Soap nuts (Soh Pairah) are native to India and Nepal. They are natural and organic way of washing clothes. They have recently become a popular environmentally friendly alternative to chemical detergent. Soap nuts contain saponin (a chemical compound found in particular abundance in various plant species. They produce soap like foam when shaken with water.
Wash with cold, warm or hot water. Soap nuts may be used several times until the shell starts to become soft and grey.
- Pour luke warm water in a tub
- Scrap the soap nut and stir until it lathers
- Sieve the filtrate and discard
- Soak the clothes and scrub lightly (manually)
- Rinse and dry.