Soap Nuts Recipes

cleaning natural soap nuts

Soap Nuts. What are they? Are they a nut? If you're looking for an all purpose natural cleaner that's easy to make and use, soap nuts are your answer.

Soap nuts are 100% natural which are native to the Himalayas and has been used for centuries in India, China, and Nepal. Technically, they're not a nut, more of a berry the size of macadamias. They are commonly used as laundry detergents, placed in a cotton bag. But they are so much more!

They are 100%...

  • Pure and natural
  • Economical
  • Non allergenic (not a nut, really a berry)
  • Antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal
  • Biodegradable
  • Wild harvested (organic)
  • Beneficial to grey-water and septic systems
  • Not tested on animals
  • Easy to use and most importantly, effective


Laundry detergent
Place 4-7 half shells (or equivalent in pieces) in the washbag and place in washing machine. Wash as normal. Soapnut shells can be reused 3-4 times depending on temperature washed at (hotter washes have less rewashes). Then just put them in your compost.

Multi-purpose cleaner
Put a handful of soapnut shells to 500 mls hot water and boil for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool, strain and add liquid to empty spray bottle. This can be used to clean the house from top to bottom – including windows. You can add few drops of eucalyptus oil (optional). Dispose of shells in compost.

Jewellery Cleaner
Mix up a mild Soap Nut/water solution (3-4 soapnut shells with 1 litre hot water) and use to soak jewellery before rinsing, drying and polishing.

Place 3 Soap Nut shells and 500ml water. Simmer for 10 minutes and add cornflour/vegetable glycerin to thicken if desired as well as any essential oils to scent (Lavender is great). The handwash will not lather as you may be used to but it will clean your hands. PLEASE KEEP AWAY FROM THE EYES. Try using a Foaming Bottle for a great foaming effect.

In the garden
Mix up a Mild solution of Soap Nuts/water (3-4 Soap Nut shells with 1 litre hot water.) Spraying the mild solution on garden plants can help keep some parasites away.

Pet cleaner
Mix up a mild solution (3-4 Soap Nut shells with 1 litre hot water.) PLEASE KEEP AWAY FROM THE EYES (can also be useful for prevention of parasites).

Please note these recipes only last 1-2 weeks. To prolong it for a couple of months, you can add a natural preservative such as citric acid. Add 1/2 teaspoon of crystals per 500 ml of concentrate.

Let us know how you go! We have some soap nuts available for purchase in our store, also in a sample pack for you to try.

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