your machine.
We collect our SoapNuts from Northern Pakistan. Our SoapNuts grow wild around villages of the Himalayan range. This means at harvest time any villager may collect SoapNuts and receive an income for them. This also reduces the number of trees chopped down for firewood as a commodity. We believe this is more beneficial for the local people and the environment than buying from any farmed sources.
As part of the AQIS requirements for entry into Australia the dunnage (outer packaging and pallets) are required to be treated through one of many treatment options before they are cleared to enter Australia. This can occur either before being shipped in their source country or once they arrive in Australia. Sindhiya SoapNuts are packed in sealed packaging which is then packed in sealed boxes. The heat treatment process leaves no residue and does not come into contact with the actual SoapNuts themselves.
7. Containers, timber packing, pallets or dunnage associated with the consignment will be subject to inspection and treatment on arrival, unless certified as having been treated by an AQIS approved method. (Refer to the AQIS publication ‘Cargo Containers: Quarantine aspects and procedures’).
Source: Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
No, the SoapNut used for washing is the berry casing, which has been dried and deseeded. If by chance you find a seed (it is small, black and hard) still attached to the berry in your bag of SoapNuts, please return it to us as we are dedicated to preserving our native vegetation.
It’s unlikely that the seed would germinate if planted, but we don’t want to take any chances with our natural environment. It is prohibited in Australia to grow Sapindus mukorossi trees, so if a seed happens to slip through the stringent quality control system that has been set up, please return it to us (together with a copy of your invoice) and we will send you a free pack of Sindhiya SoapNuts.
For further information, please read the following from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service;
End use: Seeds for sowing
Table 2: List of Prohibited Species. These species have been assessed as posing a high risk of becoming weeds in Australia and are prohibited entry by legislation.
Source: Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
End use: Nursery stock
"Table 2: List of Prohibited Species. These species have been assessed as posing a high risk of becoming weeds in Australia and are prohibited entry by legislation.