Soapnut Berries and Ways to Use Them in Your Daily Life

soapnut berries (1)Soap nuts (or ‘soapnut berries’ as we affectionately call them at Craftiviti) have been around for centuries. It’s one of the oldest medicinal plants in the world which is native to India and Nepal, and is known by other names like ‘Indian soapberry’ and ‘washnut’.

Traditionally, these nuts are used as a natural remedy for many health problems and skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. It is hypoallergenic and has natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and insecticidal properties. Today, they’re a popular, natural, biodegradable and environment-friendly alternative to chemical detergents as the soap nut shells contain saponin, a surfactant which is released when the soap nuts are soaked in water.

Here’s some ways you can incorporate soap nut berries in your daily life:

1. Foaming Hand Wash

Children putting foam soap on here hand.

What You’ll Need


  1. Add 30g of Soapnut Berries, 2g of Dried Rose Buds and 250ml of Distilled Water into a Glass Beaker.
  2. At low heat, bring the mixture into a simmer and then, remove it from the heat.
  3. With the help of a sieve and funnel, pour the liquid into the Clear Foam Dispenser Bottle.
  4. Using the measuring spoon, add 2ml of Glycerin to the liquid. Gently swirl the bottle to blend.
  5. Let the mixture cool before adding 2 drops of Tea Tree Ecocert Preservative. Again, gently swirl the bottle to blend the liquid inside.

2. General Cleaning


What You’ll Need


  1. Add 25g of Soapbut Berries to 500ml of Water.
  2. Using low heat, bring the mixture into a simmer before removing it.
  3. Then, with the help of a sieve and funnel, pour the liquid into your choice on container.

*NOTE: Use this solution within 3 days as there’s no preservatives added. This can be used for household cleaning and for bathing and washing your hair!

3. For Laundry

white bottoms on clothes line

What You’ll Need


Add 15 pieces of Soapnut Berries (per 5kg of laundry) into a laundry net and place it together with your laundry in the washing machine.

15 pieces of Soapnut Berries is ideal for cold washes. If you’re using hot water, you can reduce the amount to a minimum of 4 pieces.
b) U
sing a laundry net is important! You don’t want to end up with crushed bits of Soapnut Berries in your clothes.
You can reuse the Soapnut Berries for approximately 4 washes before their effectiveness is gone.

Want to know more about making your own soaps at home? Check out these posts of ours!
For Melt & Pour Soap
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šŸ‘‰ Why you shouldn’t add breast milk (or any fresh ingredient) to Melt and Pour Soap Bases
šŸ‘‰ Four Butters You Can Add to Your Melt & Pour Soap
šŸ‘‰ Soap Sweat and How to Fix It
šŸ‘‰ Guide for Adding Honey to Melt and Pour Soap
šŸ‘‰ Why You Should Use Honey Soap Base for Super Easy and Beneficial Honey Soaps

Some Recipes for Melt & Pour Soap
šŸ‘‰ DIY Chamomile and Green Tea Organic Melt and Pour Soap
šŸ‘‰ DIY Melt and Pour Anti-Acne African Black Body Soap
šŸ‘‰ DIY Cool Peppermint Aloe Vera Soap
šŸ‘‰ Make Shower Time Great Again with Jelly Soap
šŸ‘‰ DIY Soothing, Nourishing and Moisturizing Solid Shampoo Bar for Hair Growth

For Cold Process Soap
šŸ‘‰ Get to Know: Cold Process Soap
šŸ‘‰ 5 Common Cold Process Soap Mistakes and How to Avoid or Fix Them
šŸ‘‰ Cure in Candle Making VS Cure in Soap Making
šŸ‘‰ Testing Every Craftiviti Fragrance Oil for Acceleration in Cold Process Soap
šŸ‘‰ 4 Ways to Reduce Fragrance Oil Acceleration in Cold Process Soap

Some Recipes for Cold Process Soap
šŸ‘‰ Basic Cold Process Soap Recipe
šŸ‘‰ Cold Process Dish Soap Using Premium Extra Red Palm Oil

Other household DIY posts you might find useful!
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šŸ‘‰ Using Epsom Salt for Healthy Growth in Plants
šŸ‘‰ Relieving Stress and Insomnia with the Calming Chamomile Pillow Mist Spray
šŸ‘‰ Using Essential Oils as Natural Bug Repellents
šŸ‘‰ 3 Air Freshener Recipes to DIY at Home
šŸ‘‰ DIY Mini Plant Pots with Terracotta Powder and Plaster of Paris

Thanks for reading and we hope this helps ā¤ļø

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