For hundreds of years, people in India and Nepal have been doing their laundry and cleaning with Soap nuts. The Soapnut is the dried fruit of the Ritha tree and the saponin released is a 100% substitute to normal detergents. Soapnuts can be used for cleaning basically anything, from washing clothes, dishes, cloth nappies, as a liquid soap, cleaning and shining ornaments, household cleaner etc. Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. It will leave your laundry fresh and clean and compared to other detergents, its mildness will keep colors bright, maintaining fabric structure of your clothes for longer periods. Soap nuts can be used on all fabrics, at all temperatures and they work in front and top loaders. Soapnuts are allergy-free and hence are good for your skin especially good for babies, eczema and sensitive skin. This chemical free product is excellent for washing children’s clothing and cloth nappies. Soapnuts are both ecological and economical when compared to other forms of detergents.



Skin, Hair, And Health Benefits Of Soapnuts

Skin Benefits Of Soapnuts

Soapnuts work wonders on our skin. Here’s how.

1. Soapnuts have natural conditioning properties that help in moisturizing your skin.
Hence, they help prevent dryness of skin. People with sensitive skin can use products that are made from soapnuts since they do not cause any damage .
2. As the name suggests, reetha works as an excellent cleanser. Hence, you can easily substitute your regular soap with it . It cools your skin and cleanses it as well.
3. Looking for a replacement for your facewash? Mix reetha liquid and a few drops of your favorite essential oil and use it as your homemade facewash.
4. Applying reetha on your face lightens your complexion and evens out your skin tone.
5. Soapnuts can also help you get rid of stubborn pimples and blackheads within no time.
6. Soapnuts are 100% natural products that can help you tackle many skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, etc.
7. You can use reetha liquid to cure diaper rashes in babies. But, make sure you do a patch test before applying it to the affected area .

Hair Benefits Of Soapnuts

8. Soapnuts are the best for hair growth. Hence, they are used in many natural hair tonics and solutions (5). Use powdered or liquid reetha to achieve thick and bouncy hair.
9. The soapy texture of soapnut makes it a wonderful ingredient in many hair care and skin care products all over the world. The soapnuts are soaked overnight and then mixed with shikakai powder to make the shampoo. This shampoo, when used on a regular basis, cleanses hair .
10. Vitamins A, D, E, and K found in this fruit are known to impart shine to your hair and make it smooth .
11. Since soapnut is antimicrobial in nature, it is a good option to cure bacterial and other scalp infections .
12. Soapnuts also exhibit insecticidal properties that help in killing lice on the scalp.
13. Powdered reetha is known to fight various problems affecting the scalp, including dandruff .
14. Soapnuts tame dry and frizzy hair, condition it, and make it more manageable .
15. Soapnuts also detangle your hair so that it can be easily styled.
16. The regular usage of reetha hair wash can reduce split ends to a great extent.

Health Benefits Of Soapnuts

17. Soapnuts also have natural anti-venom properties. They can be used to eject snake or scorpion venom from the affected people.
18. This might come as a big surprise, but soapnuts are very effective in helping to cure tobacco and drug addiction. This is why reetha is provided to smokers to reduce their craving for tobacco.
19. This natural product has also been found to relieve severe bouts of migraines .
20. Powdered reetha can help cure excess salivation .
21. Many studies have concluded that the saponin present in soapnuts inhibits tumor cell growth.
22. For relief from hysteria and epilepsy, consume a thick solution of reetha and warm water.
23. Soapnuts are very good for asthma patients due to their tonic, emetic, astringent, and anthelmintic qualities .
24. Apart from the actual fruits, the bark, and roots of soapnuts are also very useful. They are used as a demulcent and as a mild expectorant .
25. Soapnuts have anti-inflammatory properties that are effective in curing joint pains and edema .
26. These nuts also strengthen your immune system by inhibiting the growth of many pathogens like salmonella and E.coli.
27. You can maintain your body heat with the help of soapnuts as they act as a purgative. They even ensure that the mucus content in your body is under control.
28. Drinking reetha juice can help control your cholesterol levels .
29. The presence of antioxidants in soapnuts can protect you from the threats of cancer to a certain extent.
30. Soapnuts are antidiabetic in nature. Hence, they are helpful in controlling your blood sugar levels.
31. Having reetha can help you getting instant relief from diarrhea, verminosis, and dyspepsia.
32. Reetha water is known to be a good treatment for sore eyes.

