The days are getting darker and most of the trees have lost their leaves by now, which means it is time to try another laundry detergent recipe!
Once you have been out and about collecting chestnuts, proceed to dry and clean them if they are very dirty.
For one load of laundry, you will need about 4 to 5 dried chestnuts.
Here’s what you do:
- Cut or even grind them into small pieces – the smaller, the better – and infuse them with hot water for a few hours
- The liquid should get more viscous and slightly milky over time and you should see bubbles rising up, when you shake the container. This is how you know it is ready.
- Strain the liquid.
You can just pour the liquid into the liquid compartment of the washer. The fresh detergent should have a neutral smell, but you can add some dry herbs or essential oils for a nice scent if you like.
A few tips:
- To keep the dry ready-to-infuse mixture for a long time, you can chop up or grind all the chestnuts you collected and spread them out on a plate or baking tray to dry. Store them in an air tight container and measure about a teaspoon of chestnut powder / pieces per dried chestnut.
- Peel the chestnuts if you use the detergent for white laundry. You can even add some baking soda to prevent it from greying out over time.
- Leave the mixture to soak overnight the day before you plan to do laundry (you can even leave it for another day but maybe store it in the fridge).
- For very smelly laundry, wash at a higher temperature.
- For quite dirty laundry, soak it prior to washing.