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SoapNuts

SoapNuts

  1. What is a SoapNut?

    SoapNuts are actually not nuts. They are berries from the Chinese Soap Berry Tree (Sapindus Mukorossi). These berries grow on trees, and then are dried in the sun. There are no chemicals added. Soap nuts are then added to your laundry to be used instead of chemical laundry detergents.

  2. Is every soap nut the same?

    No, just like apples have different varieties like Granny Smith, Delicious etc, so do soapNuts. Sindhiya SoapNuts only sells Sapindus Mukorossi SoapNuts. These are the largest of all varieties of SoapNuts and also have the highest saponin content. Not only do we sell the best variety of SoapNuts but (best Himalayan SoapNuts) we searched the world over for the best quality Sapindus Mukorossi Soap Nuts available. Sindhiya SoapNuts are the finest gourmet SoapNuts money can buy, period.

  3. What species of soap nuts do you sell?

    We sell sapindus mukorossi soap nuts - the larger and more attractive of the soap nut species.

  4. Are the soap nuts whole or just the shells?

    Our soap nuts have been hand picked and sorted, so they come to you seedless. It is the shells that contain the necessary saponin, so the seeds are not of any worth.

  5. How do they clean my clothes?

    SoapNuts contain a Natural chemical called Saponin. Saponin is a natural soap and surfactant. It is hypoallergenic and totally eco friendly.

  6. Are soap nuts an additive to my regular laundry detergent?

    There is no need to add commercial detergent. Soap nuts do a wonderful job of washing. Others like to add powdered bleach (like Oxiclean) to help get whites really white or to combat stains.

  7. Do Soap Nuts clean as well as other chemical detergents?

    Absolutely, they clean every bit as good as whatever brand you were using before. You will save money and also risk FREE for your health or the environment.

  8. The soap nuts are really sticky. Is there something wrong?

    Soap nuts absorb moisture very easily, and will become dark and sticky if left exposed to air, or in hot and humid weather. Sticky soap nuts do not mean they have gone bad; they will still wash and clean as normal. Some people prefer stickier soap nuts because the saponins have started being released.

  9. Will soap nuts work in cold water?

    Yes, though the soap nuts are more effective in warm or hot washes. It is best to use the soap nuts liquid when doing cold water washes.

  10. Are soap nuts good at getting rid of stains on my clothing?

    Soap nuts do not have any added whiteners or enzymes to help with stains, so you will need to pretreat stubborn stains prior to washing. Use your favorite stain remover in conjunction with soap nuts laundry detergent.

  11. Are soap nuts safe to use in my HE or front load washer?

    Yes, they are low sudsing, so they are perfect for these types of washers. Put 4 or 5 soapnuts in the mini wash bag, tie it closed, and throw it into the drum of your machine. Use this bag for 4 or 5 loads of laundry. Or you can use 3Tbsp of liquid per large load of laundry in the detergent drawer.

  12. Can I use soap nuts to safely and effectively wash cloth diapers?

    Yes! Soap nuts are found to be the best detergent for washing cloth diapers. They effectively eliminate all lingering smells. They will 'strip' the cloth diapers of detergent build-up, increasing the diaper's absorbency!

  13. There are no bubbles during the wash cycle. What's wrong?

    There is nothing wrong! Soap nuts are a natural, low sudsing detergent. There are no added fillers, dyes or chemicals that would create bubbles in the wash. Even without tons of bubbles, the soap nuts will thoroughly wash all your articles of clothing.

  14. Are soap nuts safe for those with nut allergies?

    Absolutely! They are actually a fruit related to the lychee, so there is need to worry for those with nut allergies. However, if you are severely allergic to tree nuts, please test on your skin before using soapnuts.

  15. Are soap nuts safe for those with sensitive skin or skin disorders?

    Yes! Soap nuts are natural and hypoallergenic. They do not contain added chemicals or fragrance which often irritates people with skin sensitivities. Some people have seen their eczema and psoriasis clear up as a result of using them. Soap nuts are beneficial for both bathing and as a laundry detergent.

  16. Do soap nuts come in different fragrances?

    No. Soap nuts are natural so there are no added fragrances. Soap nuts have a distinct smell like apple cider vinegar. However, once you wash your clothes, they will be fragrance free. If you want scented laundry, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the cloth bag before washing. Try lavender, vanilla or citrus!

