Soap nuts, or Indian “soap berries”, have become increasingly popular in recent years for a variety of reasons. They are an amazing natural detergent due to a natural cleaning essence that is contained in their shell. Although they have received a lot of love and attention in the last couple of years, soapnuts have been known and used for centuries: these soap berries have historically always been an integral element of Indian customs and used widely by many Indian households. They are the fruits of a small tree called Sapindus Mukorossi tree, native of the Himalayas and the mountainous region between India and Nepal, but also growing in Indonesia. Also called soapberry nut husks, they are indeed the husk (shell) from soapberry nuts. Once picked and left to dry in the sun, these amazing shells contain a natural cleaning agent called saponin that produces an effect comparable to soap. The great thing about saponin is that it is a 100% organic substitute to chemically made laundry and cleaning products, among others. The best thing is that it can be a substitute for many synthetic cleaning products made with SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulphates) without all the nasty drawbacks of these chemical components.
Biosoap is a natural liquid soap made 100% from these “nuts”, 100% bio-degradable and non toxic that can be used as:
- laundry detergent
- dish and hand soap
- shampoo and body wash
- pet cleaning wash
- mosquito repellent among others…