Grandma’s laundry recipes

Wine stains, mud stains, white clothes losing their luster? There are, of course, many industrial products to take care of your laundry, but are they effective and are they really respectful of the planet? After all, what could be better than the good old grandmother’s recipes that use the products we have, buried in our cupboards and that make all stains disappear, even the most stubborn ones!? The whole team rolled up their sleeves and tested and approved, for you, the best tips for your laundry. Are you ready? Get out your notebook and take notes so you can put into practice all our tips 😉

Table of contents

1. Make the laundry white

  • The percarbonate of soda. Don’t be afraid, you won’t be asked to put on the gown you had in physics and chemistry in high school 😉 Although the term may sound scary, percarbonate of soda is a very good bleaching agent. It is very efficient for washing, bleaching, disinfecting and brightening white laundry. Put a tablespoon of percarbonate of soda in your washing machine, and your laundry will be whiter than white. You can find them on the Internet or in specialized organic shops such as BioCoop or Nature & DĂ©couvertes.

    It is still recommended to handle it with gloves.

  • The benefits of lemon juice. We love it in the kitchen, but lemon has other faculties. It is a natural whitening agent and allows you to either keep the shine of your white clothes or to revive the natural white.

How to use it ? You can : – Put 2 to 3 teaspoons of lemon juice in the tray with your detergent 

– In a fillet, put 3 to 4 slices of lemon, without the seeds of course 😉

– Put your laundry in boiling water with the juice of 2 lemons.

Lemon remains an aggressive agent so use it only for cotton.

  • Marseille soap. We can’ t talk enough about the benefits that Marseille soap brings. In addition to coming from the most beautiful city in France (no, we are not from Marseille 😉 ), Marseille soap is good for your health, your skin, but also for your laundry. Indeed, it is known to make your laundry whiter and even to remove yellow stains and traces left by lawn. You can therefore either opt for a detergent based on Marseille soap, or leave your white laundry to soak in a basin of cold water with Marseille soap.
  • The soda crystals. They are a little more powerful than soda percarbonate, but are also very effective in reviving white linen. It works with all types of laundry. Put a handle in your washing drum (put on gloves to take them), insert your white linen, and you’re done! Your laundry will have regained its bright white colour.

These 4 solutions, in addition to being recommended to keep the quality of your laundry, are totally ecological and they are not dangerous for your health. So, isn’t life beautiful? 😉

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2. Remove a wine stain

We all know the beautiful red wine stain that is misplaced on our favourite clothe or on the one we are wearing for the first time.We’ve all tried to simply slip the piece into the machine with our fingers crossed very, very hard and hope that our detergent does the job.  Failure, isn’t it? Don’t panic, with our series of grandmother’s recipes, you’ll be able to go night out peacefully 😉 

  • The winning combo: cold water + lemon + Marseille soap. Start by bleeding the laundry in cold water, then soak it in pure lemon juice (quantity to be evaluated according to the size of the stain) for 15 minutes. After that, softly rub the stain with Marseille soap. Finally, put the cloth in the washing machine, and your encrusted stain is gone!
  • Warm milk. Very effective technique for carpets and rugs. Let the stain dry, then dab the fabric until the stain dissipates. Lightly pour hot milk over the stain, so that the milk absorbs the wine. Finally rinse with lukewarm water. For laundry, soak the clothes in milk at room temperature until the stain is gone, then put them in the washing machine and the beautiful stain will be gone.
  • Soapy water. Tip to do only if the stain is new: mop the stain with a clean cloth and rub with a sponge soaked in soapy water (preferably with Marseille soap). The stain will disappear.
  • The white wine. Against all expectations, white wine is very effective in removing red wine stains, even on velvet or suede. You simply need to mop it up with white wine. As radical as it is surprising 😉

These techniques also work for fruit stains.


And no, we don’t put salt in that category. And for good reason, salt is generally a bad idea because it will damage the cloth, and not necessarily work well.

3. Remove pilling from clothing

What a nice surprise when we take the clothes out of the machine and we see that the wool has made a lot of pilling on all the clothes … And, we agree, removing each lint on each clothes is going to start to become very very long. That’s not all, we’ve got a full agenda! So, how do we get through this quickly? Easy! 

