It costs very little and it really works for everything: this is what yellow soap is and how to use it for house cleaning
Are you looking for a good alternative to the many detergents that are usually used to clean the whole house? Yellow soap is an ancient grandmother’s remedy for degreasing and sanitizing, great as a replacement for virtually all cleaning products. It is easily found on the market and is really effective, not to mention that it is absolutely ecological and even very economical. Let’s see how we can use it.
What is yellow soap and why to use it
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The yellow soap, also known as potassium soft soap, is nothing more than a soft stick with an intense yellow color and a delicate scent, composed of very few ingredients that have, however, an enormous cleaning power. It is in fact a soap based on water, glycerin and coconut oil, which makes it foaming and with a remarkable cleansing action. It also contains potassium salts, which give it an excellent degreasing effect, and potassium hydroxide: it is the latter ingredient that gives it its soft and malleable consistency.
Despite its very simple composition, yellow soap is a marvel in cleaning. In the past it was considered the remedy for any type of stain, and has recently returned to the fore for its important characteristics: being completely biodegradable, it is a truly ecological product, and it also works very well in a variety of situations, thanks to its versatility. And last but not least, it’s really very cheap. With just one stick you can clean practically the whole house, without the need to buy other detergents. It is easily found in all hygiene products stores and well-stocked supermarkets (often marketed as Alga soap), as well as online.
How to use yellow soap
But let’s move on to the uses of yellow soap. The most common is certainly the one that sees it as the protagonist of our laundry, replacing normal detergents or Marseille soap. It can be used as a pre-treatment on the most stubborn stains, simply by rubbing it on the affected area and letting it act for a few minutes, before putting the garment in the washing machine. And of course it can be used for washing, adding a small piece of dough directly into the basket. In this case, you don’t even need a softener: the yellow soap guarantees a clean and fragrant, but also very soft laundry.
This prodigious product is also an excellent ally in the kitchen (and not only). To make the most of it and take advantage of all its sanitizing powers, it is best to prepare a liquid formulation that is certainly easier for cleaning. Just dissolve a stick in about half a liter of boiling water, then let it cool and pour it into a spray bottle. You can also add a few drops of lemon essential oil, to intensify the scent (and the feeling of cleanliness). At this point, all that remains is to roll up your sleeves and start cleaning.
Liquid yellow soap is excellent for sanitizing all kitchen and bathroom surfaces: just spray a little and let it act for a minute, then rub with a soft cloth or sponge to remove all residues. It can also be used as a degreaser, leaving it to act for a few more minutes to allow it to remove any stain in the best possible way. And for those with green fingers, yellow soap even turns into a perfect pesticide. In this case, however, a more diluted solution is needed: dissolve 10 grams of dough in a liter of water, and then spray the product thus obtained on the leaves of the plant, morning and evening.