Soapberries - 100% Compostable

Align your laundry and home with nature with these Certified Organic Soapberries. Soapberries are the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree and are full of Saponin, which is a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal surfactant.

They are picked sustainably and ethically from wild trees in the Himalayas, de-seeded, dried and packed. No further processing, 100% natural, 100% chemical free, hypo-allergenic, grey water and septic safe, and completely zero waste. Just add 5 - 6 Soapberries to the cotton pouch provided and pop it straight into the drum of the machine with your washing. We also like to add a few drops of our Lemon-Scented Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil directly to the cotton pouch for all its benefits and its beautiful, natural, clean scent.

We offer 150g Starter Packs (around 50 washloads), 250g Bags (expect 90+ washloads) and 500g Bags (expect 180+ washloads), as well as 500g Bulk Refill Packs if you just want your Soapberries and don't need another cotton pouch.

The best? All natural, they're particularly beneficial for those with sensitive skin and skin conditions.

Our 500g Bulk Refill Pack is also the ultimate in zero waste - they're packaged in an Australian made recycled paper bag fastened with coconut rope, so you can reuse your existing cotton bag.

  • Compatible with top or front loaders: to use in the laundry, simply add 5-6 whole shells to the cotton wash bag that comes provided and put in the washing machine with your load of washing, and you're done.You can also add your favourite essential oil to your bag for an ultimate fragrant clean - see our native Australian pure essential oil range from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland here

    Optimum temperatures: the saponins are released more effectively in warm water, and 40 degrees is ideal. Alternatively, if you use them in cold water, they may not activate as quickly as they will in warmer water, but you can soak them in hot water for 5 mins prior and it will soften the shells and activate them for the cold wash. See how easy they release their natural soap here.

    Save water: What's more, because they leave no residue on the fabrics, they can be used without activating the rinse cycle, saving water. How good is that.

    You can also leave the soapberries in your machine for the rinse cycle, as they won't leave any residue.

    For stains and whites: Soapberries will clean your clothes of everyday dirt, but for tougher stains you will need to treat them prior to washing. They'll also clean your whites, but because they do not contain optical brighteners, they will not give the same appearance as a chemical-based detergent. You can add washing soda or lemon juice to your load if you want to whiten your clothes more. 

    Compost at the end of their life: The soapberries last about 4 -5 washes (or less in higher temperatures), and you'll be able to tell when the soapberries need to be replaced as they will have primarily dissolved. 

  • Made by Australian company, That Red House, using sustainably and ethically sourced fruit of wild Sapindus Mukorossi trees in the Himalayas. That Red House is a company built on the foundation of striving for a sustainable, organic, zero waste, chemical free, eco-conscious and healthy way of life for all. They aim to inspire and educate people to help them reduce their chemical exposure, improve their health and save money by using their products.

    They also support the Himalayan communities who are essential to their business through Open Heart International, an Australian-based charity that performs vital work in women's health in Nepal. All round a beautiful company with beautiful products. We love them.

  • 150g Starter Pack (around 50 washloads), 250g Bag (expect 90+ washloads) and 500g Bag (expect 180+ washloads), complete with cotton pouch for your washing machine.

    Purchasing more Soapberries? Naked Packs are the soapberries sans cotton bag packaging - just a recycled paper bag, a bit of coconut rope and the soapberries! They come in an economical 500g Bag (expect 180+ washloads). If you need another cotton pouch for your washing, please let us know in the notes to your order and we'll pop one in.

  • They basically look after you. Keep them dry and cool until you need them, and they'll clean away. 

  • When your soapberries have primarily dissolved, simply throw the used ones in your compost. 

    After the long life of your cotton pouch and bag, you can cut them up into smaller strands and add lovingly to your compost.

    If you've purchased a Naked 500g Bag, it comes packaged in a 100% recycled paper bag with a 100% recycled paper label and coconut rope fastenings, so you can recycle the paper and reuse or compost your rope.

  • This product ships directly from Life Wild. When in stock, we will have it on its way to you within 1 - 2 business days. If preordering and you'd like to know when to expect your bounty, please email us.

    Choose the ultimate in environmentally friendly packaging and your items will be packed in surplus boxes we've collected from local businesses, before they use more energy and resources by going to the recycling plant, or take up space in landfill.

    Or for something a little more beautiful, go for our post-consumer recycled box instead. It's your choice at checkout.