A washing detergent that grows on trees…literally – planetkind organic soapnuts are an environmentally friendly sustainably produced (naturally sundried), bio-degradable and compostable way of cleaning your laundry.
Grown wild in India, for centuries soapnuts (sapindus mukorossi) have been used for many purposes including removing tarnish from jewellery. They are most widely recognised as being an effective and environmentally friendly natural detergent however can be used for a whole host of other uses.
Soapnuts contain the active natural washing ingredient saponin. Similar to soap, when the shells of the soapnut come in contact with water the saponin is released and suds are produced – these are excellent for cleaning laundry and leaving it beautifully soft.
They are especially good for colours: because they don’t contain any whiteners or brightners your colours will stay coloured for longer. Just pop 6-8 shells into a cotton bag (provided) and place in your washing machine.
Clean, environmentally friendly laundry! 500g will give you aprrox 200 washes. Available in 500g bags.
Soapnuts for Cloth Nappies
Traditional detergents and softeners can have a detrimental effect on both the effectiveness of cloth nappies and on your baby’s skin.
Traditional fabric softeners work by leaving a thin film on fibres which can decrease absorption within cloth nappies (causing leakage) As nappies are so absorbent they are more prone than other fibres to a buildup of this residue.
Soapnuts clean using a plant-based saponin (surfactant) and while it is natural like a soap, acts similar to a detergent when it comes to laundry. This means there is little to no residue and can even remove residue buildup left by other products.
When you use soap nuts you don’t need softeners as the soapnuts gently loosen fibres during the washing and drying process. This together with any light residue of saponin left behind from washing have the combined effect of softening the laundry.
As they don’t contain any dyes,fragrances, enzymes or additives that can contribute to the deterioration or wear/tear on nappies they really are a nappy-friendly solution to washing and softening cloth nappies.
Chemicals found in many commercially-sold detergents can worsen conditions such as eczema and psoriasis in areas where the fabric comes into contact with your baby’s skin. Planetkind USDA certified organic soapnuts do not contain toxins that could harm your baby. You may notice that there are not a lot of suds produced compared to what you are used to – contrary to what we are led to believe, the amount of foam does not represent the cleaning power.