33. Soapberries are anti-allergic and antibacterial in nature. Hence, they are used in handwashers.
34. Soapnuts are also used as skin cleansers in spas and salons .
35. These berries possess contraceptive properties, which make them an integral part of some vaginal creams.
36. They are also used for removing synthetic chemicals from fruits and vegetables due to their detoxifying effects.
37. Soapberries are mildly antiseptic in nature, and this property enables them to be widely used in the cosmetic industry.
38. White powdered soapnuts along with alum and water can be the perfect replacement for your regular toothpaste.

Other Uses Of Soapnuts

39. The skin of soapnuts can be used as a detergent for woolens and glass, and for paintings.
40. This product also has antimicrobial properties that help in the treatment of contaminated soil
41. Reetha is also used for bleaching and polishing cardamoms.
42. You may not know this, but reetha can be added to septic tanks to keep them germ-free.
43. You can use reetha water to polish your old ornaments and make them shine like new .
44. Use soapnut water to wash your dishes and cutlery. This will make them free of bacteria and clean the stray food particles with no extra effort.
45. Soapnut water can also be used as a floor cleaner, which makes your house clean and bacteria-free. It can also be used to clean the bathroom and window panes of your home.
46. Clean your old carpets and curtains with the help of soapnuts.
47. These berries also work as an excellent pesticide .


  • Environment friendly. Soap Nuts are 100% natural, they do not pollute our environment. Furthermore, Soap Nuts are considered renewable primary products. The Soapnuts trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.
  • Sustainable. Soapnuts are a renewable resource and easily grown.
  • 100% natural ingredients. Soapnuts are a fruit and they grow on trees – no harmful ingredients.
  • Affordable. They replace multiple cleaners and last longer.
  • Save water and energy. Skip the rinse cycle – there is no need of rinsing your clothes since you have used a 100% natural detergent – no chemicals are left in your clothes to rinse off.
  • Perfect for allergic people. People with sensitive skin and people who suffer from neurodermatitis or eczema.
  • Simple to use. Just add 6-8 nuts in a cotton bag and wash as normal.
  • Effective and gentle. Soapnuts clean dirty laundry very effectively and at the same time preserve the color of your laundry better than chemical detergents. In Nepal, people wash even the finest silks using Soapnuts.
  • No Fabric Softener needed. Soapnuts naturally soften your fabrics.
  • 100% biodegradable. Simply add the used Soapnuts directly to your compost heap and they are safe to use on your septic tank.
  • Reusable. Use the same nuts up to 4 times or even more.
  • Recyclable packaging. After you have finished your Soapnuts reuse the cotton bag for other purposes and recycle the box.
  • Not tested on animals. No such tests have been made.
  • FREE of SLS/Sulfate, Parabens, Perfume, Bleach, Chlorine, Phthalates, Phosphates, Formaldehyde and Petro-chemical


Your everyday laundry detergents contain a combination of many toxic chemicals, the residues of which are left behind on your clothes after washing. This can be potentially dangerous as these chemicals are absorbed by your skin into your blood stream and also evaporate into the air, which you and your children breathe. Both, the manufacturing process of the chemical detergents and their use, have a long term effect on the environment as well.

Most of your common laundry detergents contain phosphates, ammonia, naphthalene, phenol, optical brighteners, artificial fragrances, EDTA etc. These chemicals can cause rashes, itches, allergies, sinus problems and have long term toxic effects on the environment.


Soapnuts are used in Ayurveda practices as an ingredient in shampoos and cleansers. In scalp treatments they are used to treat headlice, dandruff and hair loss. For skincare they are used traditionally to treat mild to moderate skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. As ayurvedic beauty treatments they are used to eliminate fine lines and freckles and to heal cracked skin and remove chemical stains.

It is claimed the fruits are credited with expectorant and emetic properties and when prepared by an Ayurvedic doctor it can treat epilepsy, chlorosis and excessive salivation. It is also used as a sedative to the uterus and is used to ease childbirth. It can also be prepared as a digestive aid, an anti-venom, or to treat diarrhea, cholera and paralysis.

The Soapnuts berry is so rich in iron it is considered a hemolytic and is used often to treat anemia.

Try this traditional ayurvedic recipe for a relaxing bath:

  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 1/4 cup papaya leaves
  • 1/4 cup neem leaves (Azadirachta indica)
  • 3 Tablespoons Soapnut powder (cracked soap nut shells)
  • 3 Tablespoons shikakai powder (Fruit for the Hair)
  • 2 teaspoons kastrui manjal (Curcuma aromatica)
  • 2 teaspoons sandalwood powder

Blend herbs with a mortar and pestle and then pour into bath with honey and oil. Relax.


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Weight 0.05 kg
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 cm


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