Washing instructions for soapberries
A light experiment with the soapberries will usually be the best approach to discover how the soapberries can be of best use to your needs. Some approaches may affect the way the soapberries react, thereby also affecting the way they help your needs. As our laundry instruction describes, we recommend using the equivalent of 4-5 whole soapberries for a wash. The quantity greatly depends on the quantity of laundry and how dirty it is. A small wash where the clothes are only a little bit dirty should 4 soapberries be enough. A wash with regular dirty clothes should 5-6 soapberries be enough. Finally, a big wash with really dirty clothes should 6-8 soapberries be recommended. You can always add two tablespoons of soda crystals to the wash for a more effective cleansing.
Works on all temperature settings
The soapberries can be used on all temperature settings but is most efficient in washes on 30-60 degrees Celsius. On quick wash on 30 degrees or lower temperatures, it can be recommended to use liquid soap extracted from soapberries. It may simply not produce soap as they are only soaked in water for a short duration. If you extract the soap from the soapberries, then you can use this liquid soap instead of the soapberries. The liquid soap can be easily made and does not demand extra ingredients besides water and soapberries. You can find our own recipe on a liquid soap here. For a regular wash 3 tablespoons (45 ml.) of liquid soap from the soapberries is normally used.
Another option would be to soak the bag with soapberries in lukewarm water and add the water in the washing machine. Generally, the soapberries would be affected by the temperature they are being exposed to. The berries will release their soap faster in warmer washing temperatures, therefore the soapberries will used more quickly in high temperature washes compared to low temperature washes. Consequently, you may have to dispose of your berries after 3 washes instead of 5. The Saponin from the berry will be depleted and the soapberry becomes unusable when becoming light and soft. The berries may be decomposed in the nature.
The soapberry is a remarkable natural washing ingredient and will leave clothes clean and soft. Yet, as the soapberries do not contain bleaching chemicals, your white clothes will not stay white in the long-run. To solve this, we recommend two tablespoons of our soda crystal for a whiter result.
Washing instructions for soapberries
- Add the equivalent to 4-5 whole soapberry shells (adjust after laundry quantity and amount of dirtiness) in a cotton bag and bind it.
- (Optional) In case of a short wash or a wash at low temperature, we recommend placing the bag with soapberry shells in a glass with lukewarm water for a couple of minutes before washing.
- Fill your washing machine with dirty laundry and place the cotton bag with soapberry shells together with the laundry. If you have soaked the bag beforehand, you can then pour the water onto the clothes when adding the soaked bag too.
- When finished, place the cotton bag with the soapberry shells to the side, thereby having them ready for the next wash.
- The soapberries can be reused 4 times when washing at under 60 degrees. If you wash at over 60 degrees we would recommend to dispose the soapberries.
Homemade liquid soap from soapberries
- Add the equivalent to 15-20 whole soapberry shells (approx. 50 grams) in a pot with 2 litres of water. Bring it to a boil.
- Boil the berry for 10-15 min at low temperature.
- Remove the pot from the heat, cover the pot and let cool.
- Once the liquid has cooled off, sieve the shells and add the liquid in a bottle or jar with a lid. The soap should be kept in a refrigerator for maximum durability.
Hereafter, the used soapberries can be reused up to 3 times in 2 litres of water, or until the berries become bleached and soft. This should produce 7-8 litres of liquid soapberry soap.