  17. Do Sindhiya SoapNuts work in hot, warm & cold water?

    Despite what you may have read elsewhere, Sindhiya SoapNuts work in all water temperatures. We recommend washing in cold water with our soap nuts, as cold water saves money and lowers your carbon footprint which helps our planet.

  18. Do I still use fabric softener to get my clothes soft?

    No, you never use fabric softener or dryer sheets with soap nuts. Chemical detergents such as Tide leave a residue in your clothes that makes your clothes feel stiff or hard. Soap nuts rinse clean and leave your clothes softer than ever without using toxic fabric softeners or dryer sheets. Your clothes will come out softer than ever. They will also be more absorbent than before because fabric softeners and dryer sheets leave a waxy coating on your clothes.

  19. Can I still use bleach and prespotters for tough stains?

    Yes. There is no detergent that can get out every stain, so continue to use bleach, or we recommend hydrogen peroxide and pres-potters for tough stains.

    There is a Natural solution "Clay" an other Eco Friendly product of Sindhiya Enterprise, 100% pure, Natural, Organic and safe. You canm use Sindhiya Clay for stains etc...

  20. Do I have to remove the soap nuts from the washer during the rinse cycle.

    No, but you can if you wish. Leaving them in will make your clothes feel even softer and fluffier. Removing them might give a few extra wash loads. see at uses of soapnuts and kinds of soapnuts for more information.

  21. Are soap nuts safe for new born babies clothes, diapers and blankets etc?

    Yes, soap nuts are not only safe for babies -- you should never expose a baby to toxic chemical laundry detergents, fabric softeners or dryer sheets. You should never use chemical detergents to wash anything that will even come near a baby. Soap Nut products can even be used by people with very sensitive skin. Even those who are allergic to products should be fine with Soap Nuts. In fact, chemical laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets are highly toxic and can cause all kinds of illnesses including cancer and sudden infant death syndrome. To verify this just Google "laundry detergent health hazards" or click on the health in the news button on this site.

    SoapNuts are made by Mother Nature they Grows on trees and 100% safe.

  22. I am allergic to nuts -- can I still use Soap Nut products?

    Yes you can. Soap nuts are actually not nuts; they are more like berries. They grow on the Soap Berry Tree and are sometimes call Soap Berries. Soap Nuts is just a nickname given by local people.

  23. I have very sensitive skin and most detergents give me a rash. Can I use Soap Nut detergent?

     You should have no problem. SoapNuts are hypoallergenic and didn't reported allergies. Many people with skin problems have reported that after using only SoapNuts their skin conditions have cleared up. Even people with psoriasis and eczema have reported improvements after using SoapNuts for just a few months.

    For more please read a successful history of Mrs.Docita from Canada in Testimonials section of this site.... click here

  24. In today's economy, I don't want to spend extra out of my family budget, even if Soap Nuts are superior in every way to toxic chemical detergents. How expensive are they?

    Soap nuts cost less than any of the national brands. The average price for any brand of chemical made getergent is over 20 cents per load. Plus with chemical detergent, they recommends using fabric softener or dryer sheets at an average cost of 5 cents a load for a total cost per load of over 25 cents. The cost of Sindhiya SoapNut products are about 10 cents a load even including delivery to your door. (All of manufacturers sells fabric softener and dryer sheets they would lose millions of dollars a year if they offered a detergent that didn't make your clothes feel stiff. It is very easy to make chemical detergents that don't require softeners or dryer sheets. We used to sell them back in the 1980s. Is it possible that they purposely adding ingredients to make your clothes feel stiff to force you to buy their fabric softener?

  25. You have mentioned toxic chemicals in chemical detergents, fabric softener or dryer sheets. What are some of the health hazards my family might incur if I continue to use them?

    Fragranced consumer products are not required to disclose all chemicals on the label or even material safety sheets, not even those that are classified as toxic or hazardous under federal laws. All they have to list is fragrance and they can put anything in your products. The list of diseases that the chemicals in your laundry products are known to cause include cancer, liver damage, headaches, nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, brain and lung edema, kidney failure, central nervous system depression, lung damage, Asthma, diarrhea, severe irritation of the skin, eyes, mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract infections, damage to the immune system, sudden infant death syndrome and many more. Google "laundry detergent health hazards". You will find many articles, including one by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) that verifies all the above and much more.

