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Ecoideas - Himalayan Soapnuts/Stain Removing Salt

Ecoideas - Himalayan Soapnuts/Stain Removing Salt

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Soapnuts have been utilized by people in northern Asia, India, and Nepal for centuries as a safe and effective cleaning agent for clothes (including wools, silk, cashmere, etc.) as well as washing dishes, floors, and even hair! For heavily soiled or stained laundry, and/or to deodorize and whiten laundry, use the soapnuts in combination with Ecoideas' Stain Removing Salt - a non-toxic, non-polluting cleaning, brightening and deodorizing agent that's phosphate-free and also free of chlorine or other bleach, which becomes active at 40C to enhance the soapnuts' action without weakening the fabrics or altering their colours.
Info:  250 g Box of Soapnuts or 500g Jar Stain Remover
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Category: FOR YOUR HOME > Laundry & Cleaning

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Looking for a more natural cleaning product with no harsh residue or adverse environmental impact? Himalayan Soapnuts can take care of virtually all your cleaning needs!

Himalayan Soapnuts are actually fruits (not nuts), of the Ritha tree (also known as the Soapnut or Soapberry tree), whose young green-coloured berries become a dark reddish brown color after they've been harvested and left to dry in the sun. They contain 10% saponins, a natural chemical compound with the ability to produce rich, cleansing suds.

Soapnuts have many practical applications, and when left to dry after each use, they can be used again and again!

* The Stain Removing Salt is sodium percarbonate, which breaks down to harmless water, oxygen, and sodium carbonate (soda ash) in the wash water.

500g Jar of Stain Removing Salt


Place 6 to 8* soapnut-halves in the small cotton pouch which is included in each package of Himalayan Soapnuts. Make sure to tie the drawstrings on the pouch shut.

(*If your area has hard water, you may need to use 10 halves for optimum cleaning.)

Place the tied pouch of soapnuts in the washing machine with your laundry. If you would like a scented wash, just sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oil directly on the cotton pouch before tossing it in the washing machine.

For heavily soiled or stained laundry, use the soapnuts in combination with Ecoideas' non-toxic, bleach-free Stain Removing Salt (sodium percarbonate), whose directions are given in the "Suggested Usage" section lower down the page.

Reusing and Recycling Your Laundry Soapnuts

Once you've used the soapnuts in the laundry, remove them from the ouch and let them dry completely. When they have dried, they are ready to be used a second time. After using them in the laundry again, set them aside to dry once more. They may still have one life left in them: try making a soapnut solution with them for all-purpose cleaning.

Because Himalayan Soapnuts have not been altered or added to in any way, it is completely safe to wash the suds down the drain. The suds, as well as the nuts themselves, are fully biodegradable and septic safe. When the soapnuts have been used to their full potential, Ecoideas recommends that you throw them into the composter.

All-Purpose Cleaning

You can make a soapnut solution for all-purpose cleaning using the method described in the next section, and experiment with its concentration to meet different needs. The solution is safe for using on floors, and any other places you would use soap for cleaning.

How to make a Soapnut Solution:

In a small or medium cooking pot, add some water, and cook a small handful of soapnuts for about five minutes, covered with a lid. After five minutes, remove the pot from heat and let cool. Remove the soapnut shells, and place in the compost.

You can make the solution stronger by increasing the amount of soapnuts you use, or add more water to make it weaker.

Dishes & Kitchen Cleanup

Himalayan Soapnuts are excellent for washing dishes and cleaning. The suds are extremely gentle and softening on the skin, so you won't experience dryness or irritation from them when washing dishes.

Hair Shampoo or Body Wash

You can use a soapnut solution as an everyday shampoo or body wash by placing it in a squeeze bottle or a reusable shampoo bottle. It's wonderful for helping to get rid of dandruff or psoriasis.

Bathing Your Pets

You can use a soapnut solution as a shampoo or body on your cat or dog, too! They'll love the mild, soothing suds -- especially if they suffer from dry skin or bald patches.

Taking Care of Your Plants

A mild soapnut solution is wonderful for protecting plants from common houseplant pests. The mild suds deter any prospective pests due to the 'saponin content,' which is repulsive to insects and pests. Simply make a mild solution, put it into a spray bottle, and spray it generously onto the foliage of the plants and the top of its soil.


Soapnuts, from India, which come in halves, with the pits removed.

Stain Removing Salt: 100% Sodium Percarbonate.

Suggested Usage: 

Soapnuts: For regular water, simply place 6 to 8 soapnut halves into the small cotton bag (included in the box); close its drawstring; and include it along with your clothes in your washer.

For hard water, use 10 soapnut halves.

Remove the bag of soapnuts before putting the clothes in the dryer, and take the nuts out of the bag and let them air dry. They can be used twice in a row with warm water temperatures of 40 degrees C (but just once a day with hot water temperatures of 60 degrees C and beyond, since the higher the temperature, the more saponin is released) - although you may be able to produce a cleaning solution from the remaining saponin if you immerse them in hot water.

If you prefer scented laundry, simply sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oil directly on the cotton pouch.

For heavily soiled laundry, use in combination with a non-toxic stain removing salt (sodium percarbonate).

Once their service life is done, simply add the used soapnuts directly to your compost heap.

The Stain Removing Salt is effective for removing stains, deodorizing and whitening laundry:

For lightly soiled articles, add 1 ounce of Stain Removing Salt per load with your soapnuts or laundry detergent.

For moderately soiled articles, use 2 ounces per load with your soapnuts or laundry detergent.

For Heavily soiled articles, use 4 ounces of Stain Removing Salt, presoak in hot water for at least 30 minutes, or overnight, then complete the wash cycle.

To whiten and deodorize diapers or to remove stains from cloth menstrual pads, add 4 to 6 ounces of Stain Removing Salt into the soak cycle. Soak in hot water for at least 30 minutes, or overnight, then complete wash cycle.

For whitening old linens and yellowed window shears, deodorizing and cleaning tennis shoes, or to get rid of yellow armpit stains on shirts: soak them in a solution of 2 ounces of Stain Removing Salt per gallon of water for at least one hour, or overnight, then rinse.

Keep both in a dry area.

Warnings: Keep out of the reach of children. Do not swallow (either type). The stain removing salt can cause skin or eye irritation; in case of contact with the eyes, rinse abundantly and consult a doctor.

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