Ever wondered what horse chestnuts are good for? You can make a great eco-friendly laundry detergent free of any chemical additives. Similar to soapnuts widely used in India, horse chestnuts also contain saponins (a soap-like chemical compound), making a great regional alternative.
The laundry detergent is easy to make, 100% natural, suitable for sensitive skin and odour-free. And of course - comes without packaging ;-)
By following these steps, you can also make your own batch
Step 1 : Collect and wash the horse chestnuts (make sure you don’t have edible chestnuts).
Step 2: Cut the chestnuts into pieces while they are still fresh. (Dried chestnuts are a lot harder to chop)
Step 3: Blend the chestnuts until finely chopped.
Step 4: The finer the grain , the faster the saponins will dilute in the water. See next step.
Step 5: Put a few tablespoons of the finely grained horse chestnuts into a jar and fill with hot water. Let the mixture rest for about 30 minutes until the water turns milk-like. Filter and use the water as a normal liquid laundry detergent.
Some sources say that the detergent might not be suitable for white laundry (unless you remove the brown skin in advance ).