Making your own laundry has many advantages: it’s very easy, economical, and ecological! Whether you are a beginner or a Zero Waste expert, doing your own laundry is useful and accessible to everyone! The homemade laundry can be used for hand washing as well as for machine washing.
- Heat-resistant metal bowl or saucepan (3 litres or more)
- Kettle, water heater
- whisk, tablespoon
- 1 bottle or old washing powder canister (2 litres or more)
Ingredients for 2 litres of liquid detergent
- 2 litres of water (1 litre + 1 litre)
- 35 g of real Marseille soap
- 35 g of liquid black soap
- 2 tablespoons of soda crystals
- Optional: a few drops of essential oil (lemon, lavender…)
- Boil 1 litre of water.
- Grate the soap into a container, add the black soap and pour boiling water into the mixture.
- Let stand for a few minutes, then stir until the soap is dissolved. Add 1 litre of tap water (cold).
- Add the soda crystals, mix and leave to cool for a few hours.
- Put the detergent in a canister. If desired, scent with essential oil.
- If the detergent thickens too much, it can be diluted with a little bit of water the next day.
- Shake the canister well before each use. Use this detergent in the same dosage as any other detergent.
For very dirty laundry:
You can rub the Marseille soap directly on the stains by moistening it with water. It is an excellent stain remover.
You can also add 2 tablespoons of Sodium Percarbonate (solid hydrogen peroxide, made from natural raw materials) in the drum of the machine.
For the softener:
Alcohol vinegar is perfect as a fabric softener, put 1 tablespoon in the softener tray. Be careful not to use too much, as it can damage the elastics of your clothes.