L’ane vert going chemical free (+ recipes of natural products)


Store-bought products contain chemicals that are both harmful to the environment and our bodies. One reason is the substances that are used in industrial products are not biodegradable or only very slow. This means that they stay in the water for a very long time, contaminate soils and eventually kill the flora and fauna.

To fight this, we’ve been working on entirely natural recipes! It is particularly important here at L’Ane Vert as we filter and reuse all of our water for our garden. Indeed, chemical products also kill the good bacteria that is essential to filtering our water in our water-epuration system. One way to solve the problem is to use baking soda as a key ingredient as it has an adverse effect neither on the aquatic ecosystem nor on consumers.

So after trying dozens of combinations and adjusting proportions, we now have our very own 100% natural cleaning products and cosmetics! Here are the recipes for you to try at home as well!



Pour some orange and lime peels in white vinegar in a jar or big plastic bottle, and let it marinate for a couple of weeks. Your all-purpose cleaner is now ready to use everywhere at home, from kitchen sinks and windows to bathrooms and counters.

Tip: it’s an excellent way to easily remove wax stains as well!


1,5L hot water

25g black soap

4 tbsp baking soda

Juice of 2 limes

30 drops of Rosemary and lavendar essential oils each

Mix the hot water, black soap and lime juice together. It helps using a whisk to dissolve the soap. Add the baking soda slowly and mix well. Let it cool, mix some more and finally add the essential oils.


Dissolve 100g of black soap in 1L of boiling hot water. Add 2 tbsp of baking soda. Mix well. When it’s cooled down, add 15 drops of lavender essential oil.


This will depend on what your floors are made of. Using a 70% white vinegar and 30% water mix with 30 drops of tea tree essential oil works really well on hard surfaces such as tiles. If you have wooden floors, diluting a bit of black soap in warm water will do the job, without even having to rinse it!




Mix 100g of sea salt together with 50g of olive oil and 5 cl of argan oil. Pour a few drops of geranium essential oil and you just made yourself a Moroccan scrub!


Dissolve some black soap with hot water until you reach a nice, thick consistency. Finish up by adding some drops of your favourite essential oil if you wish.


3 water filters up and running


Today’s the day all of our water filters are back up and running!

After building a 22 m3 water filter in August with the help of our great engineer students, we’ve had to focus on our older water filter.

After two years of constant use and over 2000 tons of water filtered, this 38 m3 water filter needed an extension as well as a bit of a clean, and what a touch up we’ve given it!

We started by transplanting all of the reefs on top of the filter and by emptying the layer of sand that was clogging the underneath layers of filtration. We’ve replaced it with a layer of thin gravel instead and replanted the reef on each side of the PVC tube that’s now distributing the water evenly all over the filter.

The idea is to switch filters every week or so in order to give a bit of relief to the filter that is resting, which should prevent damage from any overuse of our filters.

So what’s next for us water-wise? Soon we will begin the construction of a retention tank that will ensure a first filtering stage in order to avoid clogging our filters. This will help us reach an even better quality grey water that we will reuse to water our colorful garden all year long!



We are very happy and pleased to have recently hosted our 8th Artist Residency with Samuel Dougados that stayed with us for an amazing Environmental Art Project that took place in Tafedna.

It was a real pleasure to watch the creation and development of the incredible and imposing shapes on the sand of our pristine beach that you can see on the pictures. The most impressive part is that no tools have been used besides his very particular rake.

A big thank you Samuel for this fantastic happening and opportunity to have discovered such a great talent and to also make us be a part of your Artistic projects.

We will be very glad to have you back soon!

If you want to check out more of Samuel’s work or contact him you can follow these links:

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Website: https://www.sam-dougados.com/