Ash bleach, a very ecological detergent

Detergent based on bleach or ash an alkaline solution used to make soaps, or as a cleaner, and sometimes as a food hardening solution. It is mainly potassium hydroxide and its pH is around 10 to 12.

This level of alkalinity can burn skin and corrode some materials, so care must be taken when making bleach.

Stoves and fireplaces provide good ashes if debris from materials other than wood and cellulose are not burned in them. The harder the wood, the better the quality of the ash and the better our bleach will be.

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Procedure for making bleach

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Although this bleach is milder than conventional bleach, some people have some sensitivity to potash and it is important to use gloves and goggles and avoid skin contact.

The ash is passed through a sieve to separate the pieces of charcoal. Another way would be to drain the ashes and pass a colander through the water to collect the leftover charcoal. The whiter and more calcined the ash, the better the detergent obtained.

1.- Take the ash and put it with hot water in a bucket with a proportion of 4 to 5 parts of water. In summer, using a metal bucket, it will be enough to place it in the sun. 2.- Leave it covered with a cloth or a lid for 24 to 48 hours, stirring well at least once during the rest time. 3.- Decant the liquid by filtering it with a cloth or tights (women’s stockings). The liquid is slippery to the touch, which indicates its detergent power, the way to know if it is ready is with an apple of earth or an egg, put it in the mixture, if it floats, it is ready. If it sinks, you have to add more ashes and start the process again. This is done before filtration. This solution is used as a liquid detergent. Ash lye must be diluted with hot water to use, like any liquid detergent. Stronger lye can be made with a 1:3 ash to water ratio. It is brought to a boil and then left to stand for 12 to 24 hours before the clear solution is decanted from the lye water. Bleach is bottled for storage, avoiding confusion when reusing used bottles (product toxic by ingestion)

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Ash Detergent Uses:

Wash clothes and all utensils that must be hygienic (colanders, rags, etc.) even in automatic washing machines, as we have seen in FREE washing machine detergent! Excellent for cleaning fresh vegetables, legumes, roots, etc. …both to remove traces of chemicals and to clean up commonly found insects and other animals, as well as harmful bacteria. It can be used for all home cleaning. From kitchen and dishes to clothes and floors.

Deep cleaning of utensils and fabrics

This method can be used to remove chemical or toxic residues found in commercial natural fibers including cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, etc. These include undesirable compounds that may have been used or formed during the growth, processing or storage of natural fibers and materials or tools.

  • The natural fiber or utensil is placed in a saucepan and covered with a wood ash solution, brought to a boil and simmered for about 2 minutes, stirring the material continuously with a spoon. Remove the material and rinse well with cold water.
  • The natural fiber or utensil is placed in a pot and covered with a solution of 1/3 cup unpasteurized vinegar to 4 cups water. Let stand at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours. Remove and rinse well with warm water.

This article was produced thanks to Belinda Ferreirowho gave us the information and told us about his experiences with this product, is also used to make soap with a process similar to the one we have already seen in soap with waste oil, but changing soda for potash (ash washing) we are also going to talk about the use of this product in our crops both as a fertilizer and as an insecticide.

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