Soapberries, 1 lb.
The most gentle, natural, multipurpose cleaning agent available. Soapberries can be used anywhere you would use soap - for laundry*, dishes, to clean pets, or on your skin or hair. Depending on the extent of use, each batch can be reused up to five times, or until their mild fruity smell is gone, at which point the expended fruits can be composted.
Soapberries, or 'soap nuts', are literally just dried berries from the Sapindus tree family (in this case of the mukorossi variety) that are naturally packed with saponins. They're still used as a standard cleaning agent in many parts of the world where they grow, and for good reason – they're simple, effective, and hypoallergenic!
For laundry, simply toss a sachet full (4-6 berries is good) into your laundry - it's seriously that easy. If you're cleaning something especially odorous that still requires a cool wash, you can make a 2-minute soapberry 'tea' to help release the saponins, then toss that into your load. For all other applications, soak longer and use the soapy tea itself to clean. For longest shelf life, store soapberries in a dry area.
Materials: Soapberries (Sapindus mukorossi), organic cotton muslin bag, organic cotton muslin sachet.
Grown in the midhill regions of Nepal.
Weight: 1 lb.
*We don't recommend washing iron dyed items with soapberries due to the naturally occurring acids in the fruit which can cause discoloration of the dyed fabric. It's perfectly safe, but may result in unwanted splotches. Quite literally, think: acid wash.