Toothpaste (baking soda; but it tastes very
cut flowers longer beautiful: one teaspoon in water
pipes (1 cup (+/_ 2 cup vinegar) and afterwards very hot water)
is a surfactant and is used for white laundry as it is described to fade
colored textiles. Don’t worry, not as bleach does; I’m using crystal soda for
all my laundry, and I didn’t see the effect of crystal soda (yet). It has a
cleaning effect, remove grease, neutralize acids.
It has similar action as
baking soda except that it cannot be used in food.
It is an excellent stain remover (even difficult ones such as coffee, red wine, grass, fruit,
perspiration, blood) or to clean your
oven, or greasy and dirty kitchen instruments: 2 soup spoon in 500ml warm water (don’t make too much, it loses
efficacy with time)
in many plants (lemon juice contains 5% of citric acid) and can be extracted
from plants. You probably eat it without knowing it (flavoring and preservative
in food and beverage: E330). It also remove limescale and improve the
effectiveness of soap and detergents.
There are many types that
you can use. The most important is that the soap you choose doesn’t contains
glycerin (as it has the tendency to stay sticky in the water evacuation
the most common you can buy in Europe:
Aleppo soap is made in Syria, in the region of the city of Aleppo, from olive oil and laurel berry oil (added at the end of the process).
Marseille soap is made in France, in the region of the city of …. (do i really have to say it?), from olive oil and palm oil or copra oil (extracted from coconut). Beware of imitation using animal fat instead…
Black soap is sometime use as unique soap or mixed with another one. It exist in liquid form or creamy (2 tablespoon liquid = 1 teaspoon creamy black soap).
How to choose?
Both need to be imported from
another continent (either the soap itself; or its ingredients). But with the
actual fuss about palm oil (deforestation to plant intensive culture of palm
trees), Aleppo seems the more sustainable (eco, fair,…). However, you have to
see what you can easily get.
I’ve been disappointed
by the “soap flakes” from
“la droguerie ecologique” which are apparently made of coco and palm
oil only…so now I use Marseille soap flakes (that I buy without packaging at
the packaging free shop).
just need the cheapest type of vinegar: white vinegar.
First check close by home: bio shop, drugstore, bio supermarket
or ask them what they can order for you. Otherwise, go online; but try to buy
in your own country. In Europe the French brand ‘la droguerie ecologique” is quite known and they offer everything you
need. It can be a good start, until you turn into an “eco-zero waste expert”.
If you live in the
surrounding of Antwerp/Mortsel, I can combine orders to reduce transport and
transport cost ( I can also make you a starter-pack) and deliver it at home by
bike. If you are interested, write me via the contact form or follow me the EcoWithKids Facebook page (I’ll let everyone know before placing a new