Alternative to conventional laundry detergent

By |2019-08-11T10:48:58+02:00August 11th, 2019|We do, We try|

Alternative to conventional laundry detergent I've been doing my own laundry powder for 3 years now and I have to say that I'm very satisfied with it. It washes as well as industrial detergents and is much environment friendly! In the early days, I used to do my liquid laundry detergent but it takes a lot of time and I inhaled a lot of soap and other products fumes, it wasn't pleasant.  That's how I wondered why I was diluting the soap in water? I've come to make my own laundry powder. It takes me about 1 hour to do 2.5kg of laundry powder. I prepare 10kg of powder a year. Occasionally, I dilute the powder to wash black clothes. Ingredients for 600g of detergent: 300g of Marseille or Aleppo soap flakes 150g of soda crystals (Attention, this is not caustic soda!) 150g of baking soda 100g of sodium percarbonate (optional bleaching agent) 100 drops of blended essential oils to choose from (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, lemon...) How to Proceed: Blend the soap flakes in a blender. Incorporate the soda crystals, baking soda and essential oils. Mix all the ingredients well. Transfer your laundry powder to your usual container and that's it!   For your white laundry, add one tablespoon of sodium percarbonate to your dose of detergent. Sodium percarbonate is a bleaching agent. It only takes effect from 40°C. The powder is not ideal for washing black laundry, it may leave white spots. It's better to liquefy it. To make liquid laundry detergent, use the same ingredients and dilute them in very hot, but not boiling water, as soap would foam a lot. Introduce essential oils only once the preparation has cooled down. When it cools down, the detergent will harden. If this is the case, add water and stir the detergent until a homogeneous mixture is obtained. Store the detergent in a can that you will shake vigorously before each use. As the detergent is diluted, it will be less effective. Is this powder more economical? Let's compare the prices. I am very bad at math and I don't take into account the prices of essential oils in the calculation.  1 packet of laundry powder costs 6.94€ per kg. I chose as reference the big box of 2.5 kg of Ariel at Carrefour - 39 washes at 17,60€   The bag of 1 kg of Marseille soap flakes costs about 10€ 1kg of baking soda is 5€ 1kg of soda crystals is 5€ 10ml HE about 5€ each for medium ranges I do about 40 washes with 2.5kg of powder. 600g of powder costs me 4.83€, so  1 kg costs 8.05 € which is more expensive than the Ariel detergent sold at Carrefour. The funny thing is that the same detergent sold in 650g boxes costs 7,25€ that is 11,15€/kg. In this case, our homemade laundry powder is much more economical! [...]

Synthetic sponges are toxic. Opt for a bio and effective alternative: The Loofah.

By |2019-08-11T10:13:27+02:00August 11th, 2019|We do, We speak, We think, We try|

Synthetic sponges are toxic. Opt for a bio and effective alternative: The Loofah. Did you know that your go-to sponge is stuffed with toxic and eco-toxic chemicals? Up to a few days ago, I didn’t know either. In this post, I will detail how this is. I even made a little experiment of my own... results are quite scary... Then I will present an amazing alternative: The Loofah. Today, my kitchen sponge is a kind of large cucumber: Yes, you read well, a cucumber; a special type of cucumber called a loofah. And it does the job very effectively! A few weeks ago, a friend gave me a piece of Loofah sponge for me to try. It didn’t look too appealing or practical and I kind of forgot about it. Until, one day I ran out of sponges. Looking in my housecleaning closet, I found this thing and gave it a try. I started cleaning the mountain of dishes that had been piling up in the kitchen. Well, I was just amazed. It works really well. Intrigued, I inquired about it, and at the same time investigated the toxicity of the sponges I used to buy in supermarkets. Now, I am ready to replace all sponges in my house with Loofah, you will see, it's really a no-brainer! Let's dive in... What are “supermarket” sponges made of? In essence, synthetic sponges are made from non-biodegradable polymers like polyurethane, synthesized from petroleum. Not really eco-friendly… But wait it gets better… Your supermarket sponges come in all ranges of colors, right? So there must be dyes that are added to give them their specific colors… Remember, when you do your dishes, the sponge you use is in close contact with your plates, glasses and cutlery… What are the compositions of the dyes used? Well good luck finding out… For example I found a blog where the author found out that a ScotchBright sponge from 3M that he had purchased in a supermarket was leaking a blue dye. 3M responded. They wouldn’t inform the person of the composition of the die…”trust us, it is not toxic…”. Appalling… Check the avalanche of comments that followed: Many people using this product complained of the same thing, and some were even feeling sick after using the sponge… I also made my little experiment. I plunged a brand new sponge in the mid price range (2 sponges for 1 Euro) in water. The water didn't turn blue, but was filled of particles of the abrasive side... yuck... But this is not all… A sponge can get quite unhealthy real soon: if just left soaking after use, sponges are great places for bacteria and fungi to develop. So industrials have found a solution - let’s stuff our sponges with chemicals like Triclosan - Triclosan is an antibacterial and an antifungal agent that is known to be a [...]