Briefly: Washing liquid made from ashes, used for the laundry and all the surfaces of the house. Photo : Washing liquid made from wood ashes
Raw materials: Wood ashes.
Tools: A waterproof container, a piece of fine mesh fabric, a ladle, a bottle to store the washing liquid, and if needed a funnel. If you're curious, pH paper.
Completion time: 3mn + 15mn for 5 litres.


  1. Place the waterproof container with the sieved wood ashes outdoor, and wait for the rain.

  2. When there is about 3 or 4 times more water than ashes, I check the pH. For my pH paper, violet indicates very alkaline pH. So it's done, and by the way it has always been done. And that means you have to protect yourself (wear suitable gloves and mask for your face). If it were not ready, I would stir and come back later.

  3. When there is about 3 or 4 times more water than ashes, pour the liquid part into bottles, through the cloth placed in the funnel.

  4. Here it is, I filled a few bottles. You can make a nice label for your bottles. Anyway, keep them out of reach of children.

  5. I sometimes wait until the rain falls again, and then I get some more bottles !

Advantages Drawbacks
  • Multi-purpose product.
  • Good to remove fat spots.
  • No cost, made from waste.
  • You have to make stocks for summer during winter.
  • Can remove colours if used pure.
  • It's difficult to control the concentration.
  • Variable colour, from transparent to yellow, according to the wood you burnt, and the container you used to stock ashes (a wooden container in a wet atmosphere will give a yellow product).

a video is planned. …