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Detergents - environmentally friendly and cost-effective

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.

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