That Red House Organic Soapberries
We’re always looking to bring you products that are as close to nature as possible. Well, with That Red House Organic Soapberries, you can’t get any closer! They are completely chemical free, grey water safe, septic safe and fully compostable. Can be used both in front and top loader washing machines.
Soapberries are 100% sustainable, and their use ensures that deforestation is reduced in the Himalayas. That Red House sources their beautiful certified organic soapberries directly from Nepal that are picked by small local communities.
Each bag includes 1 cotton wash bag to put your soapberries in and into your washing machine.
Soapberries (also known as soap nuts) are a natural alternative to traditional laundry detergents and soap. They are hypo-allergenic, which makes it perfect for those with allergies or sensitive skin. They also eliminate the need for fabric softeners as they leave clothes feeling soft and fresh.
These are perfect for babies and children as they are extremely gentle yet effective. Nothing is more important than your health and the health of your family. Conventional soaps and detergents contain a veritable cocktail of chemicals, capable of causing untold health problems now and in the future. Soapberries are 100% natural and safe. Switch over to a more sustainable way of living today.
Place the equivalent of approximately 5 whole shells in the small cotton bag provided and make sure you tie the bag well to prevent it from becoming undone during your load. Place a few drops (4-5) of lavender or eucalyptus essential oil on the bag for a beautiful smell and add bag to normal wash load. Remove when finished. Make sure you dry them out (normally done when you dry your clothes). Shells can be used for around 4–5 wash loads. Use warmer water for heavily soiled loads (40–60 degrees). When finished, shells are thin and brittle, at which point they can be added to your compost to break down naturally.
Handy hint - The saponins are released from the berries more effectively in hot water. For a faster release, use a warm wash setting, or soak your small bag of soapberries in hot water for 5 minutes, before throwing them in the washing machine to do their job!
Soapberries are the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, which grows in several different regions around the world, but is most prevalent in the Himalayas.
The shell of the fruit is then collected, dried and packed for use. The shell is exceptionally high in ‘saponin’ which is nature’s soap. This saponin content reduces the surface tension of the water so it will remove dirt and leave fabrics, soft and clean.
By purchasing this product, you are supporting the Grow Nepal initiative which creates a future for the Nepalese people, and encourages sustainable practices across the planet.
Soapberry liquid provides the base for all the recipes on this page.
- Add approx 10 whole shells (or equivalent) per litre of water and boil for 15-20 minutes.
- Use the back of a large spoon to gently press the soft berries to squeeze out extra saponins. Be sure not to break them...
- Strain the cooled liquid through a cloth (the small cotton bag provided is perfect, or an old sock/stocking is fine too) so the sediment does not clog up your spray bottle.
- To extend the life of your liquid in all its different applications, we recommend adding citric acid to the hot liquid after boiling and straining the soapberries. Add 1 tsp citric acid per 500ml liquid and stir until dissolved. Because the soapberries are a natural product, the liquid will need to be preserved, or it will spoil over time. Citric acid is a natural preservative which is edible and available at all supermarkets in the baking section. We recommend making enough to liquid to last you no more than 4 weeks. But hey... making all of your own organic cleaning products once a month is dead easy, and better for you and the environment. Just think of all the chemicals you will be eliminating from your life! Brilliant!
Hint: Storing your Soapberry liquid in the fridge will significantly increase its lifespan!
Soapberry Pre-wash stain remover
Often stains need an extra bit of attention to remove. These stain remover recipes are perfect for taking care of the dirt and grime that is especially evident with young children's clothes! Soapberries are fantastic, but as with any other conventional detergent, stains need to be treated.
Soapberries will work as a pre-wash stain remover in two different forms depending on the type of stain:
1 - Use your liquid in the spray bottle, and spray directly onto the stains. Give them a rub, and throw them in the wash.
2 - For more stubborn stains, use a thickened soapberry mixture with eucalyptus oil added. Apply directly to the stain and gently rub until stain is released from the fabric, then add to your wash as per usual.
Soapberries are naturally anti-bacterial and anti fungal, so are perfect for treating mould in bathroom areas, and for general cleaning around the kitchen and home.
- Make sure the liquid is strained of sediment, and add to a spray bottle.
- Add your choice of essential oil to the liquid to give a fresh smell and boost the anti-bacterial properties of the cleaner. We recommend eucalyptus oil.
Postage is free for all orders $99 and over within Australia. If your order is under $99, we charge a flat rate of $9.95 for standard shipping.
We use Australia Post which takes approximately 1–5 working days to deliver to Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane, and 3–7 working days to South Australia and Western Australia.
Note: If you placed your order on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, your order will not be shipped until Monday.