  • The razor. Technique that crosses time, the razor on the clothes to remove all the pilling. Be careful of course, not to weaken your clothes too much 😉
  • The adhesive brush or anti-lint. More ecological than the adhesive roller, the adhesive brush allows you to remove absolutely all pilling and lint from your clothes.

Grandma’s little trick, to prevent these pillings, put 60 mL of white vinegar in your machine. 0 pilling guaranteed! The vinegar will fix the fabric and prevent lint from forming on other clothes. 

No more secrets for you now 😉

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4. Make your fabric softener

As you can imagine, there’s no room here for industrial fabric softeners. They certainly smell good. But they’re anything but natural, and besides, they can be harsh on your skin. That’s right, we pamper our beloved readers! 

  • The white vinegar. Don’t worry, the smell of white vinegar doesn’t get on your clothes. Moreover, by putting a little essential oil, the perfume is very pleasant. Here’s grandma’s recipe for homemade fabric softener.

For about 1 L of fabric softener. Put 30 cL of white vinegar, 50 cL of water and 10 drops of essential oil. Put this in a glass bottle and mix it all together. Pour about 50-60 mL into the softener tank at each machine. 

The easiest way to do this is to create your own measuring cap. For example, you can reuse the old measuring cup from your fabric softener, or take the measuring glass from a mouthwash. If you don’t have all that, one tablespoon is about 15 mL. So pour your homemade fabric softener into 3 to 4 tablespoons. And we’re sure, as you go along, you’ll have the eye of an expert, and you won’t even need a dosing cup anymore! 😉

The team’s advice

Avoid, preferably, citrus essential oils (lemon or grapefruit type), as their colours could stain your clothes. If you choose to use them, put a maximum of 1 drop in the fabric softener tank. 

We recommend fine lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree or jasmine oil, which have many positive properties and will bring a refreshing touch to your clothes.

5. Remove an oil stain

This Sunday you had a nice bike ride with great weather. Only downside? You derailed, and in repairing it, you ended up with a nice grease stain… Don’t panic, the solution is all there! 

  • La Terre de SommiĂšres. This powder allows you to no longer tremble in the face of grease stains. It’s part of all of Grandma’s tips and tricks. It removes all grease stains on all surfaces (laundry, floor, wall, siding, and piece of furniture). You will sprinkle Terre de SommiĂšres on the stain. The quantity has to be evaluated according to the size and the date of the stain. Leave on for 1 to 2 hours. Finally, vacuum or brush until the powder disappears. And the magic works, no more greasy stains! Really very impressive.

Panic! You’re out of Terre de SommiĂšres and you’ve just spilled soda on your couch. Don’t worry, this technique also works with talcum, cornflour or flour. 

  • Marseille soap. Rub the grease stain with Marseille soap without water. Leave on for a few hours. Then wash it in your washing machine.
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6. Remove a bloodstain

  • Marseille soap. It’s coming back again, the famous Marseille soap. Put a few drops of lemon on the stain, rub with Marseille soap and let it soak in cold water. Then go to the washing machine, and the stain is gone.

  • The white vinegar. You can also use white vinegar. You leave it on the stain. Then you dab the stain several times with a clean towel to remove the blood. Finally, you put it in the washing machine to remove any residue.

7. Bulk tips

And here are our latest granny tips in bulk delivered by the whole team! 

  • Make sure you have a net to put small fragile items such as underwear or cuddly toys,
  • Prefer machines at 30°C to save money and to preserve your clothes,
  • Put your new clothes in a basin of cold water with a little white vinegar before the first wash in the machine to avoid discoloration,
  • Turn your jeans inside out when you wash them in the washing machine to limit fading,
  • Check the pockets of clothing for pieces of tissue or decomposed receipts. From time to time, you may even come across some coins, and that’s a nice surprise 😉 ,
  • Defrost your clothes as much as possible before hanging your laundry, to have as little ironing as possible,
  • For cashmere, prefer cold washing to keep it as long as possible,
  • For make-up stains, avoid using water to avoid spreading the stain,
  • To avoid colour transfer, sort your laundry well. You can also opt for reusable anti-discolouration wipes, which are much more effective (and environmentally friendly 😉) than disposable ones.

You now have a lot of grandmother’s recipes to care of your laundry, with everyday products that won’t harm the environment and that respect you and your skin. 

We look forward to your tests and all your grandmother’s recipes in the laundry universe. Write to us at or on our social medias !


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