Review: Living Naturally – Soapnuts Laundry Shells

Living Naturally’s Soapnut  shells are a 100% natural, cruelty free and inexpensive alternative to conventional laundry detergent and can replace other cleaning products. The shells contain plant-derived saponins that, when mixed with water, are known to extract dirt and stains from clothing. Furthermore Soapnuts are eco friendly as they are an organic product so can be composed once they done with.

I was kindly given the Soapnut Shells Sample Pack to try, which comes in a little bag and contains:

  • Small biodegradable muslin washbag with 5 Living Naturally Soapnuts – 4/5 Washes
  • 15ml Sample of Living Naturally Soapnut Liquid – 3 x 5ml washes
  • Sample of Living Naturally Soapnut Soap
  • 40g Soda Crystals
  • Full instruction leaflet on how to use for laundry
  • Full instructions on how to make natural pesticide and a chemical free multi-purpose cleaner.


For my test I placed 6 Soapnut shells within the Small biodegradable muslin wash bag included in the pack and tossed it directly into the washing machine on a 40 degree wash followed by a dry cycle.

So for the result, It effectively cleaned light stains but left the more stubborn and deep stains, as a solution it is advised to use more shells to fight the stain.

Your clothes won’t come out smelling of the tropics but they certainly won’t smell bad either (off subject makes me think of Ludo in The Labyrinth saying “Smell…Bad” whilst in “The Bog of Eternal Stench” ), a natural solution if you want your clothes to have a scent is to just add in some of your favorite essential oil into the bag. Running along the same vein as it contains no nasty and harsh fragrances I found there was no irritation to my sensitive skin which often occurs for me with new laundry detergents.

Overall this 100% natural method of laundry washing does work but as with everything I think to get the best use out of the Soapnut shells its just trail and error.

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Have you tried Soapnuts? Have you tried any other methods of washing laundry naturally? Let me know what you think in the comments below..

Thank you for reading

Laura k xo

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