Sustainability Journal – Washing product with ivy leaves

Depending on the season, we are using different kinds of washing products to wash our clothes. We start to use natural products because we created a grey water system that allows the water of the washing machine to go in our garden and to fill a little pond with water plants.

We already explained you our recipe with ashes. Now, we don´t do anymore fire but we have ivy in the garden climbing our nice trees.

So today, we will explain you how to do washing product with climbing ivy. If you have a garden you will find some on your trees or fences or just think to take some during you next walk.

For this recipe, it’s important to use climbing ivy (hedera helix) and not the ivy covering the ground. The ivy contains a naturally detergent and foaming effect, perfect for a washing product.

Climbing ivy leaves don’t die during winter season but the power is a little bit less than during spring and summer.


What do you need?

  • 50 leaves of climbing ivy
  • 1 liter of water from the rain 
  • pot
  • glass bottle


First step:

Cut the leaves to let free the juice.
Put 1 liter of water and wait for the water to boil.


Second step:

Let it boil for 10 minutes.


Third step:

Stop the fire and let the leaves in the water for 24 hours.


Fourth step:

After the 24 hours, filter and put the liquid in a glass bottle. Keep the product in a dark place and cold, you can keep it 3 weeks in a fridge;


That’s it, next you see climbing ivy, you know what to do!


For more Zero Waste recipes and info about our lifestyle, take a look at our Zero Waste Book here.

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