Frequently Asked Questions

BubbleNut Wash is a completely organic laundry detergent made out of soapnuts harvested from the Sapindus Mukorossi  tree, which is native to various parts of India. The outer shells of the soapnuts contain high concentrations of saponins that has allowed them to be used as detergents for centuries.

BubbleNut Wash comes with the peace of mind of using a detergent with no artificial chemicals and that is safe for you and your loved ones. Many consumers have reported that their clothes come out softer compared to a conventional detergent wash. As a non-fragrant washing powder, it especially suits people with allergies. For those who prefer a floral smell in their laundry, we recommend using a natural essence such as lavender or lemongrass.

No, BubbleNut Wash can actually be cheaper! While we offer 25 washes worth of detergent for £5, a conventional detergent usually sells 19 washes for £7.

If you are in India you can buy the liquid soapnut detergent. We are working on making a liquid form available soon in the UK and Europe.

Soap nuts are collected by underprivileged rural women in the forest communities of Orissa and in the Himalayan state of Uttarrakhand, India. The producer groups work to collect soapnuts in  autumn and spring. They sort, grade, dry, pack and ship soap nuts for washing machine use.

Our suppliers are chosen in communities that struggle to make ends meet and empower women to contribute to household income, which research shows enhances their bargaining power in family level decision-making. The soapnuts grow in the backyards of these women’s homes, requiring little additional labour and time.

Each soap nut tree can yield up to 200 kilograms of soap nuts and generate about 2,500 Indian Rupees  (£25). With the typical 4 trees in one backyard, this translates into annual earnings of 10,000 Indian Rupees  (£100) which is often roughly the same amount that is earned from an acre of land per year. Indian rural women can tap into this source of income with the expanded market that we provide.

Wash whites separately. If required add white vinegar and baking soda to get desired level of whiteness as product is bleach-free. Do not use powder directly without pouch.

For stains that are hard to remove we recommend rubbing the wet pouch on the stained area and rinse.

A few months or so ago I started using cloth diapers. They worked fine at first and then they started leaking. I was at a loss. I talked to their maker and she suggested changing the detergent. I did that but we still had occasional leaks. I tried vinegar, which worked better than a detergent but I was afraid to use too much or too little. Later, I read that vinegar is not good for diaper covers (I wash covers and diapers together). Finally, I had a breakthrough.   I found something that worked absolutely perfectly. It eliminated the ammonia smell from the urine, it made the cloth diapers fluffy and thus absorbent, and there is no harm to the baby or the environment. What do you think this mystery product is? Soap nuts. Never heard of them? In this post we will talk about soap nuts and how to use them as a natural cloth diaper detergent. By the way, you can use them on all your laundry.
 
 
Are soap nuts good for washing cloth diapers? Totally! Soap nuts are the best cloth diaper detergent – and will minimize diaper rash. I first learned of soap nuts from mothers using them for cloth diapers. Commercial detergents and soaps contain chemicals that build up in the diaper. These chemicals break down the fibers of the material and produce “wicking” of the fibers causing diapers to lose absorbency. Such chemical residue can be irritating to your baby’s skin. Also, soap nuts are very effective at removing odors and cleaning typically soiled diapers. Never use any fragrance, essential oils, or talc. All are potentially hazardous to infants.
FROM THE US
 

These little nuts are GREAT and I’ve been using them for about 4 years now. I bought them initially to strip some used cloth diapers I bought when my first son was tiny. I’ve also made liquid detergent out of it, but I usually only use this for spot treatment. Looking forward to some other ideas on how to use these! – BLOG ON SOAP NUTS

Any laundry detergent disinfect. To disinfect you need a disinfectant product like bleach. Detergents are used for cleaning because water alone can’t remove oily, organic soiling. Detergents allow the water to interact with oil and grease enabling them to be loosened from a surface and removed during rinsing. The use of detergents, therefore, facilitates proper cleaning. Disinfectants, on the other hand, destroy the microorganisms present on a surface. Its purpose is not to clean. However, disinfection will not necessarily kill all microorganisms (This can only be achieved by sterilization eg. autoclave). This is why there are many blogs about how to disinfect, here an example: http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-disinfect-laundry-without-bleach/.