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What are soap nuts?

Why not traditional laundry detergents and products?

What are the health effects of traditional laundry products?

Why shouldn't I use fabric softeners and dryer sheets?

Are soap nuts safe for animals?

Will soap nuts soften my laundry?

Why don't I see suds?

Are Yoreganics soap nuts deseeded?

Do they have a scent?

Do I have to pre-treat stains?

Are soap nuts OK for those with allergies, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or MCS?

Can I use them with my HE high efficiency washing machine?

Can I hand wash my clothes using soap nuts?

Can I use them for delicates like silk, wool and cashmere?

Can I use soap nuts for cloth diapers?

What should I do about detergent build up?

What should I do when I switch over to soap nuts after a traditional detergent?

My skin is breaking out, what could it be?

What are the washing directions for warm/hot/cold water temperatures?

Do I leave the soap nuts in during the rinse cycle?

What happens if I forget to remove the bag before the dryer?

When do I replace the soap nuts?

How many times can you use soap nuts?

Can they be used in hard, well water and septic systems?

How do I make a soap nut liquid?

What other uses are there for soap nuts?

Are there different types and colors of soap nuts?

**Are soap nuts from a tree or shrub?

Do you have testimonials of those who've used soap nuts?

What are soap nuts?

Soap nuts (aka soap berries, wash berries, wash nuts, reetha, ritha, aritha) are dried fruit berries that fall from the soapberry tree (Sapindus Mukorossi) found in the Himalayan Mountains of northern India and Nepal. Their outer shells contain saponin, which creates a natural soap when agitated in water -

use them in place of traditional detergents and fabric softeners. They effectively clean, soften and remove odors from your laundry - naturally! Soap nuts have been used for centuries as a cleaner and in Ayurvedic medicine as a natural remedy for eczema and psoriasis.

Soap nuts are PERFECT FOR:

  • Soft, hard and well water
  • Delicates: silk, wool and cashmere
  • Military use - no optical brighteners
  • Travel and camping: no heavy liquids to lug
  • Septic and grey water systems - antimicrobial
  • Cloth diapers/pads: remove odors without residue buildup
  • Babies, pets, sensitive skin: gentle, soothing & chemical free
  • Standard and high efficiency washing machines- low sudsing
  • Soothing eczema, psoriasis & allergies - they're a fruit, not a nut!

Why not traditional laundry detergents and products?

TOXIC INGREDIENTS in traditional detergents, stain removers, chlorine bleach fabric softeners & dryer sheets including; 1,4 Dioxane, Ammonia, Artificial dyes & fragrances, Benzene, Benzyl acetate, Chlorine, DEA, EDTA, Formaldehyde, Hydrochloric Acid, LAS, NPE, NTA, Petroleum distillates (napthas), Phenols, Phosphates, propylene glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Optical Brighteners, Phthalates, Zenoestrogens.

What are the health effects of traditional laundry products?

HEALTH EFFECTS from traditional laundry detergents, stain removers, fabric softeners and dryer sheets range from: asthma, allergies, cancer, death, endocrine disruptor, immune system disorders, lung damage, lung inflammation, damage to mucous membranes, central nervous system, heart, blood vessels, lungs and kidneys, reproductive disorders, central nervous system disorders, headaches, and loss of muscle coordination; liver or kidney damage, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, irritate mucous membranes and impair respiratory function, cause allergic reactions, rashes, and act as eczema triggers.

Why shouldn't I use fabric softeners and dryer sheets?

They coat individual fibers with a waxy residue substance which repels water, and keeps the fibers from absorbing wetness. They are designed to stay in your clothes for extended periods of time. These unnecessary chemicals & synthetic fragrances seep out gradually and can be inhaled or absorbed directly through the skin. They trigger asthma, allergies and contain phthalates (hormone disruptors & other carcinogens), The detergent companies add neurostimulant irritants and central nervous system toxins which produce an addictive-type response that may cause the user to experience a feeling of pleasure when the product is directly inhaled. This is why so many people are actually "addicted" to the scent, and they'll keep wanting more and more and they don't feel "clean" unless they smell this scent. It's considered the "nicotine of laundry"! Check out www.TheDirtOnLaundry.com for more info.

