A few years ago, in an article on garbage reduction, we drew attention to a family who had a project to try to avoid garbage wherever possible. Here is one of the many suggestions we tried at the same time and since then have been using it regularly:
To make detergent from chestnuts:-
- In autumn collect as many chestnuts as you can.
- They should be dry and stored in a dry place.
- For the detergent, you need about 3 chestnuts per wash.
- They need to be cut into pieces; we always use a big bread knife for this.
- Place the pieces in a jar and fill with water and put the lid on.
- After one day soapy suds will have formed.
- This can be poured into the detergent chamber of the washing machine.
The suds have no smell so if you so if you want pleasant smell, add a few drops of essential oil e.g. lime oil to the laundry.
If you have hard water, you should use a descaling agent from time to time.
We have been using the chestnut wash for more than a year and have not only clean clothes but saved money and done something good for the environment.