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Soapnut shells

Soapnut shells

Regular price £1.99 GBP
Regular price Sale price £1.99 GBP
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Soapnuts are the only organic detergent that grows on trees - it simply doesn't get greener than this! Living Naturally soapnuts (or soapberries) are actually dried fruit shells which contain real natural soap and are 100% completely natural.

They are excellent value for money - the 500g bag does up to 240 washes and the 1kg bag up to a massive 480! You can also choose smaller options - a 250g paper tube that will wash up to 108 times or try them out first with our sample bag, which will wash up to 10 times and is also handy for travel.

All Living Naturally products are handmade in the UK, from natural, organic, vegan, sustainable, ethical and cruelty-free ingredients. Find the full Living Naturally range here. The soapnuts themselves are organic and wild-crafted (free from pesticide and not contributing to deforestation), and are grown in forests in rural parts of India, which are owned by some of the farmers/collectors. The soapnuts are ship-freighted in bulk to the UK to minimise carbon footprint. And even though the demand for soapnuts has increased, because the seeds can be replanted and the trees are never actually harmed, they are completely sustainable.

Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. They will leave your laundry fresh and clean and compared to other powder detergents, and their mildness will keep colours bright, maintaining fabric structure of your clothes for longer periods. They can be used on all fabrics and at all temperatures from 30c to 90c. Great for all washing machines especially energy efficient machines and great for all allergy sufferers.

Inside your pack there will be a mixed of whole and broken shells, and there may also be variation of colours due to the time the soapnuts were harvested. Soapnuts can also become a bit sticky in the cotton bag. None of these factors affect their efficacy.

100% biodegradable and compostable - just dispose of them in your green recycling or foodwaste bins or pop in your compost heap.

Combine with Living Naturally's stain remover stick for a natural laundry.


  • Place 5 shells into muslin washbag provided
  • Place washbag into drum of washing machine with clothes
  • Wash clothes as directed by fabric care instructions
  • Save used shells, and reuse up to four more times
  • Add fragrance if wished by adding 15-30 drops of essential oil into the muslin washbag before washing
  • Combine with Living Naturally's natural stain remover bar to treat stains before use
  • You can use the shells to make liquid detergent, handwash, or multipurpose cleaner. Your used shells can even make a foaming wash for washing dishes, pets, vegetables, surfaces, floors, or as a handwash or bodywash.

INGREDIENTS: Pure 100% Organic Sapindus Mukorossi (soapnut) dried fruit shells


  • Sample pack: c10 soapnuts in a small biodegradable muslin bag
  • 250g soapnuts in a paper tube with a small biodegradable muslin bag
  • 500g/1kg packs in a reusable storage bag¬†with a small biodegradable muslin bag
  • 1kg soapnuts in a¬†biodegradable plant-based bag (no muslin bag)

Spare muslin bags are also available



Delivery and Returns


We deliver within the United Kingdom and Isle of Man only. We usually post Monday, Wednesday and Saturday but often more regularly than that and often dispatch orders within 24 hours.

Note that we use Royal Mail for our deliveries. Occasionally they experience delays. We therefore can't guarantee delivery dates, although we will do our utmost to get your package to you as quickly as possible.

All items are shipped via Tracked Royal Mail with a choice of first or second class delivery at the following rates:

Second class

  • Up to ¬£60 - ¬£2.89
  • Above ¬£60 - FREE

First class

  • ¬£3.79


Find out more about our packaging.

Returns Policy

If you wish to return items, please do let us know within 14 days of your receipt of the order. Goods need to be unused and in original packaging.

If you wish to return an item, please contact us here with your name and contact details, order number, details of the items you wish to return and reason. If the goods are defective, we will refund the retail price and the cost of shipping both ways.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 23 reviews
Megan Sinfield

I am slowly making the ECO swap room by room in my home. I bought everything from the website's sale section as I begin to figure out which brands and formulations work for me and my home. Everything I have ordered is exceptional, and I love knowing it is all safer for my little human and cats at the same time. Delivery was faster than expected, all in eco packaging (obviously) and a lovely handwritten note in the box. Will be ordering constantly from them in the future. An amazing team and an amazing business that I will be proud to support <3.

Hi Megan. Reviews like this make our day! Thanks so much for your feedback and we look forward to seeing you back on the website again soon.

Give soapnuts a go!

Like other reviewers, I wasn’t sure these would work but am really impressed! Just add drops of your chosen essential oils.

Hi Carol. We love it when customers are so pleasantly surprised! Thanks for your review.

Great eco zero waste product!

I love these soap nuts as a great zero waste natural laundry wash! I add a 5-6 shells into the little bag and pop into a wash, and if I want a nice smell I can add a few drops of essential oils, but for my sensitive skin I usually use these on their own and it has been great! I pair with a stain remover stick for tougher stains and this has been a super combo! We live on the road, so this is a great lightweight option that will last AGES!! Thank you!

Hi Gina. We're so pleased to hear how delighted you are with the soapnut shells! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

Barbara S
Does the job

I found good results with a selection of wash types. Delicates, Woolens, cottons. With good results. There are no harsh chemicals and no scents. I haven't tried them on heavily soiled items.

Hi Barbara, thanks for your feedback. We're so glad you find the soapnut shells work well!

Karen Edwards
Soapnut shells

They give a great wash and are brilliant for anyone with allergies and bonus they are eco friendly ‚ėļ

We're delighted you're so happy with the soapnuts Karen. They are a fantastic alternative for many reasons as you say! Thanks for your review.