That Red House: Organic, Sustainable, Zero-waste

That Red House: Organic, Sustainable, Zero-waste

That Red House specialises in zero-waste laundry products. They make and sell Soapberries, Wool Dryer Balls, and laundry Tonics. Their website also provides detailed DIY recipes for other household cleaning products.


On our website you can see that Soapberries come in a lovely calico drawstring bag. But what are they? Let’s go right to the source: “Soapberries are the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree. The fruit is picked, the seed removed and the shell dried. This dried shell is full of a substance called 'Saponins' which are a natural soap. Saponins reduce the surface tension of water, releasing dirt and grime from fabrics and surfaces. The tree grows in the Himalayan region of the world and the berries are used for many different cleaning applications. They are naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal and hypoallergenic.” (That Red House)

How to use:

Put 4-5 soapberries in the small drawstring bag provided, and place in the drum of the washing machine along with your clothes. The soapberries work well in cold or hot water. They are particularly effective in hot water. Remove the wet soapberry drawstring bag from the drum of the machine directly after the load has finished. It is best not to let the wet berries remain in direct contact with clothes for extended periods of time. Those 4-5 berries will effectively wash up to 5 loads. After about 5 loads of washing the berries will feel crumbly inside the bag and it is time to throw them on the garden or into the compost. For further information about soapberries see the extensive and detailed FAQ page at That Red House.

Wool Dryer Balls

Now, Wool Dryer Balls were just as much a mystery as soapberries before That Red House made it all clear. Wool Dryer Balls assist your dryer by speeding up the dry cycle, help distribute heat, absorb moisture, and reduce wrinkles in clothes. The big plus is reduced energy usage over time; better for the pocket, better for the Earth. If you’re someone who uses dryer sheets or know someone who does, then this is the perfect zero-waste alternative for you. Recommend to a friend these organic and all-natural dryer aids from That Red House.

Laundry Tonics

That Red House also sell Laundry Tonics made from 100% essential oils to add to your wash or dry cycle. Soapberries and Wool Dryer Balls are non-fragrant and so That Red House provides scent for those who want it in their Laundry Tonics. Add a drop or two to your Soapberries or Wool Dryer Balls for some beautifully scented washing. Their scents range from ‘Earth Spice’ (sounds like it might contain cinnamon!) to ‘Sweet Orange’ (for something light and fresh) catering for a variety of tastes. These Laundry Tonics will leave your sheets and shirts smelling sweet and fresh, and are perfectly harmless to those with sensitive skin.


That Red House also provides a list of home recipes to try, encouraging consumers to take on responsibility for the earth. Making your own cleaning products is incredibly rewarding and builds up skills and knowledge about natural resources. The way forward is non-chemical and That Red House empowers its customers towards better human-earth relationship.

A Cheer for That Red House!

A side note, but also an important one: That Red House supports Open Heart International, an Australian charity that does vital work in Nepal in the area of women's health (Nepal is home to the Himalayas, where the soapberries are harvested). Open Heart International “offer life changing surgery to women who suffer from two painful and debilitating conditions that continue to plague women of developing countries; uterine prolapse and obstetric fistula” (That Red House). That Red House contributes to Open Heart International by sponsoring surgeries and donating a portion of every soapberry bag sold!
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