The natural alternative to traditional laundry detergents, which can be harsh and contain dangerous chemicals, is conker detergent.

Conker detergent is environmentally friendly and biodegradable and is especially effective at removing stains from white clothes.

Saponin, a substance found in conkers, has natural soap-like properties. Saponin aids in removing grime and dirt from clothing, making cleaning easier. We will certainly give it a go, and if you have already tried, let us know how you got on.

All you need is:

?  100g of conkers (10 or so)

? 1 litre of water


? Clean the Conkers.

? Break them up into little bits (smash with a hammer or chop with a knife)

? Place the conker pieces in a jar of water.

? Conkers should be left to soak for at least an hour.

? Conker mixture should be strained into a fresh jar.

? Throw away the conker bits.

Simply place your clothes in the washing machine and add a cup of conker detergent. For a fresh aroma, you can also add essential oils to the detergent. If you have sensitive skin, you can add a 1/4 cup of vinegar to your washing machine to help soften the clothes.

Conker detergent can be kept for up to two weeks in the fridge (make sure you label it for safety!).

You can use the same conkers again another few times, but you will need to leave them soaking for longer each time.

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