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Soap Nut FAQ page

Soap Nuts Frequently Asked Questions.

Q: What is a Soap Nut?
A: Soap Nuts are actually not nuts. They are berries from the Chinese Soap Berry Tree (Sapindus Mukorossi). These berries are harvested, and then are dried in the sun. There are no chemicals added. Soap nuts are then added to your laundry to be used instead of chemical laundry detergents.

Q: How do they clean my clothes?
A: Soap Nuts contain a chemical called Saponin. Saponin is a natural soap (surfactant). It is hypoallergenic and totally eco friendly.

Q: Is every soap nut the same?

A: No, just like apples have different varieties like Granny Smith, Delicious, etc, so do soap nuts. Green Virgin Products only sells Sapindus Mukorossi Soap Nuts. These are the largest of all varieties of Soap Nuts and also have the highest saponin content. Not only do we sell the best variety of Soap Nuts but we searched the world over for the best quality Sapindus Mukorossi Soap Nuts available. Green Virgin Soap Nuts are the finest gourmet Soap Nuts money can buy, period.

Q: Are Your Soap Nuts Organic.

A: Yes, our soap nuts are USDA Certified Organic and wild crafted.  

Q: Do Green Virgin Soap Nut products work in hot, warm & cold water?
A: Despite what you may have read elsewhere, Green Virgin Soap Nuts work in hot, warm or cold temperatures. We recommend washing in cold water with our soap nuts, as cold water saves money and lowers your carbon footprint which helps our planet. Note: Some washers have a temperature setting called Temp Plus, which means the temperature is far hotter than the normal hot water setting. Using this very high heat setting will cause the nuts to be pulverized during the high speed spin cycle.

Q: Do I still use fabric softener to get my clothes soft?
A: No, you never use fabric softener or dryer sheets with soap nuts. Chemical detergents such as Tide leave a residue in your clothes that makes your clothes feel stiff or hard. Soap nuts rinse clean and leave your clothes softer than ever without using toxic fabric softeners or dryer sheets. Your clothes will come out softer than ever. They will also be more absorbent than before because fabric softeners and dryer sheets leave a waxy coating on your clothes.

Q: Can I still use bleach and pre-spotters for tough stains?
A: Yes. There is no detergent that can get out every stain, so continue to use bleach, or we recommend hydrogen peroxide for bright whites, and our exclusive GVP Formula 433 pre-spotter for tough stains.

Q: Do Soap Nuts clean as well as Tide and other chemical detergents?
A: Absolutely, they clean every bit as good as whatever brand you were using before. You will save money and not risk your health or the environment.

Q: Are soap nuts safe for new born babies clothes, diapers and blankets etc?
A: Yes, soap nuts are safe for babies—you should never expose a baby to toxic chemical laundry detergents, fabric softeners or dryer sheets. You should never use chemical detergents to wash anything that will even come near a baby. Soap Nut products can even be used by people with very sensitive skin. Even those who are allergic to products that are designed for people with allergies should be fine with Soap Nuts. In fact, chemical laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets are highly toxic and can cause all kinds of illnesses including cancer and sudden infant death syndrome. To verify this just Google "laundry detergent health hazards" or click on the "Toxic chemicals and your health" button on this site.

Q: I am allergic to nuts—can I still use Soap Nut products?

A: Yes you can. Soap nuts are actually not nuts; they are more like berries. They grow on the Chinese Soap Berry Tree and are sometimes call Soap Berries. Soap Nuts is just a nickname.

Q: I have very sensitive skin and most detergents give me a rash. Can I use Soap Nut detergent?

A: You should have no problem. Soap Nuts are hypoallergenic and reported allergies are extremely rare. Many people with skin problems have reported that after using only Soap Nuts their skin conditions have cleared up. Even people with psoriasis and eczema have reported improvements after using Soap Nuts for just a few months.

Q: What if after using Soap Nuts I am not happy with them?

A: All of our products come with a full 30 day money back warranty.

Q: In today's economy, I don't want to spend extra out of my family budget, even if Soap Nuts are superior in every way to toxic chemical detergents. How expensive are they?

A: Soap nuts cost less than any of the national brands. The average price for Tide is over 20 cents per load. Plus with Tide and Procter & Gamble, it's recommended that you use fabric softener or dryer sheets at an average cost of 5 cents a load for a total cost per load of over 25 cents. The cost of Green Virgin Soap nut products are about 10 cents a load even including delivery to your door. Since Procter & Gamble sells fabric softener and dryer sheets they would lose millions of dollars a year if they offered a detergent that didn't make your clothes feel stiff. It is very easy to make chemical detergents that don't require softeners or dryer sheets. We used to sell them back in the 1980s. Is it possible that Procter & Gamble is purposely adding ingredients to make your clothes feel stiff to force you to buy their fabric softener?

Q: You have mentioned toxic chemicals in chemical detergents, fabric softener or dryer sheets. What are some of the health hazards my family might incur if I continue to use them?

A: Fragranced consumer products are not required to disclose all chemicals on the label or even material safety sheets, not even those that are classified as toxic or hazardous under federal laws. All they have to list is fragrance and they can put anything in your products. The list of diseases that the chemicals in your laundry products are known to cause include cancer, liver damage, headaches, nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, brain and lung edema, kidney failure, central nervous system depression, lung damage, diarrhea, severe irritation of the skin, eyes, mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract infections, damage to the immune system, sudden infant death syndrome and many more. Google "laundry detergent health hazards". You will find many articles, including one by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) that verifies all the above and much more.

Q: What health hazards do I face using Soap Nut products?

A: None, they grow on trees and are totally green.  They have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Some people use them to brush their teeth even though they don't taste good. 

Q: What are your shipping costs?
A: You can view an estimate of shipping costs by viewing your cart and entering your zip code.

Wholesale Soap Nuts

We welcome all wholesale inquiries for our Soap Nut products. Whether you want to buy 5 kilos or 500,000 kilos we will beat any price and supply you with the highest quality Soap Nut products available in the world. Just contact us at info@greenvirginproducts.com or call 813-833-3248