Are soap nuts safe for animals?

Absolutely. Animals have extremely sensitive noses and very sensitive skin. We have many customers who use soap nuts to wash their pet beds because they naturally remove stinky odors AND there are no artificial fragrances!

Will soap nuts soften my laundry?

Yes. Soap nuts naturally soften your laundry. There is no need to use synthetic fabric softeners which are full of toxic chemicals which are dangerous to our health and the environment. Check out www.TheDirtOnLaundry.com for more information.

Why don't I see suds?

Soap nuts are naturally low sudsing. Most detergents on the market are formulated with extra fillers and synthetic foaming agents like SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate). We have been tricked into thinking, the more suds the cleaner the clothes. Mother Nature knows that they are not necessary! Saponin (natural surfactant/soap) from soap nuts is naturally low sudsing. So, let your clothes be the deciding factor, not the suds!

Are Yoreganics soap nuts deseeded?

Yes. Beware of paying for soap nuts with the seeds. You are paying for them by the weight. You don't want to pay for the seeds if they aren't helping wash your clothes! Not to mention, the seeds will leave dark spots on your clothes!

Do they have a scent?

Yes. Soap nuts have a slightly sweet vinegar aroma. When your clothes are wet, some may notice this aroma. However, once your laundry is dry, there will be no scent - just fresh and clean straight from Mother Nature!

This is a good thing though! If you want a slight aroma, you can add a couple drops of essential oils to a cotton cloth or wool dryer ball in the dryer. Otherwise, admit you have a problem, and drop the scent addiction!

DROP THE ADDICTION There is a powerful connection between scent, memory and emotions. Companies have pulled the wool sweater over our eyes - making us believe that clean should have a certain "fresh scent". They pack their laundry detergents, stain removers, fabric softeners and dryer sheets with these toxic filled artificial fragrances. Without this emotional aroma, consumers don't believe their laundry is clean. Many become addicted to the scent, constantly craving more and more, which is why it's referred to as the "Nicotine of Laundry". Don't be a scent addict. Drop the fabric softeners and dryer sheets along with the nasty side effects of these neurostimulant irritants, hormone disrupting phthalates and CNS (central nervous system disorder) toxins. NOTE: "Free and Clear" is free of dyes and fragrances, but not necessarily free of other toxic chemicals.

Check out www.TheDirtOnLaundry.com for more info.

Do I have to pre-treat stains?

Soap nuts will remove general dirt and odors. However, as with all detergents or natural laundry wash, you will want to pre-treat stains. Use YOREGANICS STAIN REMOVER for fresh stains or BRIGHTENS & WHITENS for stubborn, set-in stinks & stains, or as a laundry enhancer.

Are soap nuts OK for those with allergies, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or MCS?

Soap nuts are actually dried fruit berries, not nuts. So, if you are allergic to nuts, this does NOT mean you will be allergic to soap nuts. However, as with every product on the shelf, no one is guaranteed not to be allergic. They offer truly amazing results for those who suffer with severe skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities). Many sufferers are looking for hypoallergenic detergents but soap nuts are a perfect alternative instead.

Can I use them with my HE high efficiency washing machine?

Yes. In fact your machine will love it because soap nuts are naturally low sudsing. Of course, you can use them in a traditional standard top loading washing machine as well.

Can I hand wash my clothes using soap nuts?

Yes. Great for delicates too-silk, wool and cashmere. Place 3 soap nuts in wash bag, tie it closed and let soak in a jar of hot water (2-4 cups) for 5 minutes. Place lid on jar and shake the water & soap nuts to release more saponin (soap). This is the soap nut liquid or soap nut tea. Pour this soap nut tea into your wash basin (full of water and laundry/delicates), along with the bag of soap nuts & agitate or stir around with clothing for a few minutes. Once finished, rinse out laundry with water and hang to dry.

