Want fresh smelling laundry that isn’t made of harmful chemicals? How about something that cleans your clothes but leaves no residue behind and is hypoallergenic? Well, let me introduce you to Sapindus Mukorossi shells! The little guys contain saponin, which is a natural surfactant. Activation of the saponin from the soap shells requires nothing more than putting them directly in the wash machine in warm water. Drawstring bags are used to contain the soap nut shells, and the shells can be reused until their saponin content has been exhausted. Once the shells have a gray appearance or get soft and squishy, they are ready be replaced. This is usually an average of 4-7 washes. They are also effective in high efficiency (HE) washers and carpet cleaners because they are a low sudsing detergent. After each wash session we recommend hanging your bag of shells to dry.
These little guys are soft on your skin as well as your clothes. You don’t even need a laundry softener. The shells, when wet, smell like apple cider vinegar but they leave your clothes smelling like nothing other than and fresh, clean. The shells are anti-microbial and anti-fungal as well as hypoallergenic and perfect for baby clothes, diapers and people with sensitive skin. They are also biodegradable and do not pollute our water systems.
The shells come from the berries of the sapindus mukorossi tree. The berries are shaken from the trees onto nets by villagers in remote northern regions of India. This is a major source of income for some villages and increased demand will provide an additional needed economic stimulus, plus will encourage increased planting, growth and farming.