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Ecological laundry powder

Pyykinpesujauhe (Hajusteeton)

Gaarnas ecological laundry powder is made with respect to the nature. It includes only natural ingredients:

Gaarna-laundry soap

Gaarna-laundry soap is ecologically home made. This soap contains zero toxins or ingredients that are harmful in any way. It removes stains effectively and is sufficient to use.

Gaarna-laundry soap is the result of the chemical reaction of pure vegetable fats (Coconut oil, Rapeseed oil, Sunflower & Olive oil) and lye. Ready soap mass hardens at least a month. After that, it is ready to get roasted and be part of the natural laundry powder mix.

Gaarna-laundry soap is a perfect mix of hard and soft vegetable oils, which makes the soap strong remover of dirt and grease. The actual soap does not contain any oils after saponification, just to make sure 🙂

Baking soda

The Spruce site is telling nicely about the benefits of Baking soda in laundry washing;

It may sound like an old wives’ tale, but adding baking soda to your regular amount of liquid laundry detergent truly will make your colored clothing brighter and your whites whiter. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and cleanser, and it also softens the water, which means you can get away with using less detergent. It also helps keep your machine clean too!

Washing soda

Washing soda sounds similar than baking soda, but their chemical compositions differ. Washing soda is a chemical compound that can be used to remove stubborn stains from laundry. The Spruce is writing;

The sodium carbonate “softens” water helping other cleaning ingredients lift soil from the fabrics and suspend the soil in the wash water. The washing soda binds to the minerals which make water hard and allows the detergent to be absorbed into fibers properly to clean clothes.


Salt is a super stain remover on clothing. Salt helps maintain bright colors can even help restore vivid colors on aging fabrics. It can also reduce yellowing in clothes.

Essnetial Lavender oil

Very well mind writes about the multiple benefits of essential Lavender oil;

In essential oil practices, lavender is a multipurpose oil. It is purported to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects. Lavender essential oil and its properties have been widely studied.

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Garna ecological laundry powder includes only the best ingredient and only what is necessary to get your clothes clean and fresh ecologically. Don’t forget to use vinegar rinse to make your laundry soft and fresh. The benefits of using vinegar rinse are undeniable.

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Soap Chemistry and History

When the acid and alkaline are combined, a salt is obtained. Soap is the salt of fatty acids. The soap is obtained as the final product by combining the acid (= fats) + alkaline = (lye, i.e., sodium hydroxide NaOH).

The soap maker should be prepared with proper equipment, as the lye is a corrosive substance and various substances together can cause a chemical reaction.

When the soap is made by yourself, it is possible to affect its properties. For example, it can be made as gentle as possible by leaving out scents and dyes. For example olive oil soap is the favorite of many sensitive-skinned person.

The amount of liy affects how greasy the soap remains. In order to get sensitive soap, it is worth to over-fatation by up to 10%. The most common recommendation is 5%, which adds slightly more liy to the soap. The amount of liy is in relation to the fats and oils and the amount must exact the right.

Over-fatation means that the amount of fats and oils used, is slightly higher than what would be required for saponification. This leaves some of the fats unsaponifiably, making the soap a little more gentle.

The soap over-fat percentage does not affect the pH of the soap, which is alkaline and between 8 and 10. However, for sensitive skin, fragrances are often more harmful than mild alkalinity. When used too much, all soaps dry the skin.

The main principle that affects soap hardness is that at room temperature solid fats produce hard soap and soft oils at room temperature soft soap. Soft oils are often more gentle on the skin than hard ones, so it is advisable to put hard fat in the mixture only about 20%. For example mixture 20% coconut oil + 80% olive oil, adds softness and washability but reamains the soap gentle.

The history of soap goes far. It has been found in ancient Babylonian clay pots and the first soaps are believed to have been made already 3000-2000 before the start of the countdown.

Two Sumerian clay tiles have been labeled with soap. One says that it was used for washing wool, and one used 5.5 parts of wood ash and one part of olive oil.

In Finland, in the 1950s, there were five main stages in the manufacture of traditional ash-liy-soap:

  1. An ash-lye solution was made
  2. Separated fat from slaughterhouse waste
  3. The fats and ash solution were mixed and boiled. If you wanted a harder soap, the work continued with the following steps:
  4. Salt was added to the soup to cure the soap.
  5. The soap layer was peeled on the surface and cut into it.
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PH-balance of skin and hair

Naturally, healthy skin is slightly acidic and has a surface pH of about 4.5-5. The skin surface acts as a natural protective layer for bacteria and viruses. The wrong pH value can cause a variety of skin problems such as pimples and impurities.

In general, the pH value of cosmetics should be slightly acidic to neutral, about 4.5-7. PH on scale 7 is neutral and all over alkaline and less acidic. The pH of the water is 7 and the pH of the soap itself is clearly alkaline. Since water and soap increase the pH of the skin, it may feel a little dry right after washing.