Can I use them for delicates like silk, wool and cashmere?

Absolutely! Soap nuts are safe on delicates and natural fibers like silk, wool, cashmere, hemp and bamboo

Can I use soap nuts for cloth diapers?

Yes. Soap nuts are great for cloth diapers. They remove the STINK without all of the unnecessary buildup

What should I do about detergent build up?

Before switching to a new laundry routine, it is nice to strip your clothing of the old detergent. This is an optional step, however those with skin disorders really benefit from this step. Soap residue build up can last up to 14x in your clothing even if you washed without adding any new detergent! That's a LOT of residue in your laundry. It is best to soak your clothing in Brightens & Whitens to remove that build up from previous detergent, or to start adding it as a laundry enhancer right away to prevent eczema flare ups or break outs.

What should I do about detergent build up?

Before switching to a new laundry routine, it is nice to strip your clothing of the old detergent. This is an optional step, however those with skin disorders really benefit from this step. Soap residue build up can last up to 14x in your clothing even if you washed without adding any new detergent! That's a LOT of residue in your laundry. It is best to soak your clothing in Brightens & Whitens to remove that build up from previous detergent, or to start adding it as a laundry enhancer right away to prevent eczema flare ups or break outs.

What should I do when I switch over to soap nuts after a traditional detergent?

Before switching to a new laundry routine, it is nice to strip your clothing of the old detergent. This is an optional step, however those with skin disorders really benefit from this step. Soap residue build up can last up to 14x in your clothing even if you washed without adding any new detergent! That's a LOT of residue in your laundry. It is best to soak your clothing in Brightens & Whitens to remove that build up from previous detergent, or to start adding it as a laundry enhancer right away to prevent eczema flare ups or break outs.

My skin is breaking out, what could it be?

A small percentage of people have noticed that there skin has been extra sensitive after they have used soap nuts. When you start washing your laundry with soapnuts, it opens up or unclogs the pores of the fibers in your clothing, therefore releasing more of the old harsh detergent. To prevent this, it is good to soak your clothes in Yoreganics Brightens & Whitens or at least add it as a laundry enhancer to aid in releasing all of the old detergent build up out of your laundry.

What are the washing directions for warm/hot/cold water temperatures?

WARM/HOT WATER: Place 5 soap nuts in the small reusable wash bag provided, tie it closed, and toss it into the drum of your washing machine with your laundry.

COLD WATER: *Optional step that many do not find necessary. Place wash bag of 5 soap nuts into a cup of warm/hot water for 3 minutes prior to tossing them, along with the water, into the drum of your washing machine with your laundry. The warmer the water, the more saponin that is released.

REMOVE bag and set aside for your next load before placing clothes in dryer or line drying. Some customers like to place the soap nuts in something that is easier to spot out of the washing machine - like a mesh delicates bag, an old nylon, or a long tube sock.

Do I leave the soap nuts in during the rinse cycle?


Yes. Your soap nuts stay in your machine for the entire time, including the rinse cycle-it'll add extra softness. Remember, soap nuts are naturally low sudsing so your laundry is not going to be full of excessive artificial soap like other detergents. You will be amazed how clean and soft your clothes will be!

What happens if I forget to remove the bag before the dryer?

If your wash bag of soap nuts accidentally get tossed in the dryer - don't worry, your laundry will be fine. The soap nuts will get warm and a little sticky inside the bag, but without the water and agitation - they are not going to "rewash" or leak onto your clothes.

When do I replace the soap nuts?


REPLACE the soap nuts when they become thin - the inner layer of saponin will be all used up (when the shell is dry it will look like a thin piece of vintage paper) Still not sure? When they are wet, you can squeeze them to see if the inner layer still has little bubbles/suds that come out. OR, place them in a jar with water and shake. If they create suds, use them again. If not, toss them in your compost or yard and let them biodegrade!

How many times can you use soap nuts?

