There are a lot of ways to get the benefit of the cleaning power of soapberries. To get started, here are a few easy ways to use them. You will find what best fits your needs and no doubt discover many more uses than are listed here!
Laundry: Place 5 soapberries in a small re-usable cotton or mesh bag (a sock will work), tie closed and place in washer to wash a load of laundry. The nuts may be re-used for up to 5 loads of laundry and do not need to be removed for the rinse cycle. When the shells appear mushy and gray, they can be composted. 1/4 cup of the soap nut liquid can be used for a load of laundry. The soap nuts have an odor slightly like vinegar, but will not leave any odor on the clothes you wash in them. If you desire to have a fragrance, you can add an essential oil.
To make a general purpose cleaner: place the equivalent of 12-15 whole soapberries in about 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes. When cool, compost the shells and store the liquid in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The liquid can be used as a general purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, or hand soap. You can make a powder soap by grinding the desired amount of soap nuts in a coffee grinder.
A video we made about how to use Soapberries.