  26. What health hazards do I face using Soap Nuts products?

    None, they grow on trees and are totally green. They have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Some people use them to brush their teeth even though they don't taste good. Many people used them as shampoo, Bath soaps and multipurpose cleaner.

  27. Can I buy them in any local stores?

    Yes you can. We are just starting to get them in retail stores. Sindhiya SoapNuts are available Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, France, Ireland, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, UK (Scotland & Norwich).

    Very soon in Germany, Romania, KSA, UAE and Iran.

    Please click here to find retailers in Australia

  28. How many soapnuts are required per wash?

    It all depends on the size and quality of the soapnuts. But on average, around 4-8 shells are sufficient. If the water is soft, then even 3-4 shells will do the trick. A bit of trial and error will help you understand what best suits your washing conditions

  29. SoapNuts smell a little like vinegar, will my clothes smell like this?

    Your clothes will have no scent. If you like scented laundry add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil to the washbag. Try using lavender oil for sheets and pillowcases for a relaxing sleep, lemon oil for work clothes to make you feel fresh and sharp, and tea tree for cloth nappies for a little bit of extra antiseptic and antibacterial protection

  30. Are soapnuts safe to use on my delicate clothes?

    Yes, they are suitable for washing the most delicate of fabrics such as wool and silk. Its gentleness maintains the fabric structure of the material and it doesn't leave a build up of residue on fabrics.

  31. Are Soapnuts able to maintain the brightness and whiteness of my clothes?

    Colours will be brighter because SoapNuts contain no bleach. Whites will experience some greying over time. We recommend washing whites and colours separately. Add an eco friendly laundry bleach such as our pure oxygen whitening powder or 1/2 cup of lemon juice with your whites to keep them looking crisp and white.

  32. Can I re-use SoapNuts?

    Reuse shells 4-6x and dispose of in your compost bin. You will find that you will get more washes from doing cold washes than hot. Hot water washes (up to 40 degrees) release more saponin, I find I get 1-2 hot washes. The berries get very shiny and fleshy when they have done their dash.

  33. Are the Sindhiya SoapNuts fair traded?

    Yes, the Soapnut we are selling are fairly traded (the fair trade isn't certified). Our supplier is also involved in contract farming. It means that they are supplying the farmers with selected input including technical advice if required. They also supply the farmers with the basic necessities like Food, shelter, clothes, money and medicines.

  34. There are not that many visible suds, is that a problem?

    No. Your cleaning will be just as effective without the presence of suds. There are no commercial foaming agents or chemicals added, which are commonly used in commercial detergents.

    But they really work for you and clean everything for you....

  35. Does it matter that the nuts are in pieces and not as a whole?

    No. Actually it is better if the nuts are in smaller pieces. Many people crush the soapnut shells into smaller pieces so that the contact surface with the water increases.

  36. What should we do with the soapnuts once they have been used?

    Put them in your compost bin or throw them in the waste bin. They are 100% bio degradable.

  37. Do SoapNuts have a shelf life?

    No. In humid conditions SoapNuts absorb moisture and become sticky. If this happens it won't affect the product or its cleaning capabilities, it will still wash brilliantly. We recommend you store your SoapNuts in an airtight container to prevent getting sticky nuts.

  38. Do SoapNuts have a shelf life?

    No. In humid conditions SoapNuts absorb moisture and become sticky. If this happens it won't affect the product or its cleaning capabilities, it will still wash brilliantly. We recommend you store your SoapNuts in an airtight container to prevent getting sticky nuts.

  39. Why do people claim that soapnuts are water and energy saving?

    Commercial detergents need to be rinsed out of the clothes completely as they leave a soapy residue. Since soapnuts are a 100% natural product with no soapy residue, you can reduce the machine rinse cycles, hence saving valuable electricity and water. Also used water is best for your garden, you don't need to through used water to drain.

  40. Are soapnuts safe for my machine?

    Yes. It is a 100% natural product without any harsh chemicals. The life of the machine will only be greater if you use soapnuts. If you are switching to using soapnuts, it will even clean your machine of any chemical residues from any previous washing.