AVERAGES 5 loads for 5 soap nuts in small wash bag. Dependent upon type and temp of water. Soft water yields more loads than hard; cold water yields more loads than hot.

Can they be used in hard, well water and septic systems?

Yes. HARD AND WELL WATER: OPTIONAL STEP: T o soften your water a little more, along with the benefits of a laundry enhancer, add Brightens & Whitens (B&W) to your load. Add 1 oz of dissolved B&W for HE machines and 2 oz for standard machines.

How do I make a soap nut liquid?

HOW TO MAKE SOAP NUT LIQUID OR SOAP NUT "TEA"

RATIO: Use 2 soap nuts per 1 cup of water

STORAGE: in an airtight jar with lid in a cool, dry place (refrigerate if possible)

SHELF LIFE: 2-3 days - there are no preservatives

QUICK TEA SOAP - no boiling required (5 minutes)

Place 4 soap nuts in a jar with 2 cups of hot water and let it soak for 5 minutes. Place lid on jar and shake the water with soap nuts for a few minutes to release more saponin, or soap. This is the less concentrated version of the soap nut liquid, but it is still effective for quick cleaning-great for jewelry, carpet shampoo cleaners, windows and mirrors.

CONCENTRATED TEA SOAP - boiling water (30-60 minutes)

Place 8 soap nuts in 4 cups of water (use wash bag or nylon if you don't want to strain the liquid soap from the soap nuts) , bring to a gentle boil for 10 minutes, and let simmer for aprox 30-60 minutes. Allow to cool (strain if necessary). For a more concentrated soap, you can increase the amount of soap nuts to water ratio. This soap nut tea will be golden yellow in color.

What other uses are there for soap nuts?

A CHEMICAL FREE & GREEN CLEAN!

You can use the quick tea or concentrated tea for any of these applications - just mix water with the soap nut tea and voila_ a chemical free & green clean! Healthy for people, pets and the planet! There are no "official" directions, so be creative and experiment to see what works best for you and your application.

SOAP NUT USES:

Directions: Mix 2 TBSP - 1/4 cup soap nut tea with water per application.

Jewelry - a sparkle without toxins!

Carpet shampoo cleaner - cleans, removes odors, leaves no residue!

General household - windows, countertops, sinks, toilets & more!

Car wash - give your car a green clean - leaves no toxic run off water!

Laundry - as a natural wash: hand washing or in washing machines

Camping - Don't pollute campgrounds. Take memories, leave footprints (& biodegradable soap nuts)!

Natural shampoo - people & pets. Will not lather like standard shampoos, however it cleans wonderfully!

And more! - Share your special soap nut recipes and uses with us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube!

Are there different types and colors of soap nuts?

Yes. Sapindus Mukorossi (the type Yoreganics uses) is the species with the highest level of saponin, or soap. There are also Sapindus Trifoliatus which are from South India or Pakistan. They are smaller and have less of a saponin content

**Are soap nuts from a tree or shrub?

A deciduous tree found wild in north India, usually with 5-10 pairs of leaves, solitary with large drupes. This tree belongs to the main plant order Sapindaceae and family Sapindeae. The species is widely grown in upper reaches of the Indo-Gangetic plains, Shivaliks and sub-Himalayan tracts at altitudes from 200m to 1500m. Also known as soap-nut tree, it is one of the most important trees of tropical and sub-tropical regions of Asia.

This tree flourishes in deep clayey loam soil and does best in areas experiencing nearly 150 to 200 cm (60 to 80 in) of annual rainfall. The trunk is straight and cylindrical, nearly 4 to 5 m (13 -16 ft) in height. The canopy comprising side branches and foliage constitutes an umbrella-like hemispherical top measuring about 5 m (16 ft) in diameter. The tree can reach a height of 25 m (82 ft) and a girth of 3 to 5 m (9-16 ft) in nearly 70 years of its existence. The wood is hard and light yellow in color. It is close-grained and compact weighing about 30 kg (66 lbs) per cubic foot. The wood is utilized for rural building construction, oil and sugar presses, and agricultural implements.



