natural recipe and zero waste

We told you about the ivy wash some time ago, but do you know the chestnut laundry? It is no secret that laundry detergents for large stores are not environmentally friendly. They pollute the waters and the nature that goes with them. This laundry option for chestnuts enhances the ecological impact, but also your wallet. Indeed very economical, this new way to wash clothes will change your daily life and allow for great savings. Here is a recipe for Chestnut Laundry Detergent.

Chestnuts in my laundry?

Chestnuts and chestnuts contain saponins. When dissolved in water, these fruits develop the same cleansing properties as soap. In addition, the chestnut detergent is soft and low in allergens. Therefore, it is ideal if you have sensitive skin, even if it is suitable for your wool or colored clothes.

What I need:

For a large container of laundry detergent:

  • 40 cl water
  • 10 whole chestnuts (without defects)


  • Salad bowl
  • Mixer
  • Fine strainer (“Chinese” type)
  • Large glass jar or old detergent bottle
chestnut liquor
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Chestnut liquor production steps:

1) Once the chestnuts are harvested, remove them from their bacteria.

2) Start by mixing them completely in your blender. Your device may not be powerful enough to remove the hard covers. Also, it is better to perform this step if you have white linen, as your skin may discolor slightly.

2) Put the crushed chestnuts in a bowl and cover them with water.

3) Allow to macerate for 1 hour or even half a day. Wait for the water to turn milky.

4) Filter the mixture through a “Chinese” strainer. Then pour the liquid into a clean jar or old laundry detergent bottle. (You can keep chestnut pieces for compost.)

Use and storage:

Chestnut detergent is used just like a classic detergent. However, its shelf life is shorter: about a week in the fridge, so avoid excessive amounts at once! If the water in your area is hard, you can add a little white wine vinegar to soften it.