Salveo soap nuts – eco-friendly washing powder substitute 1 kg


Soap nuts are a natural, eco-friendly alternative to washing powder. Use 4 or 5 per wash and they release mild suds on contact with water. Effective and often cheaper than supermarket bought washing powder.

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Soap nuts are a natural product that is harvested from trees in the upper Himalayas of India.

The Soapnut shells contain Saponins which on contact with water release mild suds and can be used as an environmentally friendly alternative to Laundry detergent in washing machines. In India and Nepal the soap nuts have been used as a washing detergent for hundreds of years.

They are an effective substitute for washing powder with excellent cleaning and often cheaper too with 1 kg bag used for about 100 loads of washing.

Main benefits of Soap Nuts

  • Pure and natural Eco-Friendly washing detergent that leaves your laundry fresh and clean
  • Keeps your colours bright
  • Allergy-free, good for your skin
  • Acts as an Environmentally-friendly washing powder that is chemical free
  • Cultivated through sustainable agriculture
  • Ecological and economical compared to other brands of detergent.
  • Around 1 Kg of soapnuts can be used for more than 100 loads of laundry.
  • Works out cheaper than Washing Detergent
  • Indian Soap Nuts are mild and soft cleansing
  • Suitable for your washing machine
  • Can also be used as an all-purpose cleaner in the house

How do you use Soap Nuts?

The sticky saponine in the shells of the soap nuts acts as a natural detergent. As soon as the shells touch water, the natural saponine soap is released and creates mild suds.

Place 4 to 5 half shells in one of the provided cotton bags (three). Tie the bag and place it with your laundry in the washing machine. Start your machine as usual, with or without pre-wash. The remains of the soapnuts can be composted or be disposed of through organic refuse.

The soap nut can be easily used in your washing machine. Unlike common washing powders and liquids that contain considerable amounts of chemicals, the soapnut is environmentally friendly and is gentle on the skin.

Tips with using Soap Nuts:

  • No need for fabric softeners
  • Works well with delicate fabrics such as silk and wool
  • When washing in cold to warm water, soapnuts can be used for a second time the same day
  • In the case of heavy stains, we recommend adding one tablespoon of stain remover.
  • For a fragrant wash add your favourite essential oils

Temperature in Celcius

Dosage in Half-Shells (Soft Water)

Dosage in Half-Shells (Hard Water)

30° to 40°

5 Halves

6 to 7 Halves

60° to 95°

3 Halves

4 to 5 Halves

Contents of Pack Will Wash Approx



Hand Washing

250ml Soap Water

400ml Soap Water

Soap nut water for cold and hand washing: put 10-12 half shells in 1 litre of boiling water. Simmer for about 10 minutes, allow to cool and fill into bottles. The pack comes with three cotton bags in which to place your soap nuts for your washing load.

The species used is Sapindus mukorossi from the Upper Himalayas, India.

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg