What is a soap nut?
Soap Nuts are the fruit of the Chinese Soap Berry Tree. These amazing berries are harvested and then dried in the sun. No chemicals of any kind are added to our soap nuts. We only sell Sapindus Mukorossi soap nuts as this is the species that are the largest and have the highest saponin content of any other soap nut species. Laundry detergent with toxic chemicals is replaced with something all natural and totally organic. The soap nut contains a natural soap called saponin. Saponin has cleaning abilities equal to toxic chemical detergents. Soap Nuts are extremely hypo-allergenic and can be used by people who are allergic to all other detergents. They are completely green and don't pollute our planet. Soap Nuts go by many names, such as soap berries, wash berries, wash nuts, Ritha, Reetha, Aritha, Dodan, Doadni, Doda, Kanma, Thali.
Are your Soap nuts USDA Certified Organic?
Yes and they are also certified organic by Ecocert.
Do they cost extra, like most green products?Are your Soap nuts USDA Certified Organic?
Most non-toxic cleaning products cost more than the products they replace. Soap nuts cost much less than toxic chemical detergents. Add in the cost of fabric softener or dryer sheets and soap nuts cost two and a half times less.
How do I use them?
Just place 3 to 5 whole soap nuts in the included drawstring wash bag and toss it into the washer with your clothes. Don't use any detergent, fabric softener or dryer sheets. The 1 Kilo bag includes 3 draw string wash bags. The 500 Gram bag includes 2 wash bags. And the 250 Gram bag includes 1 wash bag. Even after shipping almost all of your soap nuts will be whole when you receive them. We recommend breaking them in half before you put them in the draw string wash bag so water can circulate freely through the inside of the shell so they can release their saponin easier. Soap nuts work equally well in top loaders or the newer HE front loaders. With a top loader expect about 4-6 wash loads using the same soap nuts. With a front loader HE machine you can expect about 7-9 wash loads. The best way to tell if your soap nuts are used up is to put your used soap nuts in a jar with a lid with a few ounces of water and shake them up. If you get suds, you can get another load out of them. Pour the sudsy water in the washer and put the soap nuts back in the wash bag and toss them in for another load. Remember that the hardness of water has an effect on all cleaning products. Water hardness and other factors are different all across the country. So start with our recommendations and then experiment. Try using fewer soap nuts, then more and see what works best in your area. Even if you get it wrong they still work great. Your just trying to optimize your consumption of soap nuts. Your clothes will come out smelling amazingly fresh like you hung them outside on a clear spring day. Plus, your clothes will be softer and more absorbent than ever, which is amazing because you never use fabric softener or dryer sheets with Soap Nuts. Soap Nuts are equal to Tide in cleaning ability. So if you used bleach for your whites before, you can still use bleach for whites (we recommend oxyclean as it is non toxic). We also recommend a good prespotter Like our exclusive GVP Formula 433 Non Toxic Solid Stick Prespotter.
What is the quality of Green Virgin Products Soap Nuts?
Green Virgin Products Soap Nuts are sealed in a biodegradable plastic bag, at the precise moment when they reach the peak of perfection. This is an important distinction as some sellers don't have their soap nuts cleaned and packaged in India so they are exposed to the elements during the long ship ride to the USA. This can take a month or two at sea where the soap nuts will be absorbing the salt sea spray and any humidity in the air. They will be in hot or very cold temperatures and they will be absorbing moisture or getting very dried out. They can become contaminated with bacteria or mold due to the moisture where as ours are sealed in plastic and are unaffected by the sea voyage. We sell only the highest quality USDA Certified Organic Sapindus Mukorossi soap nuts available in the world. We import Green Virgin Soap nuts from the best growers in Nepal. Labor is far less expensive in India and Nepal so our soap nuts are harvested, dried, hand sorted, cleaned, packaged and labeled there. We pass the savings on to you. We buy our soap nuts from a company in Nepal that has been in business for over 100 years and does over one billion dollars a year in sales. That's why we can boast the highest quality and the lowest price. Remember soap nuts are basically produce. Produce is not like a car where a higher price usually means higher quality. But with soap nuts, a higher price just means they are trying to make more profit than we are or they didn't buy them as smart as we did. You might be able to find soap nuts as good as ours, but better soap nuts are not available at any price, period.
