Soap Nuts


Aritha Powder (Sapindus Trifolatus, Soapnut, Reetha Powder)

 Aritha powder, also known as Soapnut, comes from the fruit of the Soapnut tree. The pulp of the fruit contains a high level of saponins that act as natural foaming agents. This powder can be used towash sensitive skin and hair. . It can be used as a face pack to improve facial complexion. It is used as a hair application to make hair shiny and their beautification. It also removes dandruff and lice in hair.

Aritha Powder is a natural cleansing agent  and conditioner recommended by Ayurvedic experts. Hesh Aritha Powder has all the goodness of this natural marvel. When used on skin, the powder cleans the pores and helps the skin breath better. It also improves the texture of skin over a period of usage. As a shampoo, it cleans hair completely. It is specially recommended for washing oily hair.

Aritha tree commonly known as Soapnut tree is wide spread in southern India. The name “Sapindus” reveals the main property of this fruit. It is considered to be the finest natural source of Saponins which have the ability to clean. It is documented in Ayurvedic system & used for thousands of years by locals for washing & cleansing purposes.
Rich in vegetable detergent saponins, Aritha is a natural as a washing & cleansing agent. It is an effective but gentle cleanser. Even today locals use it as a natural shampoo & body wash. Often other extracts based on their property are added to Aritha extract to enhance the shampoo & create a truly personal product. Aritha Extract is available in aqueous (water / propylene glycol) or in a dry powder form. The dry form is more popular as it is used mixed in water on an as needed basis. The dry extract tends to harden & darken in storage however it readily dissolves in water.
Other uses: Fine silks & wool carpets are usually cleaned with Aritha extract as is silver & gold jewelry. Anytime when mild effective cleansing that does not damage the product is required the locals will use Aritha extract for cleansing. Fruits & vegetable wash: A ten minute soak in Soapnut solution is considered to remove most of the surface pesticides & chemical residues from fresh produce. Aritha is used as a natural surfactant for Neem oil which is used to spray crops. Ayurveda recommends use of Aritha paste to apply for quick relief from insect bites.

Aritha -Soapnut for your Loundry.

Soap nuts or Soapberry, also sometimes referred to as Washing Nuts or Ritha / Reetha (in Hindi), contain ‘Saponins’, which have the ability to clean and wash.  When in contact with water, it creates a mild suds, which is similar to soap.

For hundreds of years, people in India and Nepal have been doing their laundry and cleaning with Soapnuts  The nut is the dried fruit of the Ritha tree and the saponin released is a 100% substitute to normal detergents..

Soap nuts can be used for cleaning basically anything, from washing clothes, 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 colours bright, maintaining fabric structure of your clothes for longer periods.  It can be used on all fabrics and at all temperatures.

Soap nuts 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.

Soap nuts are both Ecological and Economical when compared to other forms of detergents.

A brief on the Benefits of using soapnuts:

• Clearly cheaper than normal detergents.
• Environment friendly as soapnuts are 100% natural, they do not pollute our environment. Furthermore, soapnuts are considered renewable primary products. The soapnut trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.
• Perfect for allergic persons, people with sensitive skin and people who suffer from neurodermatitis.
• Effective and gentle as Soapnuts clean dirty laundry very effectively and at the same time preserve the colour of your laundry better than chemical detergents. In Nepal, people wash even the finest silks using soapnuts.
• 100% biodegradable.  Simply add the used soapnuts directly to your compost heap.



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.

Just to name a few of these toxic chemicals:

Phenols:  Toxic, suspect carcinogenic.  Rapidly absorbed. Effects include swelling, pimples, and hives. Internal consumption can cause circulatory collapse, cold sweats, coma, and death. Optical brighteners: Skin allergy, toxic to fish and can cause bacterial mutations. Phosphates: Environmental hazard causing excessive growth in aquatic plants  which leads to the suffocation of fish & underwater life.  EDTA: Skin irritant leading to allergies, asthma, and skin rashes. Does not bio degrade readily.   Environment hazard.  Artificial fragrances: Toxic effects on fish and mammals, Often cause allergies, skin and eye irritation.  Do not easily bio-degrade in the environment.   Ammonia: Can cause burns, cataracts & corneal damage.  Long term repeated exposure can cause bronchitis and pneumonia.  Also has a toxic effect on plants, animals and fish.  Sodium Sulfate: Corrosive. Severe eye, skin, and respiratory irritant.  Can cause  asthma attacks.

Disclaimer: The information presented herein  is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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