100% ecological alternative universal detergent
Soapnuts have been successfully used in India and Nepal as detergent for over hundreds of years.
The 15 m high soapnut tree (botanical name Sapindus Mukorossi Gaertn) was originally indigeous to the South of India. In the nineteenth century the tree was introduced in the Mediterranean and the U.S., with a current worldwide distribution.
A tree bears its first fruit after 10 years and can then be harvested for over 90 years long. An essential aspect in the ecology is that the plant does not exhaust the soil, so artificial fertilization is not necessary.
The husk of the nut contains 15% Saponin, a sticky substance that the plant uses as repellent against bacteria and fungi and which has a strong washing power. When the husks come in contact with hot water, the natural soap (saponin) creates a mild detergent solution.
Soapnuts can easily withstand comparison with chemical detergents.
Here the same benefits at a glance:
- Washing power is comparable to chemical detergent
- Fabric softener are not necessary
- Easy to use and versatile
- Jeans and coloured textiles retain their colour longer
- Much cheaper than chemical detergents
- 100% vegetable, completely biodegradable and environmentally friendly, spend husks can be composted
- Neutral odour
- Antibacterial but kind to the sensitive skin, ideal for people with allergies and skin problems
- Sustainable growing commodity
Making an extract
Bring 1 liter of water to boil and add 10 husks.
Gently simmer for a few minutes and let cool. Let the mixture soak overnight then you throw the husks on the compost heap.
You now have a detergent for several uses:
Effective against dandruff and gives hair vitality, especially for people with sensitive scalp.
- Animal Shampoo
Wash your pet with a soap nut extract.
- All use Cleaner
- Liquid (hand) soap
A highly concentrated soap nut extract is a perfect soap.
Washing machine liquid detergent for low temperatures
Use concentrated soap nut extract liquid as a detergent for washing at low temperatures.
Use for handwashing clothes
- Gold and silver jewelry cleaner
2.3 husks in 100-150 ml of boiling water and leave half an hour. Soak the jewelry in this hot soap-nut extract and use a soft brush (eg an old, soft toothbrush) to clean.
Spray the soap nut extract on the infested plants as pesticide.
- Dishwashing liquid
The Soapnuts give the dishes a nice sheen.