About Soapnuts - Sapindus Mukorossi Wild Harvested Soapberries
Soapberries, also known as soapnuts, are a natural choice for your laundry needs. Soapberries make for a simple transition to a healthier and greener way to get your laundry clean. These berries contain saponin, a naturally occurring surfactant that gets your laundry clean. No chemistry set required.
The reasons are many to make the switch. Allergies, sensitive skin, and a desire to reduce the chemicals released into our groundwater are just a few motivators to try out soapberries. They are highly effective and allow us to save our environment by avoiding harmful chemicals. Soapberries are a chemical, paraben, and fragrance free way to clean laundry. The soapberries from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree are the best known. There are other varieties out there, but the Sapindus Mukorossi soapberries contain the most consistent and effective saponin content.
SoBerry Clean Soapberries are wild harvested. This means that you can clean your laundry with a product that offers you the ability to clean your clothes with lowest impact on our Earth.
Using Soapberries is Easy
Place 4-5 soapberries in the provided muslin drawstring bag. It is not necessary to use “whole berries”- halves are fine. Tie the bag up and toss it into the washer. Wash your clothes as you always have. After the cycle, remove the bag. Soapberries can be used over and over, until they are all worn out (you will know, as they will be broken up, have lost their luster, and are paper-like). We recommend removing the little pieces as they develop and adding new soapberries, so that there are the equivalent of 4-5 in the bag at all times. We have found this is the most efficient way to use soapberries. The used soapberries are biodegradable and compostable. Soapberries can be used on your delicate silks as well!
The Science Behind the Soapberry
Saponins, the part of the soapberry cleaning your laundry, are released into the water as your washing machine agitates the water and clothing. To get laundry clean, you need to reduce the surface tension of water, so that it will move the dirt and grime out of your laundry. With soapberries, the saponins are a natural surfactant, working with the water to get the dirt and oil out of your clothes. A bonus of using soapberries is that it acts as a natural fabric softener, too.
Chemical Free Alternative
1,4-Dioxane is a carcinogenic substance that is found in most commercial laundry detergents. It is a by-product of the chemical soapmaking process, and therefore does not have to be listed as an ingredient. This is a problem, because many people are using these laundry detergents, having no idea that they contain a carcinogen.
From the 1,4-Dioxane Product Safety Watch website: "Environmental health consumer advocate David Steinman and the Organic Consumers Association (in cooperation with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Clean Water Action California) held a press conference in Anaheim, CA on March 12, 2010...Steinman revealed new test results from 20 laundry detergents, including 13 conventional mainstream brands and seven "natural" brands. The conventional brands had significantly higher levels of the contaminant (the highest were Tide with 55 ppm, Ivory Snow with 31 ppm, and Tide Free with 29 ppm)...Steinman also discussed the problem of 1,4-dioxane contamination of wastewater and groundwater resulting from the chemical in laundry detergents, and the challenges of removing the toxin from recycled water and keeping it out of drinking water."
For more information on this topic, please follow the links on our Soapberry Resources page.
Our mission is to make the world a cleaner place by offering our clients an eco-friendly way to get their laundry done.