Organic Soap Berries
Used for centuries in India, soap berries are highly-effective and gentle at the same time and are used as a 100% natural alternative to chemical laundry detergent and cleaners. In contact with water, it creates mild soap suds and its mildness will keep colours bright and maintain the fabric structure of clothes for a longer period. Soap berries or soap nuts, are hypoallergenic, naturally antibacterial and anti fungal and very gentle on the skin. Soap berries have numerous fields of application; they can be used for cleaning basically anything. Whether used as a liquid soap, shampoo or as a household cleaner, soap berries are always the better alternative to toxic cleaning products. Try them now at Kaarigar Handicrafts and do some good for yourself and the planet."
Each bags is 250 grams.
Following are a few of the many uses of the Soap Berries:
DISH WASHING LIQUID
Use soap nut liquid for washing your glasses, dishes, cutlery and pans as usual. Don’t be deceived by the lack of bubbles on the effectiveness of the cleaning. There are no artificial foaming agents so there will be very few if any lasting bubbles. Alternatively, just put 3 shells in the bottom of the cutlery holder and some vinegar in the rinse aid dispenser and your dishes will come out sparkling clean. (for more info see soap nut liquid making instructions below)
CLEANING & DETOXIFYING FOOD
Soak your fruit and vegetables for approximately 10-15 minutes in the soap nut liquid. Rinse off and enjoy this food free from harmful chemicals and residue. This soap nut solution can then be reused for household cleaning
Soap nuts are commonly used in Indian households for cleaning and shining jewelry. Jewelry is soaked in soap nut liquid and then rubbed with a cloth to give it a shine.
Using soap nuts is an effective and natural alternative to repel insects off your plants and around the house. This easily replaces chemicals. This is a great use for left over soap nut liquid from washing or laundry.
Simply use soap nut liquid in place of your regular shampoo! Since soapnut liquid does not foam like regular shampoo its easy to use to much liquid. If you find your hair is feeling dry or greasy you probably used to much. For best results reuse a shampoo bottle with a pump to help determine how much you need. It will naturally help prevent dandruff and keep your hair soft and strong. When using to treat dandruff apply the liquid soap nut on your scalp and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Make sure the liquid does not get into the eye as it will burn. Rinse hair with water. Also works well as a body wash!
SOAP NUT LIQUID (aka soap nut juice)
Add about 100g (about 2 handfuls) of Soap Nut Shells to approximately 12 cups (3L) of water. Crush the shells into smaller pieces before adding. Bring to boil, and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. The boiling process extracts the saponin from the nut shells and combines with the water. You can use the liquid immediately, or let it steep overnight. Strain into appropriate container and compost the remaining shells. You now have a concentrated, chemical free detergent that can then be used as a laundry detergent, shampoo, all purpose cleaner, car wash, liquid soap, pet shampoo, washing up liquid or any other things you would normally clean with a liquid. Experiment with longer boil times and water to shell ratios for stronger and weaker concentrations.