What are…soapnuts

Soapnuts are a natural, environment friendly, bio degradable, economical & effective detergent… that grow on trees.
 
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oapnuts or Soapberry, also sometimes referred to as Washing Nuts or Ritha / Reetha (in Hindi), contain ‘Saponins’, which have the ability to clean and wash. When in contact with water, they create mild suds, which is similar to soap. For hundreds of years, people in India and Nepal have been doing their laundry and cleaning with Soapnuts. Soap nuts can be used for cleaning almost anything, from washing clothes, to cleaning and shining ornaments, and as a household cleaner.
 
Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. They leave laundry fresh and clean and compared to other detergents, their mildness will keep colours bright, maintaining the fabric structure of clothes for longer periods. They can be used on all fabrics and at all temperatures, are allergy-free and hence are good for the skin. Soap nuts are both Ecological and Economical when compared to other forms of detergents. They are Cheaper than normal detergents, environment friendlyas soapnuts are 100% natural.
 
Everyday laundry detergents contain a combination of many toxic chemicals, the residues of which are left behind on clothes after washing.  This can be potentially dangerous as these chemicals are absorbed by the skin into the blood stream and also evaporate into the air, which we breathe. Both the manufacturing process of the chemical detergents and their use have a long term effect on the environment as well. Most common laundry detergents contain phosphates, ammonia, naphthalene, phenol, optical brighteners, artificial fragrances, EDTA, the list goes on. These chemicals can cause rashes, itches, allergies, sinus problems and have long term toxic effects on the environment.
 
1 kg of soapnuts can be used for up to 150 loads of laundry, and to change the scent of the clean laundry, add a few drops of essential oils to the wash.

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