Fancypants Soapnuts are 100% organic which means that they are 100% safe for you, your family and the environment. Soapnuts are actually the pitted shells of berries grown in the Himalayas. They are a completely natural laundry detergent that contain none of the harmful substances found in regular laundry detergents such as enzymes, whiteners, brighteners and perfumes. They are fantastic for washing cloth nappies and babies clothes - in fact, for all of your laundry!
How do Soapnuts work?
Simply place a few Soapnuts (3-6) into the small wash bag provided, and place it in the machine with your washing. The saponins in the shell of the Soapnut act as a natural surfactant in the water – freeing dirt, grime and soil from laundry. Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. They will leave your laundry fresh and clean, colours bright and no need for fabric softener. When the laundry is rinsed, the saponins and the dirt are washed away without harming the environment. You can even use the grey water in your garden. Soapnuts will leave your nappies clean and fresh without the need to add any chemical fabric softeners or conditioners.
When the saponin has been used up, the shells will look dark and feel mushy, at this point you can safely throw them on your compost heap or put them aside for making Soapnut liquid (Instructions on how to make Soapnuts Liquid here)
Soapnuts are both ecological and economical when compared to other forms of detergents. One wash bag of Soapnuts can be used to wash approximately 4 to 5 loads of laundry (washing at temperatures of 30 - 60 degrees celcius), and for 2 - 3 loads at higher temperatures. Based on this, one 500 gram bag of Fancypants Soapnuts will wash approximately 90 - 100 loads of laundry! And, even though one 500 gram package will last you months longer than normal detergent, there’s no need to worry about storage. Soapnuts are easy to store. They just need to be stored in a relatively dry, room temperature environment and should be out of direct sunlight. If you are in a very moist environment, use of an airtight container may be helpful. Nothing special needs to be done by the average user for short-term storage (less than a year).
A completely natural detergent that’s inexpensive, safe for baby and harmless to the environment – now that’s fancy too!