What are soapberries?
What are Soapberries?
Soapberries are the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree. The fruit is picked, the seed is removed and the shell is dried. The dried shell is dull of a substance called 'Saponins' which is a natural soap
- Soapberries are a natural alternative to traditional laundry detergent and fabric softener.
- 'That Red House' soapberries are the only ones on the market that are 'Certified Organic'.
- They are often called 'soapnuts', but they are not nuts at all. They are in fact a fruit!
- The shell of the fruit is collected, dried and packed for use. The shell is exceptionally high in 'saponin' which is nature's soap. This saponin reduces the surface tension of the water to remove dirt and leave fabrics, soft and clean.
- Soapberries are the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, which grow in several different regions of the world, but are most prevalent in the Himalayas, which is where ours are harvested by small local communities.
- By purchasing our soapberries, you are giving health care to the women of Nepal through 'Open Heart International' (OHI), an Australian based charity. TRH donate a portion of money from the sale of every soapberry bag to OHI.
- They are a 100% Australian owned company
Why should I use soapberries?
- They're naturally hypo-allergenic. Perfect for those with allergies or sensitive skin.
- Money saving. Soapberries cost around 10c per wash load (for a 1kg bag). Approximately 1/3 of the cost of chemical detergent.
- They're RAW and VEGAN
- 100% WASTE FREE
- Completely chemical free, grey water safe, septic safe and fully compostable.
- Soapberries eliminate the need for fabric softeners as they leave clothes feeling soft and fresh.
- Our 'That Red House' soapberries are certified organic by international certification body USDA.
- Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
- Not tested on animals.
- Perfect for babies and children as they are extremely gentle yet effective.
- Reduce pollution.
- No pesticides, fertilizers or chemical treatments have been used in the growing or storing process. This ensures that nothing but 100% natural organic products are used in your home.
- Traditional soaps and detergents contain a cocktail of chemicals, which reside in clothing fibers and can be absorbed into the skin.
- Soapberries can be used in any area of the home. They can be used as laundry detergent, shampoo, hand wash, household cleaner, body wash and have many more applications.
- Soapberries are 100% sustainable and their use ensures that deforestation is reduced in the Himalayas.
How do I use soap berries?
- Simply add 5 whole shells (or equivalent) to the provided wash bag, and throw it in the machine, front loader or top loader, it doesn't matter.
- When you hang out your clothes, also hang out your bag of soap berries to dry. Each bag contains two wash bags so you can alternate while the other is drying.
- Once you have used the soapberries in five washes, simply put in your garden or compost!
- Each set of shells will do approx 5 wash loads, depending on water temperature and wash cycle, etc.
- Soapberries perform well in cold water but if you have a particularly dirty load, turn up the temperature on your machine to draw more soap out of the berries.