Most industrial detergents today contain chemicals that are harmful to health and to nature. Ultra simple to manufacture, respectful of the environment, effective for detach the laundry, healthy for the skin of the whole family – even babies – and inexpensive, home laundry is really good!
What soaps should I choose for my homemade laundry?
- For the Marseille soap laundry, be careful to choose the right product. Always prefer a soap without glycerin to avoid solidification and choose a green color, without palm oil.
- A great degreaser, the black knowledge consists of vegetable oils (such as olive oil). It can be in liquid or paste form. It can be bought in organic stores, bulk grocery stores, DIY stores and many supermarkets.
Finished, the scent of industrial perfume on the clean laundry. Clothes washed with homemade detergent will not smell much. Clean laundry is odorless.
For scented laundry, it is always possible to place aromatic herbs (lavender or a bunch of rosemary) directly in the wardrobe.
If you really want to get a scented laundry out of the machine, opt for essential oils. You can add 15 drops of lemon, orange or grapefruit essential oil for two liters of homemade laundry. As a precaution, it is better to avoid essential oil if you are washing baby clothes.
Homemade laundry: how much does it cost?
DIY laundry comes down to nearly € 0.40 per liter for black soap detergent or near € 0.67 per liter for washing with Marseille soap, against around € 3 per liter of detergent in the store.
Three DIY laundry recipes
The simplest :
- Put three tablespoons of black soap in the bottom of an empty bottle. add a liter of hot water.
- Mix until you get a homogeneous liquid.
The best known :
- Melt 50 g of Marseille soap flakes in a liter of hot water.
- Add a tablespoon of baking soda.
- Mix then pour into an empty bottle.
The least expensive :
- Pick up a big handful of ivy leaves, without the stem. If you have sensitive skin, handle ivy with gloves.
- Rinse the leaves and cut them to release the saponin, the molecules that give ivy its foaming and washing properties.
- Place in a saucepan with a 1 liter of water, bring to a boil and let boil gently for 15 minutes. Leave to macerate for 12 to 24 hours.
- Filter the preparation and collect the liquid.
Ivy detergent does not keep much, maximum three weeks and always in the fridge.
Detergents with black soap and Marseille soap can be kept several months in a dry place.
As with any household product, it is essential to put a label on the bottle in order to clearly identify the contents and not risk a domestic accident.
What about the natural stain remover?
Before starting the machine, take the time to pre-detach the laundry. Rub with percarbonate of soda (ideal for white laundry), from the land of Sommières (perfect for greasy stains) or Marseille soap (traces of blood or food).