DIY laundry formula

“La lessive maison”

Another idea for the home! When the last bottle of detergent is out…its time to tackle a new DIY!

  • 50g Savon de Marseille —Refer to this post
  • 1 liter water
  • Baking soda (bicarbonate de soude) 2 tablepoons
  • Sodium carbonate (cristaux de soude) 2 teaspoons
  • Essential oils (lavender, lemon, tea tree) of your choice 10 drops

Bring the water to boil, add the grated savon in the hot water and let it melt. Once melted and cooled down, add the baking soda and the sodium carbonate, essential oils. Fill up a glass container with the formula, and let it cool. Et voila! an environmentally and skin friendly detergent.

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Fermentation maison: Sauerkraut

 

img_0734So, I’m a huge fan of sauerkraut, or as they say here–choucroute , which usually accompanies a main dish, but for me this accompagnement is just as important as the main dish itself. I realized that it’s not all that complicated to make at home, so being cabbage season and all, I picked up an organic chou at the market, and followed a recipe I found online!

  • 1/2 white cabbage
  • 1 carrot
  • salt 5 tablespoons

 

img_0735Cut the cabbage into small strips, and sprinkle on the salt. Mix it up, and let it sit for a night. Squeeze out the water in the morning. Grate the carrots and mix it into the cabbage. Once you have sterilized an empty jar, fill it up and voilà! Let it sit for 2 weeks… Now all you (I) need is patience! 

Situation after 1 week…

 

 

 

DIY Dishwashing soap

“Liquide vaiselle maison”— Another one to add to the list! Gradually I’m transitioning home products to home-made ones, and loving the process.

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  • 25g Savon de Marseille (True Marseille soap contains at least 72% of olive oil. Recommended makers: La Corvette, Fer à Cheval, Marius Fabre. Choose either green or black colored — the white or cream colored is based on palm oil or coconut oil)
  • 400 ml hot water
  • Baking soda 2 teaspoons
  • White vinegar 2 teaspoons
  • Sodium carbonate 2 teaspoons
  • Liquid savon noir (black soap) 2 teaspoons
  • Essential oils (lavender, lemon, tea tree) of your choice 10 drops

 

In a bowl, let the grated soap melt in hot water, then add all ingredients. (A brief pshhhh when combining baking soda & vinegar!) And here you have it!

Again, looking to maybe find a way to thicken the formula, which will also help to lessen the consommation. (When it’s watery, it tends to skirt out a lot, sometimes more necessary!)

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Simply, Granola. (Never imagined it to be so easy!)

I always thought granola was something to “buy”. But boy was I wrong– it’s so simple and a homemade granola can taste like (or better!) than a store-bought. Here’s the recette:

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup of crushed pecans
  • 2 pinches of salt (fleur de sel de guerande)
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder
  • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Mix everything in a large bowl, lay it on parchment paper and put it in the oven at 180 degrees for 25 minutes! Turn it around and let it cool.

DIY hand soap: le premier essai

‘Savon à main liquide maison’

After a greenweez online order for ingredients, I am ready to dive deeper into the DIY home products journey. First up, liquid hand soap! Since this is the first attempt, I will be making a small quantity and then hoping to improve the recipe petit à petit.

  • 15g Savon de Marseille (here, Fer à Cheval soap, 72% olive oil)
  • Olive oil 1/2 tablespoon
  • Essential oils – Niaouli 3 drops & Lemon 3 drops
  • 300ml Hot water
  • 10ml Savon noir liquide (Fer à Cheval)

In a glass jar, add the olive oil and essential oils. Add the grated savon, and add 1/3 of the hot water. Mix or shake with the lid firmly closed. Add another 1/3 of the water, and add savon liquide noir. Another shake and add the rest of the water. Mix and fill up your (pump style) container when cooled down. Voilà!

For now, I am loving the smooth moist texture it leaves on my skin. I personally enjoy the raw-like herb aroma of the olive oil, but if you prefer a more citrus-fruity fragrance, you can add additional essential oils of your preference.

*update: I had a request for it to be a bit thicker in texture, so tried salt. Not a good idea–so it seems like vegetal glycerine will be the next try for the épaisseur!

*update#2: adding 5 teaspoons of salt actually creating a store-bought like firm texture, but still working on finding a solution to doing this without creating lumps forming at the bottom (due to a reaction with the soap & salt)

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DIY all-purpose cleaning spray

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  • Water 200ml (in a container with a spray cap)
  • White vinegar 2 tablespoons
  • Biocarbonate de soude (baking soda) 1 tablespoon
  • Essential oils (mix of eucalyptus, lemon, lavender) 15 drops in total
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