What Is a Soap Nut?
Soap nuts are known worldwide by many names such as soapnuts, soapberry, washing nuts,
soap nut shells, wash shells, soapberry nut husk, Ritha (Hindi) nutshell, Chinese soapberry and many more.
Simply explained, they are the dried shells (or husks) from the soapberry (or soapberry nut).
These berries are the fruit from a quite unique tree species.
The SAPINDUS RARAK TREE.
These shells contain a substance called saponin that produces a soaping effect.
Saponin is a 100% natural alternative to chemical laundry detergent and cleansers.
It can replace many chemical detergents such as those containing
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) that are becoming well known
by consumers for being a skin irritant and health hazard.
Soap nuts have been used for centuries throughout the world as a laundry detergent,
as soap for personal hygiene, and as a cleanser with a plethora of other uses.