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Soapwort: Nature's Very Own Cleaning Herb

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Soapwort: Nature's Very Own Cleaning Herb
Could this pretty soap plant be growing in your garden?

If you’re looking for natural and effective alternatives to harsh chemical-laden cleaning products, look no further—soapwort is here! Soapwort is a natural plant extract used to make soap and other all-natural cleaning products. In fact, it’s the secret ingredient in Elva's All Naturals 1 CLEANER All-in-One Cleaner, LOVELY Laundry Wash and SQUEAK Dish Soap. Read on to learn more about Mother Nature's very own amazing cleaning herb!  

🌸What is Soapwort?

Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) is a flowering perennial herb native to Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. It also goes by some other names, including scourwort, hedge pink, soapweed and fuller’s herb. It has odd-pinnate leaves and long stems with pink or purple flowers that bloom in the summertime, making it a popular choice in many gardens due to its hearty nature, pretty appearance and ability to attract bees and butterflies.

It has been used as a natural cleaner since ancient times because the leaves, rootstock, shoots and stems of this plant contains saponins—natural cleansing agents similar to those found in soap and commercial detergents. Saponins are substances that help break down oils and dirt.

When crushed into a paste, mixed with boiling water and strained, soapwort creates a foamy lather that can be used as an effective cleaning solution, or even shampoo! Since you can easily find and grow this herb right in your garden, you can even try making your own natural cleaners from home! It also contains antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that make it ideal for cleaning naturally. 

Soapwort natural soap foam


🌸Why Use Soapwort?

"Use what your Mama Earth gave you"

We want our homes to sparkle without compromising the health of our families or the environment. That’s why I was so excited when I learned about soapwort! This incredible plant is not only gentle and effective, but cleans like a dream.

Since ancient times, soapwort herb has been used for as a natural way to clean clothes, dishes, and surfaces without harsh chemicals or toxins. It’s made from the roots of a pretty wildflower called Saponaria officinalis, which contains saponins that help dissolve dirt and grime without leaving any soapy residue behind. This makes it a perfect all-natural surfactant (or "surface-active agent") and replacement to harsh chemicals and petrochemical ingredients, because when added to a liquid, it reduces its surface tension, thereby increasing its spreading and wetting propertiesThis makes it perfect as an ingredient in all natural household cleaners like Elva's All Naturals 1 CLEANER All-in-One Cleaner.

(Side note: People cleaned and did laundry for thousands of years before the advent of industrial petrochemicals and man-made toxic lab chemicals. Just like the invention of plastic, not everything man-made in the name of "progress" is good for us or the planet in the long run!!).

Soapwort also makes an excellent alternative to traditional laundry detergents because it is gentle on fabrics while still getting clothes clean. It also doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or fragrances so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. Plus, soapwort is gentle enough to use on delicate fabrics without any damage, even cashmere and silk!

Unlike conventional cleaners that contain harsh chemicals like ammonia or bleach which can be toxic when inhaled or touched, soapwort has no such danger associated with it. Additionally, soapwort is biodegradable so it helps keep the environment clean while still getting the job done! 

Lastly, due to the surfactant properties and its high saponin content, soapwort is excellent at cutting grease. That's why you'll find it as the key ingredient in our dish soap.


🌸The Benefits of Using Soapwort

Soapwort has many benefits over traditional chemical cleansers. It’s non-toxic and 100% biodegradable, making it much safer for both you and the environment than harsh chemical detergents. It’s also gentle enough to use on delicate fabrics like silk and wool, which can be damaged by abrasive cleaners. And since it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances, you don’t have to worry about any unpleasant odors lingering in your home after using a soapwort cleaning product.

The best part about using soapwort is its gentleness—it won't dry out your skin or irritate your eyes like other harsh cleaning products can. Plus, since it’s all-natural, you don’t have to worry about exposing yourself or your family to any toxic chemicals when you use it. And if that weren't enough: because this plant came straight from nature, it will return to nature and fully biodegrade naturally after it is used or goes down the drain.  

🌸Why Elva's All Naturals?

At Elva's All Naturals, we believe that everyone should have access to safe and effective cleaning products that are kind to the environment. That’s why our cleaning products are made with only natural ingredients like soapwort extract and essential oils—no harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances. Our all-in-one universal cleaner, dish soap and laundry soaps are powerful enough to tackle tough messes, yet gentle enough for every day use around your home. Plus, they smell great thanks to their natural botanical scents! 

🌸Elva’s All Naturals Products Containing Soapwort: Laundry, Dish Soap and All-Purpose

We offer three all-natural products specifically formulated with soapwort: 1 CLEANER All-in-One Cleaner, LOVELY Laundry Wash, and SQUEAK Dish Soap. We created these products to help you clean smarter—by harnessing the power of natural ingredients like soapwort—so you can feel confident about what you are using in your home! With our all-natural cleaning solutions made from plant-based ingredients like soapwort and essential oils, you can trust that our products are safe for you and your family as well as the environment. This also means that they are septic and grey-waters safe!

Soapwort-based cleaners by Elva's All Naturals

At Elva’s All Naturals, we understand that cleaning your home should not come at the cost of exposing yourself and your family to harsh and hazardous chemicals. That is why all of our products are made using natural ingredients, like soapwort! 


Soapwort has been used as a natural cleaner since ancient times due to its remarkable cleansing agents similar to those found in commercial detergents as well as its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. That is why at Elva’s All Naturals we have chosen to use soapwort in our all-natural cleaning solutions - so that people who care about eliminating chemicals from their home and the environment have access to quality cleaning solutions they can trust.

As eco-conscious people, finding ways to keep our homes clean without sacrificing safety is always top of mind. With soapwort, we finally have a natural option that does just that! Not only is it gentle and non-toxic, but it's also extremely effective at removing dirt and grime from almost any surface. What’s more – because it’s all-natural, there’s no risk of polluting our rivers or streams when it goes down the drain. If you want an easy way to keep your home clean without using harsh chemicals – try soapwort, you won't regret it!

So there you have it--nature's very own cleaning solution! Using soapwort not only helps reduce your environmental footprint but also keeps your family safe from harsh chemicals found in traditional cleaners and laundry detergents. I hope this blog post has inspired you to give this age-old herbal cleaning remedy a try!