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Lil' Bit Soap Nuts 250g

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'Soap Berries', 'Soap Nuts' or 'Soap Shells' are nuts harvested from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree which grows mostly in Nepal. The shell of the fruit / nut has a very high concentration of saponin, which is a natural soap!

The natural way to wash your clothes, your pet and keep the pests off your plants!

‌Made by Lil' Bit to make the world a lil' bit better! 

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'Soap Berries', 'Soap Nuts' or 'Soap Shells' are nuts harvested from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree which grows mostly in Nepal. The shell of the fruit / nut has a very high concentration of saponin, which is a natural soap!

The natural way to wash your clothes!

The nuts are:

  • Organic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Unscented
  • Biodegradable
  • Compostable
  • Naturally Antibacterial
  • Naturally Antifungal
  • Multipurpose


Lil'Soap nuts come with a small, reusable calico bag - you add 4 - 5 soap nut shells to it, pull the drawstring tight and toss in your wash.

This bag can be used up to 5 times before the nuts can be tossed into the compost heap or garden. The nuts will start to go 'mushy' after a lot of washes so it is recommended to replace them after the 5th wash.

After your wash, remove the bag of soap nuts and let them dry, or use them again right away if you’re doing another load.


Are you ready for this? 

So, when you buy a 250g bag, you get approx 200 nuts / shells which equates to 40 small bags. At 5 loads per bag that's 200 washes costing around 12c per wash as apposed to approx 26c for commercial detergents!

After your wash, remove the bag of soap nuts and let them dry, or use them again right away if you’re doing another load.


Lil'Soap Nuts contain natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and, as they are organically grown and hypoallergenic they are great for those with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as sensitive skin.

Lil'Bit's 100% Organic Natural Soap Nuts engage in Fair Trade practice with their supplier, whose family are part of the communities who harvest the soapnuts. Although grown and harvested overseas, these Nuts are bought from an Australian Wholesaler.


Liquid Concentrate:

Place 100 grams of soapnuts with 3 litres of water in a large saucepan or stock pot (this will make 2 litres of liquid - you can make smaller amounts by using 2 cups of water and 4-6 nuts).

Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for an hour or so. Strain the liquid through cloth and compost the nuts.

The concentrate will have a slightly watery consistency and small dense suds. It does not contain foaming agents and thickeners like chemical detergents do, but it still has the cleaning power!

To thicken the concentrate, add a little cornflour (try 1 teaspoon in 1 tablespoon boiling water, then add to liquid concentrate) or organic glycerine.

Soapnut liquid concentrate has approximately a 2 week shelf life on the kitchen bench, or at least a month in the refrigerator. The addition of an antibacterial oil, such as eucalyptus oil, will extend the shelf life even more.

Veggie and Plant Pest Spray

The thin liquid can be put into a spray bottle and used as a pest spray - it really works! The Lil'Bit maker says she has had no nibbles on her cabbages and kale for the first time ever!

Pet Shampoo

It is best added to a 'squeeze sauce' bottle and applied to fur, then massaged in and rinsed.


My Soap Nuts look like they have been crushed. Are they meant to be like this?

Yes, the Lil' Bit Soap Nuts are all cracked and broken up. This happens in harvesting as the nut is dried, it splits in two.

They are also broken up further when being cleaned so they release more of the chemical 'Saponin' which will make them suds up when you use them. 

Many stay whole-ish but most are broken. Perfectly normal.

Is Lil' Bit products safe to use around babies, children & pets?

Children, especially babies can be very sensitive to the different chemicals found in everyday cleaning products, especially if they are prone to allergies or asthma. Because children spend 80% to 90% of their time indoors, and on the floor, cleaning products can pose a HUGE health risks to them.

Household cleaning products can add to indoor air pollution in many ways:

  • - Commerical cleaning products send all sorts of toxins out into the air.
  • - Residue left on indoor surfaces (like the floors and tables) can be easily ingested.