Maintaining a pH balance is also the starting point for healthy hair and affects the hair structure. The pH value of hair-making products varies between 3.5 and 5.5. The mildly acidic products seal and seal the surface layer of the hair. This makes the hair shiny as the light is better reflected on such a surface.

Products above 7 pH levels break the surface of the hair, allowing the water to absorb more quickly into the hair. You may notice this phenomenon if you wash your hair with a self-made piece of soap, and finally do not use a pH balancing rinse. It may be that the hair washed in the evening is still moist in the morning. Alkaline substances are often used in hair treatments, where it is desired to influence or gain access to the hair structure. The traditional “no-poo” soda-vinegar washing is based on the same phenomenon. The soda for washing the hair is alkaline (pH 8.3) and the vinegar used for rinsing is acidic (pH 2.5 -3).

Too basic a washing liquid will wash away the skin protective layer too effectively, leaving a “whining” feeling. The pH of the washing products can, of course, be reduced by, for example, citric acid or lactic acid. Overly alkaline skin care products may cause premature aging of the skin, which is why the correct pH value is especially important in the treatment of aging skin. Cleansing with gentle, natural pH-supporting washing liquid helps the skin’s own defense mechanisms to recover faster.

Try natural Rose & Jasmin shampoo bar and vinegar based Care Spray for healthy and natural hair.

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Vegetable oils in nature cosmetics

Natural Cosmetics means skin care products and cosmetics based on the fact that all the materials used cause minimal harm to nature and man. Genuine materials are the basis for making, and no chemicals or other non-natural ingredients are used.

Vegetable oils are the basic ingredients of many delightful products. Listed below are some of the best features of skin care:

Sunflower oil: nourishes, revitalizes, strengthens, deepens and softens rough skin.

Rapeseed oil: relieves itching and is suitable for sensitive, dry or irritated skin and skin infections.

Rape seed oil: moisturizes, nourishes and softens dry skin.

Jojoba oil: binds moisture, normalizes sebum secretion and is suitable for grasses, acne and rashes.

Olive oil: softens and cares, also suitable for dry and sensitive skin, as well as for hair and scaly scalp.

Coconut oil: Protects and cares, suitable for aging, irritated, sensitive and sun-burned skin.

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Sauna soap

The Finnish sauna brings to mind the scent of tar. What would be a more delightful sauna soap than the combination of nettle and tar with its treating properties and relaxing scents.

The tar comes out of the wood by heating and the tar burning has been known for thousands of years, and historians say its roots date back to ancient Egypt, where it protected ships and roofs.

If tar, liquor and sauna do not help, then the disease is deadly.

However, the health effects of the above three have been mainly external from the outset. An appropriately warmed sauna increases metabolism and relaxes muscles, alcohol and tar have had a more prominent position due to their bacterial killing effects, externally used.

The health effects of tar itself are low. However, the fragrance is wonderful and the traditional and reasonably used make it a delightful addition to the sauna soup. Sauna is an important part of Finnish life and there are both mental and physical troubles.

There is a lot of iron and vitamin C in the nettle, as well as vitamins A, B, E and K. Clay and salt give mild peeling and rich skin-rich minerals to the soap. The Himalayan Rose Salt contains up to 85 minerals needed for the body, and the rich green clay is rich in vitamins and minerals. The clay also gives the soap a degree of rougher composition and, together with the nettle, a nice natural color.

Nettle tar sauna soap instruction:
– 7.5dl of olive oil
– 90 g of lye
– 300 ml of water
– 50 g of Himalayan rose salt
– 30g of dried nettle
– 1/2 dl 100% tar
– 1 tablespoon of green clay

Add the nettle powder to the water and simmer until the water is green. Strain the nettle crush from the water completely with a sieve and leave the mixture to cool.

When the nettle water is about 37 degrees Celsius, add the liy in to the water.

Pay close attention to the order and remember that liquor is a corrosive substance. If it splashes on your skin, use vinegar to neutralize the effect. So remember the good protective equipment. When the lye begins to react with water, it is caused by the unpleasant vapor that does not heal. Soap making outdoors, or in a well-ventilated kitchen is desirable.

Stir until the lye is dissolved and the mixture is transparent. Heat the oil in another kettle to about 37 degrees. Pour the olive oil into the liy-water.  Continue mixing until the mixture is thick.

Add tar, clay and salt to the mixture. Take a moment to stir. Pour soap into molds and let solidify.

Undo the soap from the molds to dry after about 36 hours. If necessary, cut into soap and place in the appropriate pieces and place in a cardboard box. Close the cardboard box and store it in a dark and dry place for 4-6 weeks.

Soap is now ready. No more than a sauna to heat and enjoy <3

Ps. This soap is also a delightful gift or gift.