Ash lye: how to prepare it at home and tips for using it in household cleaning

Ash lye: how to prepare it at home and tips for using it in household cleaning

Ash lye is a real eco-ally in the home: it can be used in handwashing and the washing machine, to clean floors and surfaces. Here's how to prepare a fantastic multi-purpose and above all-natural detergent in just a few steps.

HOW TO MAKE THE ASH SMOOTHING

With house cleaning, you don't have to be a prisoner of chemicals. And sometimes, to save money, you can rely on what we have in the house and which we may use for garbage. As in the case, for example, of the ash produced by the fireplace, which instead can become a fantastic multipurpose and natural detergent. The lye is indeed a very effective natural product in domestic cleaning: you do not waste money on expensive cleaners and, at the same time reducing the environmental impact of our lifestyle.

WHAT IS ASH SMOOTHING

In particular, the lye is the cooking water of the ash: to obtain it, one kilo of ash and 5 liters of water must be cooked for about 3 hours.

Since the preparation of the lye takes a long time, we have thought of a much simpler method to prepare it at home. Here's how to proceed.

HOW TO PREPARE THE ASH SMOOTH AT HOME

First of all, to prepare the lye it is necessary to use the ash of the fireplace obtained from wood: the ash of the charcoal or that of the pellets are not good.

  • Once the ash has been freed from impurities with a sieve or a schoolboy, boil it for about 3 hours with 5 liters of water. The long phase is the one that comes after boiling as it is necessary to separate the water from the ash. After letting the mixture rest, the ash settles on the bottom.
  • At this point, take the water from the surface with a ladle, being careful not to move the bottom, let it rest again and then repeat the operation. Take a kitchen towel, tie it on a large pot, pour all the mixture, and let it drain by itself. Repeat the last operation until the water is clear.

At this point, you are ready to experience the benefits of lye and you will never go back to normal detergents for the hygiene of the different surfaces of the house.

HOW TO USE ASH SMOOTH FOR HOME CLEANING

Our grandmothers washed the clothes manually with ash and used the lye for the rest of the cleaning. They got soaps with olive oil and lye. Today in the washing the machine  you can not use the ash  that could clog the filters so with the ash obtained from boiling we can wash the pots and steel surfaces.

THE THOUSAND USES OF ASH SMOOTHING

The ash lye is a kind of natural "caustic soda" for this reason, it has a very high cleaning value:

  • Add 100ml to the washing machine detergent compartment. For hand washing instead, 50 ml is sufficient.
  • For washing floors, add 50 ml to the water in the bucket.
  • To clean all washable surfaces, proceed as follows: fill a spray bottle half with lye and half with water and then add a few drops   of Tea tree oil essential oil, it has a high disinfectant power.
  • Finally, do you know that ash lye is also perfect for the preparation of an excellent DIY soap? Find here all the information on how to proceed.

 

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