Strong chemicals and poisons used in so many cleaning products are far too strong and unnecessary for the domestic home – although great if you work in a lab!

Many of these products can even be corrosive (burning holes in clothes and even eat away at the skin) and are marked with hazard symbols, but these warnings are only used for the most dangerous ingredients.

This is a big problem because:

  • - Many more chemicals are used that aren't as deadly but can still make you sick and harm the overall health of you an your family.
  • - Most haven't been fully tested for safety (for long-term, low-level, and multiple-exposures)
  • - Some may be harmful to children at different stages of development.

Lil’Bit cleaning products are made with the highest quality ingredients and many of a food grade standard. Certified Organic and 100% Natural, you can be sure that your family is safe from nasty chemicals and in turn protected from germs and grime.

​Protect the little ones in the family – even your pets will be better off!

What Lil' Bit left out

The chemicals that most supermarket home cleaning products use – even the ones that claim to be eco friendly! You can feel a Lil’ Bit Better knowing that you are keeping these nasties out of the environment and away from your family.

Ammonium Hydroxide 

Found In: Cream Cleaners

Although Ammonia occurs naturally, it is usually made synthetically. It is highly soluble in water and reacts with acids to form ammonium salts.

Environmental Impact: Produced from decaying organic matter and from human and animal waste but when it enters waterways, it becomes toxic to fish and other aquatic creatures.

Health Concerns / Benefits: When using ammonia over a long period, it can cause health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. It can cause eye, nose and throat irritations, and can burn skin when in direct contact.

Chlorine / Bleach

Found In: Cream Cleaners, Toilet Cleaners, Dishwasher Tablets / Powders, Disinfecting and All Purpose Sprays.

Environmental Impact: Once it leaves your drain, it forms ‘organochlorines’ which are highly toxic to fish and aquatic life.

Health Concerns / Benefits: It can not only burn your skin but also cause damage to your lungs when inhaled and has been known be disrupt the thyroid.

Coal Tar Dyes

Found In: Cream Cleaners, Dish Soap, Glass Cleaner, Disinfecting and All Purpose Sprays.

Environmental Impact: Made from petrochemicals, which contain trace amounts of heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium and lead.

Health Concerns / Benefits: Synthetic dyes have been linked to various cancers and are known to affect the nervous system. These dyes can easily be absorbed through skin or even eaten when soap residue is left on dishes.

Fragrance Chemicals

Found In: Pretty much everything that has a scent.

Did you know that more than 3000 chemicals are used in commercial fragrances.

Health Concerns / Benefits: Many of these trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma attacks. Some synthetic odours can also affect the endocrine system and can interfere with hormones.

MEA (Monoethanalomine), DEA (Diethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)

Found In: Glass Cleaners and Dish Soaps

Environmental Impact: Shown to be harmful to fish and other aquatic life causing long-term damage to these environments.

Health Concerns / Benefits: Can have a reaction with nitrites to cause carcinogenic nitrosamines. Nitrates are present in the preservatives and can be found in some water sources. Studies in animals have shown the liver, kidney, blood, and central nervous system (CNS) are greatly affected from excess exposure to diethanolamine. These chemicals are banned in Europe.

Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs)

Found In: Toilet Cleaners, Deodorisers and Air Fresheners

Environmental Impact: Can cause adverse reproductive effects in fish and other aquatic organisms.

Health Concerns / Benefits: NPE’s degrade into other chemicals called nonylphenols (NPs), which can mimic the hormone oestrogen and has been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells.


Found In: Cream Cleaners, Dish Soaps and Dishwasher Tablets / Powders

Environmental Impact: This is actually a fertilizer when it's in water, so high levels, promote awful algal blooms and increase weed growth – clogging water treatment plant filtration systems, waterways and stifling oxygen levels which is bad news for turtles, fish and frogs.

Health Concerns / Benefits: Some kinds of algae blooms are toxic to land animals and people who drink the water.


