Laundry can also be done without waste. And it's wonderfully sustainable. The large amount of detergent packaging causes Plastic waste without end. You can wash your laundry sustainably with very simple means and ensure that you leave behind less plastic waste. I'll show you how you can Make detergent yourself can. In the end, I also have a really strong alternative to homemade detergent for you!
Make your own washing powder - here's how
I think the coolest thing is the homemade detergent made from chestnuts! I'm sure some people will be surprised at how easy it is and how wonderfully the natural detergent works. But you can also make your own detergent from curd soap. You will now find brief instructions on how to do this!
Make detergent yourself from chestnuts
September/October is chestnut season! It was so cool to collect chestnuts back then! As you can use them to make your own washing powder, it's now a good reason for adults to go chestnut hunting again! Like ivy, chestnuts contain a lot of saponins, which produce foam and a soap-like liquid in water.
What you need:
- 500 ml container with lid / or a reused detergent bottle
- about 10 chestnuts (collect in autumn and stock up right away!)
- 300-400 ml water
- Kitchen sieve (This set* is ideal)
- Kitchen knife (This kitchen knife* is perfect, but you probably already have one in the kitchen!)
And this is how it works:
- Quarter chestnuts with a knife
- Add to your glass with 300-400 ml of water
- Wait about half a day (put the jar in the light).
- Sieve the resulting liquid
- Application in the detergent compartment of the washing machine
You will notice how it foams when you shake it. Try to shake the detergent vigorously once before each use. After using the homemade chestnut detergent, your laundry will not smell of anything, as we have not added any aromas or fragrances. But that can be freely varied. Chestnuts therefore offer the ideal opportunity to make your own laundry detergent. I recommend that you make proper provisions next fall so that you can make your own detergent for a long time to come. Incidentally, as well as being a washing powder, the liquid is also suitable for other cleaning tasks and as a dishwashing liquid. Try it out!
Make your own detergent from curd soap
What you need:
- Large pot and several bottles or a large container (This pot* is ideal because it is very high)
- Kitchen grater (This kitchen grater* has four different sides)
- Kitchen knife (you should have one!)
- 30 g curd soap (This curd soap* is packed without plastic)
- 4 tablespoons washing soda (Here you can buy washing soda* - Really get some more right away! Alternatively you can get here 500g*)
- 3 drops of essential oil (e.g. this oil*. Basically, however, depending on the desired fragrance)
- 700 ml water
And this is how it works:
- Grate curd soap or cut into very small pieces
- Put water, washing soda and curd soap in a pot
- Stir vigorously (CAUTION: if the pan is shallow, it can quickly foam over)
- Turn on the stove and let the liquid boil
- Add essential oil (after cooling for about a quarter of an hour!)
- Fill the finished detergent into the desired container
Here too, you should shake the detergent vigorously before each use. Unlike chestnut laundry detergent, you can make your own laundry detergent all year round. If you always have chestnuts in stock, you can of course also make chestnut laundry detergent yourself at any time. To use the laundry detergent made from chestnut soap, you should use around 200 ml of the liquid you have made yourself.
Soapnuts - the alternative to homemade detergent
You can make your own detergent, but you can also use another natural product to wash your laundry clean. Soap nuts or the soap tree on which the nuts hang grow in tropical regions. In countries such as India, soap nuts have been used to clean laundry for many centuries. Like chestnuts and ivy, soap nuts also contain many saponins that produce foam. Unlike chestnuts, soap nuts are available all year round. Here you can order them plastic free*. Programs like Galileo have already tested them. The soap nuts clean better than conventional detergents, cost only half as much in the end and are environmentally friendly. They can be used more often and put in the organic waste garbage can after use. No plastic waste is produced and no complex manufacturing process is necessary. I have already tried the soap nuts and think they are really strong.
What you need:
- soap nuts (I use these soap nuts!*)
How to use the soap nuts:
- Take 5-7 half shells of the soap nuts
- Simply place the soap nuts in a small bag (or sock) with the laundry in the washing drum
More information about washing with soap nuts:
- The soap nuts can be used several times. (up to 5 times at low temperatures, up to 3 times at high temperatures)
- The naturally mild substances in soap nuts are suitable for all types of washing
- The soap nuts do not produce a fragrance during washing. You can add a few drops of essential oil* put in the fabric softener compartment of the washing machine
- The soap nuts can also be used for hair and are also suitable as a washing-up liquid, for making liquid soap or for cleaning cars
Make your own detergent or use soap nuts
As you can see, you can do your laundry without plastic waste by making your own detergent or replacing it with soap nuts. Natural & plastic-free. Plasticfree lifestyle without waste is really easy. It can be so easy if we think outside the box and choose the environmentally conscious and sustainable way. Have fun doing your laundry! Feel free to write me a comment or a message with your experiences.
PS: You can also make your own washing-up liquid. Read the article Make your own washing-up liquid through. Have fun!