It flowers during summer. The flowers are small and greenish white, polygamous and mostly bisexual in terminal thyrses or compound cymose panicles. These are sub-sessile; numerous in number and at times occur in lose panicles at the end of branches. The fruit appears in July-August and ripens by November-December. These are solitary globose, round nuts 2 to 2.5 cm (1 in) diameter, fleshy, saponaceous and yellowish brown in color. The seed is enclosed in a black, smooth and hard globose endocarp. The fruit is collected during winter months for seed and/or market sales as "soap nut".

The Sapindus Mukorossi tree is one of several that bear fruits that are commonly referred to as soap nuts, of them the soapnuts from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree have the highest saponin content. Saponin is a natural detergent commonly used for cleaning among many other things. Soapnuts have been used medically as an expectorant, emetic, contraceptive, and for treatment of excessive salivation, epilepsy, psoriasis, head lice and migraines. Studies have shown that saponin from soap nuts inhibit tumor cell growth. Soap nuts are among the list of herbs and minerals in Ayurveda. They are a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic shampoos and cleansers. They are used in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for eczema and psoriasis. Soap nuts have gentle insecticidal properties and are traditionally used for removing lice from the scalp. Soapnuts have long been used in the Western world for soap production, usually together with many chemical additives which are not necessary for the actual washing process and are damaging to the user as well as our environment. Soapnuts have become a very popular environmentally friendly alternative to these manufactured chemical detergents.

The seeds tend to germinate easily. To ensure the best results for germination, the seed is soaked in warm water for at least 24 hours and then sown (some prefer to scarify the seed surface prior to soaking by filing, scraping or carefully striking), either directly in already prepared pits at 5m x 5m (16 ft 16 ft) spacing or sown in pots filled with clayey loam soil mixed with farmyard manure or similarly prepared nursery beds.

Sapindus is a genus of about five to twelve species of shrubs and small trees in the Lychee family, Sapindaceae, native to warm temperate to tropical regions in both the Old World and New World. The genus includes both deciduous and evergreen species. Members of the genus are commonly known as soapberries[3] or soapnuts because the fruit pulp is used to make soap. The generic name is derived from the Latin words saponis, meaning "soap," and indicus, meaning "of India."[4]

The leaves are alternate, 15-40 cm (5.9-16 in) long, pinnate, with 14-30 leaflets, the terminal leaflet often absent. The flowers form in large panicles, each flower small, creamy white. The fruit is a small leathery-skinned drupe 1-2 cm (0.39-0.79 in) in diameter, yellow ripening blackish, containing one to three seeds.

Do you have testimonials of those who've used soap nuts?

Of course and you can also check out our Facebook page under Reviews to see more testimonials.

TODDLER WITH ECZEMA - I went cold turkey on the chemicals for the laundry all at once and used only your products-Soap nuts, Stain Remover, Brightens & Whitens. In less than 2 weeks, my 20 month old had no eczema at all. His body was covered in red, unsightly bumps pretty much his whole life until 2 weeks ago! Michelle from Chicago, IL

CLOTH DIAPERS - I'm used to washing my clothing and diapers in "Free & Clear" or "Green" detergents because I thought that was the best you could buy - no fragrances, no dyes and I thought no other unnecessary chemicals! It turns out that many of these companies still use harsh chemicals and optical brighteners that are still harmful to my baby's delicate skin. Soap nuts remove odors and everything comes out fresh and clean. I will also mention that my diapers have extra absorbency since the chemical build up is gone! I have to say that I will NEVER go back to anything else for my diapers and our clothes since we've discovered soap nuts. They are AMAZING and I am hooked - wish I would've discovered them sooner! Jessica from Joliet, IL 

NO MORE STINKY BIKE SHORTS

My husband is an active cyclist and his biking shorts can stink something FIERCE. The other detergents just mask the smell with their fragrances. I couldn't believe the soap nuts actually removed this nasty odor! Stacy from Plainfield, IL

 
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