Found In: Cream Cleaners, Dish Soaps, Dishwasher Tablets/Powders, Toilet Cleaners, Glass Cleaners, All Purpose/Disinfectant Sprays, Deodorisers and Room Sprays, Leather Cleaners

Health Concerns / Benefits: WARNING – Men with higher phthalate compounds found in their blood also had a reduced sperm count, according to a study conducted by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through smelling, we can also absorb them through skin via scented soaps.

Polishing Particles / Micro beads

Found In: Cream Cleaners, Glass Cleaners

So many crème cleansers contain micro plastics – they have been found in all oceans on earth and even under Arctic sea ice.

Environmental Impact: James Cook University found species of corals starving because they ate the tiny beads, which completely clogged their digestive tract. These plastics also absorb many toxic chemicals and act like sponges – so if the sponge is eaten by a small animal such a plankton, and a whale or other creature eats a million plankton, the poor whale eats tones of the stuff. It can go the whole way up the food chain and take centuries to degrade.

Quarternary Ammonium Compounds (QUATS/QAC's)

Found In: Cream Cleaners and All Purpose/Disinfectant Sprays

Environmental Impact: This chemical helps breed antibiotic resistant bacteria and is very toxic to fish. Not Biodegradable.

Health Concerns / Benefits: Products labelled 'Antibacterial' usually have Quats lurking inside them. A type of antimicrobial, the Quats help breed antibiotic resistant bacteria. Also irritates and sensitizes skin, causes allergies, and can trigger asthma.

Silica powder

Found In: Cream Cleaners

Health Concerns / Benefits: WARNING – The International Agency for Research on Cancer has dubbed this as a proven carcinogen.

Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate Dihydrate 

Found In: Cream Cleaners, Toilet Cleaners and Air Fresheners

Environmental Impact: Toxic to aquatic life and might even cause permanent damage to these ecosystems.

Health Concerns / Benefits: Severe eye soreness and repertory upsets and can burn your eyes and mouth.

Sodium Hydroxide (also known as lye and caustic soda)

Found In: Cream Cleaners and Toilet Cleaners

Environmental Impact: In 2005, a large spill of concentrated sodium hydroxide in the Cheakamus River Canyon, USA, killed virtually all the fish in the river. Sad.

Health Concerns / Benefits: Highly corrosive and can burn the eyes, skin and lungs, a bad respiratory irritant. Long-term exposure in the air can lead to ulcers up your nose.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Found In: Toilet Cleaners, Dish Soaps and Shampoos

SLS and SLES are surfactants added to detergents and many household products to make bubbles and foam and can be listed on labels as over 150 different names.

Environmental Impact: Not only pollutes ground water, in turn bio-accumulating in the waterways and therefore in aquatic animals, it also gets into our drinking water. Also commonly used as a pesticide and herbicide and denied use in organic farming practices do to its toxicity and environmental impact. The manufacturing of these chemicals is also highly polluting and pumps tones of particles containing other nasty chemicals such as sulphur compounds, up into the air.

Health Concerns / Benefits: Skin irritant and possible carcinogen and may also affect development. Studies by the University of Georgia have shown that SLS’ can actually permeate the brain, eyes, liver and heart.


Found In: Cream Cleaners and All Purpose/Disinfecting Sprays

Environmental Impact: Very toxic to aquatic life causing long-term damage to these ecosystems. Triclosan can react in the environment to form dioxins (A group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants), which are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer. Dioxins accumulate and are an anti-microbial agent, excess use by society is actually contributing to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and that’s bad news.

Health Concerns / Benefits: Endocrine disrupter that can interfere with hormones and irritate skin and eyes.

2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE) and Glycol Eithers

Found In: Glass Cleaners & Paint Thinners

Environmental Impact: Can cause pulmonary adenoma, sore throats, even liver and kidney damage and has been shown to cause liver cancer in some animals.

Health Concerns / Benefits: Cuts through the grease on your pots and pans and can damage the reproductive system; overexposure can cause anaemia, eye, nose and throat irritations and are also used in paint thinners.

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