Reetha/Soapnut – Whole dried


100 grams


These whole reetha or soapnut seeds come from the Sapindus mukorossi tree. They are certified organic and Halal.

Soapnuts contain natural saponins and are loaded with vitamins and minerals which all help to gently cleanse the hair and skin. You can use these soapnuts on their own to make a natural shampoo/wash or you can mix them with our whole dried shikakai, amla, bringraj and brahmi to add some hair growth and strengthening qualities to your soapnut shampoo/wash.

How to make soapnut shampoo/body wash

Take a few soapnuts and crush them slightly to help release the saponins. Place in a pot of water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Let the mixture cool and strain through a fine mesh. Keep your soapnut wash in the fridge for up to a week.

Note that soapnut shampoo does not make a foam, the natural saponins are very mild. This shampoo makes a great and healthy alternative to commercial chemical-laden shampoo and body washes, but if you find that it irritates your scalp or skin then discontinue use.

Your hair might feel dry after using soapnut, give it time to adjust. You can also add a bit of cold-pressed plant oil to the soapnut solution to help with dryness.

You can also use this as a pet shampoo.

How to make soapnut household cleaner

Crush the soapnuts slightly. Put about 15 soapnuts and 2 litres of water into a pot and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes and allow to cool. Strain the liquid into a jar and keep in the fridge.

Take about 400 mls of this liquid, 100 mls of white vinegar and 10 drops of a suitable essential oil. Pour into a spray bottle and use for general cleaning. Note that some essential oils are skin irritants so please be careful when using essential oils.

These are WHOLE soapnuts, i.e. the seeds have not been removed. It is possible that the seeds have a slight staining ability so please test this soapnut cleaning agent before use.

Soapnut shampoo, body wash and cleaning liquids are biodegradable and chemical-free. You can throw the used soapnuts into your garden or compost heap.

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