What health hazards can I help avoid by using Soap Nut detergent?
Chemical laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets should be avoided at all cost. These products contain chemicals classified under federal law as carcinogens, toxic and hazardous. Some are on the EPA hazardous waste list. The list of health hazards associated with the chemicals in laundry products is staggering and extremely serious. The list includes cancer, central nervous system depressant, kidney damage, headache, nausea, dizziness, confusion, twitching muscles, convulsions, fatigue, liver damage, birth defects, Alzheimer's disease, sudden infant death syndrome, reproductive problems and many more. For proof of this, just Google "laundry detergent health hazards" or click on the health hazards button, just under the pictures on each page of this site. This is not a myth, it's a fact. There are known carcinogens in nationally advertised brands of laundry detergents, fabric softener and dryer sheets. Did you know that the European version of the EPA has banned about 1000 chemicals? The EPA in America has banned a total of 4 chemicals and has not banned a single chemical since 1976. The EPA tried to ban Asbestos in 1976 but failed in the courts and Asbestos is still being manufactured and sold in huge quantities in the USA even though it is a known carcinogen. The EPA has not even tried to ban another chemical since. It is illegal to sell American laundry detergents and fabric softeners in Europe, because they contain hundreds of banned chemicals. Yet Americans buy and use these toxic products every day. The big soap companies make billions of dollars a year while Americans are slowly being poisoned, along with our rivers, lakes and coastal waters. For a happy healthy family, buy Green Virgin Soap Nuts and use our non toxic cleaning products.
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Posted by Jim D. on May 14th 2013
The soap nuts work very well at cleaning and softening my clothes. They do have an odor in the bag they come in, but it does not transfer to the clothing. The only concern I have is, some of my clothes have some static, so I am still using dryer sheets. But overall, LOVE them!!
Posted by Nancy G on May 13th 2013
In the comments, I saw where a lady had hard well water, and had to use more soap nuts than usual....all she would have to do is to add a little Washing Soda to the water, and she would only need the required amount of nuts. Been there, done that, and it works! Also, a half cup of white vinegar in the rinse water takes all of the graying minerals out, and leave clothes white and colors bright!
Thank you for your diligence , and we do spread the word to family, friends and clients around the country about you.
Have a safe and prosperous week.
Posted by Julia on May 13th 2013
Love these so much better than making my own detergent, so much easier!
Posted by Wendy C. on May 9th 2013
This product was recommended by a friend, so I had to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by how well they actually work. I will definitely repurchase, it might be sometime next year, but I will be a lifetime customer.
Posted by Charly on Apr 23rd 2013
These tiny soap berries work as advertised. That in and of itself is a strong recommendation. The fact that they do not pollute, they do not destroy your septic system and they save you money. All of these just add plus value to a product that really does work.
Posted by c.lewan on Apr 20th 2013
So far so good. I have used them just a couple of times but am satisfied so far. I do, however, like the fact that there is no measuring. I will keep on using because my clothes seem to smell better and softer. Goodbye commercial soap and softners and the price is right. I do need to use them more in order to give a 5-star review.
Posted by Joy Williams on Apr 18th 2013
I have been using soap nuts for a few years and love them. There is no soap residue and they are kind to the environment.
Posted by lynda on Apr 10th 2013
I have been cutting chemicals from our lives, my husband has been somewhat skeptical. He does the laundry and ironing because he is picky about clothes and I am disabled. When I told him how much cheaper these would be and we wouldn't need to use softener, he decided to try them. He loves them, the clothes are clean, smell good and the towels are fluffy soft. Not even the commercial cleaners and softeners got them fluffy soft. He tells me to keep ordering them.
