After your enthusiasm for the tips on naturally cleaning your bathroom with vinegar, baking soda and lemon I think you guys are gonna LOVE this post! I’ll start with a confession. I was super skeptical when I was asked to try soapberries. Haven’t heard of them? Neither had I. But I’m so glad I know about them now.
What is a Soapberry?
Soapberries are actual berries that contain saponin, which is a natural surfactant, the active ingredient in soaps that separate the dirt, oils and such from your clothes. Thanks to saponin, these natural little berries are capable of cleaning your dishes, your laundry, your windows and much more without a single chemical. And I’m about to show you the proof.
I decided to put my bag of soapberries to the test in 3 ways. First I dropped 2 soapberries into a spray bottle and mixed them with 8 oz of warm water to make a general cleaning solution. I shook the bottle up a little and used the natural solution to tackle an embarrassingly dirty built in bench in my kitchen. This bench is probably the most used piece of furniture in our home. It sits around our kitchen table where we do school every day, where we eat, where we play cards, where we color, you get the idea. And my sweet little boys love to stand on it, rather than sit, so it is covered in dirty little foot prints, hand prints, and yes, some food. After preparing the mix, all I did was spray it directly onto the bench and wipe it down. I think it’s clear from the photo below where I tried the soapberry solution and how it worked. It cut right through the dirt. After taking this photo, I went back and cleaned the whole bench, which now looks fabulous.
Next, I mixed up a second solution to tackle the dirt and streaks on my windows and mirrors. I dropped 2 soapberries into a clean spray bottle, mixed in 8 oz of warm water and 1 3/4 tablespoons of white vinegar. Below are the before and after photos from my back door, which the kids open with their hands as they run in and out from the backyard.
My final test was a load of laundry. I wasn’t taking it easy on the remaining soapberries. I needed to wash two large blankets from our recent beach trip, both of which had been sitting in the laundry room under wet towels for two weeks! They smelled like a musty mix of seashells and sunscreen. I dropped the remaining 5 soapberries into the provided muslin drawstring bag, tied it shut and tossed them in the wash with the blankets. A photo can’t really do this justice since they haven’t invented smell-o-vision yet, but I will tell you that the blankets came out of the dryer fluffy, clean and smelling fresh. The reality is they basically had no smell at all, which I personally love. I couldn’t smell the musty old beach odor and I also didn’t smell any fragrances or chemicals. That’s exactly what I want from a clean load of laundry. Soapberries can be used over and over again in the wash until they are broken up and have lost their luster. That’s when you know it’s time to replace them.
I didn’t have time (or enough soapberries) to try some of the other recipes that come with these cool little natural cleansers. But you can grind them up to make a cleaning powder, which can be turned into dish soap or floor cleaner. You can also use them to clean jewelry. Because they’re natural and contain no preservatives, you want to use any liquid soapberry solutions in 3-4 days.
I was truly impressed with the soapberries and I will be ordering more to use around the house. If you’d like to give soapberries a try visit So Berry Clean. A 4 oz bag is $9.95 and will wash approximately 60 loads of laundry. Of course, you can use them for lots of other things as shown above.
What do you think? Have you used or would you like to try soapberries?
*I was given a bag of soapberries free to try. I was under no obligation to write about them and all opinions are my own.