A Thrifty, Eco-Friendly Alternative to Washing Powder: Laundry Gloop!

A Thrifty, Eco-Friendly Alternative to Washing Powder: Laundry Gloop!


I first discovered the joys of laundry gloop when I was pregnant with my first child, back in 2003, and was starting to look for ways to reduce our household’s exposure to artificial substances that could potentially harm my newborn, plus saving money as I was about to go on maternity leave.

I planned to use washable nappies so I knew washing could become a major household expense if I didn’t find a viable alternative!

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Harvesting nature’s bounty to make our own elderflower champagne

How to Make Elderflower ‘Champagne’

 

A summer drink similar to elderflower pressé

Ingredients

  • 8 large elderflower heads
  • 2 gallons water
  • 2½lbs sugar
  • 4 lemons
  • 4tbsp mild white wine vinegar

Method

Dissolve the sugar in boiling water, leave to cool and add the elderflowers, the juice of two of the lemons, slices of the other two and the vinegar. Cover with a cloth and leave for a day. Strain with a fine sieve or muslin, squeezing the flowers. Store in screw-top bottles. It’ll be ready in about a fortnight and should be drunk within a month.