Posted by Kathie on Mar 17th 2013
I have been using soap nuts for a few years now and love them. I wouldn't go back to other detergents. No need for fabric softeners. Everything smells lovely and clean; no residue.
Posted by Leigh on Mar 15th 2013
I recently tried the sampler pack - I liked it, I then bought the 1kg. pack & am now using it exclusively. I gave away my Eco laundry detergent, I find I like the smell & feel of my clothes more now.
Posted by Fran on Mar 14th 2013
These a fabulous! Everything came out clean, no measuring and easy to use. Will buy again and again.
Posted by S.K. on Feb 25th 2013
I love using the soap nuts. No more itchy skin or gaggy perfume and chemical smells. The clothes come out cleaner than ever before too!
Posted by Nura on Feb 25th 2013
This is our first time trying out soap nuts. One of our friends introduced us to them. We tried them out, and fell in love with them! The clothes are soft and smell good. Plus, no skin reactions to the soap nuts. Our whole family has some sort of skin reactions to the commercial detergents and products. But no skin reactions to this! Since we tried it out on our own skin, we recommend the soap nuts to everybody. Awesome stuff!
Posted by Marie on Feb 25th 2013
I have inanely sensitive skin, even free and clear detergents were causing my skin to be itchy, red, etc...no more! My clothes are soft and smell great, and my skin is happy!!
Posted by Loren R. on Feb 25th 2013
I read a lot about them and thought I would give them a try. I had been buying eco-friendly laundry detergents for a long time and I was rather sick of paying through the nose for them and only lasting for a short period. I have to say that I would be hard-pressed now to use a store bought detergent ever again. These are wonderful things! They last forever. They get the stink out which is wonderful and they just leave a clean smell behind. No need for other things like fabric softners to be added. My husband is very sensitive to all sorts of things and he's not had any kind of rash develop from using these. The best thing is is that these last for a long time and they are super portable! Love the fact that you can make your own soap with them as well. The 1 kilo bag lasted a full 6 months of heavy washing. Considering I would buy a bottle of detergent every 3-5 weeks at $14 a pop, I think that they saved me lots of cash over these past 6 months. I highly recommend these to everyone!
Posted by Momof2 on Feb 24th 2013
After reading all of the toxins that are in laundry soaps, I have decided to go Green. A friend recommended soap nuts which I have never heard of. I found this website and gave them a try. They are amazing. Clean so well without all of the poisons. My husband has very sensitive skin and it works very well. Never going back to traditional soap again. My clothes are as soft as ever. Soap nuts are perfect.
Posted by jstme on Feb 17th 2013
Could not believe the end result, the first time I tried these little nuts. I stood over my washer the whole cycle, thinking this is totally NUTS to even think this would even work, but to my surprise my clothes look clean and so very soft they smell better than before. Give these chemical free nuts a chance you will be surprised.
Posted by Sara M on Jan 21st 2013
I was a bit skeptical at first but thought I would give them a try. My son will be walking the Appalachian Trail in the spring and we were looking for items light in weight for him to take with him on his journey. Not sure how they will work for him on the trail but great at home. Glad I ordered them. I love them! They leave my clothes smelling so clean and fresh. I recommend them.
Posted by Beverly on Jan 13th 2013
Received my soap nuts last week and am completely satisfied. They are so easy to use and inexpensive as well as efficient. Clean clothes, clean smelling clothes with no artificial perfumes or scents, soft, wonderful! No need for commercial laundry detergent any more. Bring on mother nature's very own soap nuts. Thank you Green Virgin for making this product available!
Posted by CJ Kelly on Jan 11th 2013
I have been using Green Virgin Products Soap Nuts for about 2 1/2 years now and my body, my clothes my washing machine and my environment love them. I also am saving money over the former brands or laundry detergent we used
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