I love soapberries. If you don’t know a lot about them, check out this blog. They grow on a tree, are completely biodegradable and can be used for cleaning and body care purposes. Yes, you can throw a few soapberries into a bag and run up to five loads of washing, but making a ‘stock’ like this one just makes these little berries all the more versatile and loveable!


Makes: 1.2 lt  Prep time: 30-60 min.


• 5-6 soapberries
• 1.25 lt water

Extra equipment required

Muslin cloth or nut milk bag


1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan and heat until boiling (leave lid on), then reduce temperature and simmer for 20 minutes (with lid partially off).
2. Allow mixture to cool (with lid on).
3. Strain liquid through a muslin cloth or nut milk bag over a clean bowl, squeezing soapberry shells before discarding (in your garden).
4. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Wash clothes – add 1 cup of stock to your washing machine and run your usual cycle.
Wash dishes – add ½ cup to a sink of running water.
Clean surfaces – add liquid to a spray bottle with a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus essential oil and spray onto surfaces, before wiping over.
Shampoo hair – massage ½ cup into wet hair and rinse.

Recipe Notes

Leaving the lid on prevents excessive evaporation, but it is imperative you ensure the liquid doesn’t boil over (when this happens, it happens with a vengeance!).
If you are after a stronger concentration of soapberry stock, increase the number of soapberries to 10-15, or halve the amount of water. I like to keep stock in the fridge between uses.
Watch me make some here!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger


Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 80,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids.

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