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Make your own detergent from nature!

I quit six years ago conventional detergent to buy. The reason for this was, on a more hidden level, my ecotussi attitude - at least that's what my husband claims. In fact, I was pregnant with number 1 and that Smell of detergent powder from the supermarket turned my stomach. I saved myself reading the ingredients. Instead, I switched to Laundry detergents from nature.

Since then, I've been walking the world with my eyes open (and my nose clear).

The soap nut as a detergent from nature

Soap nuts can be bought in many health food stores and drug stores. A practical cotton sack comes with the pack. This can also be in the laundry and ensures that the general dirt is removed. A wonderful side effect is that the laundry doesn't smell of anything. Thumbs up!

However, the soapnut has a huge catch

We have 1 kg of soap nuts available for as little as € 11. With such a quantity, write the manufacturers, up to 330 wash loads are possible. That corresponds to just under 4ct per wash. That seems to be very cheap for us and in theory also very environmentally friendly, as they are picked directly from the soapnut tree in Asia and peeled for washing. So wonderful as a detergent from nature!

Soapnut practice is as follows

  • The way from its origin to us is almost 7000 km. What the soapnut has in terms of environmental friendliness, it loses again due to the transport. The pollution ends up (hopefully only) in the air, not in our groundwater.
  • The soapnut is traditionally used in India for washing and cleaning, especially by poor families. However, since the nuts are exported to the West, the Indians can no longer afford it. You'll have to resort to cheaper, toxic laundry detergents from the supermarket. In other words, exactly the fabrics that we want to do without ecotusses.

Chestnut as a detergent from nature

We in Europe also have our soapnuts: in our country the chestnut tree grows up to 25 meters high and bears the brown ones every year Chestnutsthat make up wonderful laundry detergent can arise. You can find them everywhere in autumn. You collect them fresh and cut them into small pieces. Put 10 chestnuts in a glass of water, preferably overnight. This detergent is used like ordinary things: It goes into the detergent compartment. The laundry gets clean because of the saponins in the chestnut.

Utopia explains in more detail how to make detergent from chestnuts.

Chestnuts also have a disadvantage: they cannot remove really stubborn dirt and stains. I still use a laundry ball * for a better wash effect.

It is also possible to chop chestnuts and dry them in the oven. So you can get a large supply in autumn. Anyone who reads here regularly knows how much I like supplies.

Birthe has had very bad experiences when she tried to air dry chestnuts. So please use the oven!

Ivy leaves as a natural detergent

If you run out of chestnuts during the winter and spring, he'll make it evergreen ivy Remedy. Its green leaves also contain saponins.

You can either put 15 sheets in a laundry bag directly to wash or you can also make a brew. The 15 ivy leaves are placed in a screw-top jar and 200 ml of boiling water are poured over them. The liquid is stirred for a few minutes until foam forms. The washing stock can now be used immediately.

Nurrosa explains the process clearly with pictures.

Here, too, I would put a laundry ball in the laundry drum.

Ash as a detergent from nature

We have a wood stove and use it to heat the house all winter. This purchase was definitely worth it, as we felled 5 old, very large trees before we built our house. It is fantastic that you Make good detergent from ashes from untreated wood can.

For this I take 200 g of cold ash and 1 liter of hot or boiling water. Or you are as lazy as me and use the normal, cold tap water. I'll stir it up well and let it stand for a day. Then I sift the liquid through a gauze diaper so that no ash residue remains in the detergent. That would reduce the washing effect a bit, to say the least. Ash residues in the clothes are just as annoying as handkerchiefs that were washed with them.

I have only had good experiences so far. This laundry detergent is my all time favorite. Our ash supply lasts a long time even at the end of the heating season.

Cost balance for detergents from nature

Because regional it really doesn't work anymore!

  • The chestnut brew only requires costs for the electricity. So if you dry several kilos of nuts all at once, it hardly matters.
  • Ivy leaves can be found all year round. Maybe you should talk to your neighbor beforehand before you pick the leaves from the wall of your house.
  • Ash accumulates especially in the winter months. Anyone who owns an ash bin can keep the ashes in it for several months.

Additive to natural detergent

I personally add a few tablespoons of washing soda to the detergent, regardless of the basic element, depending on the size of the container. This is also natural and gives the detergent additional washing strength. Small update on the side: I meanwhile leave out the washing soda. I just can't find them without plastic wrapping. Do you have tipps for me? But the detergent from nature does not actually need it!

For years I have completely done without industrial detergents and have never had to hear that my clothes are dirty or smelly. The detergent does not remove stubborn stains, and white laundry does not stay pure white and bright. Neither bother me at all, however, because I neither wear white clothes - with two children that would be really risky - nor have absolutely soiled laundry. The children's clothes can be soaked beforehand. If they are not completely soiled every time, the stains will come out after about 3 washes.

Doesn't the washing machine break with this detergent?

Because that is exactly what was claimed by Stiftung Warentest. Our washing machine is 10 years old, has its quirks and for 7 years I have only been washing with homemade detergent.

These quirks are as follows:

  • We once had to replace this rubber sealing ring because a piece broke out and the water was suddenly in the kitchen.
  • Some cable regularly annoys my godly husband and has to be soldered on again and again.
  • Once we had to change something with coal. (Please don't ask me anything technical, I have no idea)

Repair costs so far: approx. 50 euros.

So is it because of the detergent or the cables and accessories that the washing machine breaks? Make your own picture about it!

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