  41. Is soapnut liquid ok to use in my washing machine?

    Yes. Depending on the concentration of the liquid, you can add it accordingly. It is best to experment and see what works best for you. Click here to know; how to make soapnut liquid

  42. Can I use SoapNuts in a front loading washing machine?

    Yes. SoapNuts produce low suds and are suitable to use in all washing machines.

  43. Are the seeds any good for washing?

    No. The seeds are the round black balls. They contain no saponin. So the only thing that might be of any use is to plant them. Depending on the climatic conditions, it might grow. However, it normally takes 9 years before you will see any results. If you still want to experiment, then soak the seed in warm water for 24 hours and then sow it about an inch into the ground.

  44. Can I use too many soapnuts?

    If you washing feels stiff after washing with SoapNuts, try reducing the number of SoapNuts until you no longer has this effect.Less SoapNuts are required for a hotwash as this releases more saponin.

  45. Do I have to use a washbag?

    Washbags are provided with any purchase of SoapNuts from The SoapNut Shop. These are for your convenience only and additional washbags may be purchased from the shop. You can choose to use a sock, a handkerchief, or a delicates washbag to hold your SoapNuts if you choose.

  46. Where do your SoapNuts come from?

    We collect our SoapNuts from Northern Pakistan. Our SoapNuts grow wild around villages of Himalayan range. This means at harvest time any villager may collect SoapNuts and receive an income for them. This also reduces the number of trees chopped down for firewood sale. We believe this has a greater good for local people and the planet than buying from any farmed sources. After collecting the SoapNuts from there our partners "Maaks Corporation" in Sindh Pakistan send them for de-seeding after grading. Poor women of the area removes seeds from soapNuts manually one by one and pack them accordinglly.

  47. If I plant a SoapNut will it grow?

    No, the SoapNut used for washing is the berry casing, which has been dried and deseeded. Occasionally you may find a seed still attached to the berry in your bag of SoapNuts- it is a small, black, and hard, it looks like a solid blueberry. If you find one soak it overnight in warm water and then plant into seed mix and keep damp, warm and in bright light, it will take time to germinate but you can grow yourself a SoapNut tree.

  48. How can I make hand wash from SoapNuts?

    Even when the shells seem exhausted they still contain some saponin and you can use them to make a hand wash. Put your old shells, with any new little "broken off" pieces that are too small to put in the bag / sock, in a blender. Add a half a litre of water and blend for a few seconds. The idea is to break all the shells into tiny bits so that they release as much "soap" as possible.

    Simmer for a few minutes. Cut the pipe of an old dispenser bottle so it reaches about half way down. Allow the blend to settle and pour in to your dispenser, to below the pipe. Give it a shake and pump away. You will get a palm full of SoapNut foam!         Excellent as a handwash.

    Add a few drops of lemon juice as a preservative, and any essential oil you wish.

  49. Worried about watering your garden on a hot, dry summer?

    SoapNuts are totally organic and, as stated earlier, a mild insecticide. They are safe, even beneficial, to put on your garden. Your washing machine uses about 50 liters (12 gallons!) of water per wash. Collect that waste and your watering problems are over. Unless you are an aphid!

  50. Can I bath with SoapNuts?

    Yes, You can create a liquid decoction to wash your hands, floors, counters, etc. but we have found that you can also bathe with them.. Simply place half a cup of your decoction in your hot bath water and enjoy yourself. Wash or soak and when you come out your body will have that clean feel to it not to mention a soft. You can also use the SoapNuts by themselves. Throw 4-5 Soapnuts into the hot bath, swish them around for a few minutes to get the saponins flowing and then step into the tub. The children will love them! Mother Nature's natural bubble bath with no nasties to harm your precious babes!

  51. How I preserve SoapNuts liquid?

    SoapNut decoction (multipurpose liquid) can be kept in a cool place for approximately ten days if citric acid or lemon juice is added.

    SoapNut shells already used in the washing machine or dishwasher can be recycled by making a decoction. Just keep the used SoapNuts in a jar of water until you have approximately 20 SoapNuts.

  52. Are SoapNuts better for cracked heels?

    SoapNut liquid is fabulous for cracked heels. Just make a multipurpose liquid by boiling the SoapNuts as described above and wash your feet 2 or 3 times a day. Within 7 days you will notice a vast improvement. SoapNut liquid is naturally moisturising and gentle on your skin, so washing in the liquid regularly helps to soften your skin and prevent cracked heels and rough, dry hands.

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