She stuffed the socks with ivy and tossed them into a washing machine. When she pulled out the laundry, she was amazed that this inconspicuous plant has such amazing properties!

Everyone certainly recognized the green creepers shown in the following photographs. They grow in parks, woods, gardens and cemeteries. They often adorn the walls of the houses, balconies and pergolas. They love shaded place, and this is where they grow best.

English ivy (Hedera helix L.) has quite a bad reputation due to the fact that it is poisonous. All parts of the plant, especially the fruit, contain harmful saponins. Upon ingestion, ivy usually causes nausea, diarrhea, irritation to the throat and even paralysis of the body.


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This plant has some valuable properties, too, though not everyone knows them. It absorbs a number of toxic substances and has a cleansing effect. It can successfully replace the laundry nuts imported from India.

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Before using ivy, verify whether you’re not allergic to it. Do not be afraid that harmful saponins will remain on your clothes. Washing machines will wash them away, as they do with detergents.

Read on the next page how to add ivy to the washing.

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