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Homemade laundry detergent: the ingredients and the procedure to prepare an effective, biodegradable and economical detergent. Practical advice for obtaining an optimal result.
Have you ever read the label of the laundry detergent? Unless you choose an explicitly eco-sustainable product (eyes on the label) you will be faced with a slew of substances derived from chemical synthesis processes, which are irritating to the skin and harmful to health. The detergent you use to wash your clothes and other detergents are products that are unlikely to be dispersed into the environment ... In one way or another they will end up polluting groundwater and soil. In addition, it seems that in recent years even personal and home hygiene products have undergone a considerable increase.
Packaged detergents = Chemicals harmful to the environment = Zero biodegradability = Waste, Pollution and waste of money.
Did you know it is possible prepare homemade laundry detergent? A few pennies are enough to obtain a truly exceptional product, effective against stains, sanitizing and biodegradable. In this article you will find out how prepare homemade laundry detergent in a few simple steps.
Homemade laundry detergent
What you need for make homemade laundry detergent it is really easy to find. You can find Marseille soap in any natural products store or as an alternative to the supermarket (just read the ingredients carefully and check that it is actually Marseille soap without added chemicals). The cost is really modest, about 3 euros per bar of soap, thanks to which you can get a lot of detergent!
Ingredients for the homemade detergent
- 4 liters of water.
- 300 grams of natural Marseille soap.
- 4 generous spoons of bicarbonate.
Procedure for preparing homemade laundry detergent.
- In a large pot, pour all the water.
- Place the pot on a high flame and let it heat up.
- While the water is heating up, open the Marseille soap package and using a grater or a potato peeler cut the tablet to obtain flakes.
- Wait for the water to boil and add the Marseille soap flakes to the pot.
- Turn off the heat and with the help of a large ladle mix the soap so that it melts well.
- Add the 4 tablespoons of bicarbonate (be careful not to burn yourself) and let the mixture cool.
- Once cooled, your homemade laundry detergent is ready to be poured and used!
Note: The more the detergent cools, the more compact the compound will be. To prevent the laundry detergent from being too solid, let it cool in glass jars or plastic trays. Pour the warm mixture and as soon as it cools, blend everything. In this way the detergent will be less harsh and more pasty.
How to use homemade laundry detergent
Homemade laundry detergent: useful tips
The detergent for homemade laundry, as we have anticipated, has a rather compact or in any case pasty consistency. Precisely for this reason it is important that at the time of use you make sure that from the washing machine tray it goes down into the drum (otherwise you would risk finishing the wash and finding yourself with a tray full of detergent!).
How to prepare liquid laundry detergent
If you want to get a less dense result, then a homemade version of the liquid laundry detergent will be enough for you to follow this simple trick. Dissolve two tablespoons of the mixture in a glass of water and pour it into the washing machine. Liquid homemade laundry detergent can be used either in placing it in the detergent tray or directly in the washing machine drum.
How to use liquid and homemade laundry detergent
Homemade laundry detergent can be used like a normal detergent. 2 tablespoons of solution in the washing machine tray will be enough to obtain a truly exceptional wash. The clothes are fresh and fragrant. However, it is good to remember that the degreasing action of the detergent can make clothes slightly stiffer, less soft to the touch. In order to avoid this discomfort, we recommend that you also use a fabric softener (perhaps homemade!) Together with the detergent.