Saturday, 2 November 2013

Make your Own Liquid Laundry Soap

By Marie-Helene Blackmore

There is nothing like the fresh clean scent of laundry, washed with pure soap and left to dry under the sun in a gentle breeze...
It is very easy to make your own natural liquid laundry soap - all you need is a block of Savon de Marseille.
Savon de Marseille - blocks and flakes
  1- Grate 50g of Savon de Marseille (Marseille Soap) in a bowl, and add to it 1 litre of boiling water. If you are prefer, ready-to-use flakes such as Compagnie de Provence Marseille Soap Flakes are available in our eBoutique Savons d'ailleurs.
Grate 50g of Savon de Marseille

50 grams ;-)
2- Mix well until complete dissolution of the soap flakes (about 2-3mns)
Mix until complete dissolution of the soap flakes.
3- Pour the mixture into a 2-litre plastic bottle with a wide opening and let it cool. If you wish, you may now add 5 drops of lavender or lemon essential oil. The mixture will thicken to the consistency of a paste.
Old milk bottles look very pretty.
The hot liquid soap has a beautiful amber colour... 
...which changes to a thick milky consistency as it cools down.
4- Shake well before each use.
5- Use a small glass (200ml) of liquid laundry soap per wash*. 
Optional – If your water is hard, you may add 1 tbsp of powdered washing soda (carbonate sodium) per wash (for brighter whites, you can add up to 3 tbsp).
* This Savon de Marseille liquid laundry soap is suitable for front and top load washing machines, at any temperatures.
A few days ago, a lovely customer who has become a wonderful long-distance friend gave me this tip: instead of grating her block of soap, she puts it in the microwave for 2 minutes. When it cools down, the soap breaks in nice powdery pieces that are very easy to use.

After 2 minutes in the microwave, the block of soap looks like a foamy froth.
The foamy soap breaks easily in powdery pieces.

   Genuine Savon de Marseille is 100% pure vegetable soap. It contains no colouring, no fragrance, no additives, and is biodegradable. With its pH of 9.5, Savon de Marseille does not irritate the skin, and is ideal for sensitive skin. It is a pure antibacterial soap containing no allergenic substance, and is gentle enough to wash delicate items like baby clothes. By using this liquid laundry soap, your laundry will be washed in a natural and efficient way, while protecting the environment. Highly recommended for all your clothes, fine linen, silk and woollen.
   Our eBoutique Savons d'ailleurs stocks authentic Savon de Marseille from some of the last remaining traditional soapmakers in France: Savonneries Le Sérail, and Marius Fabre, as well as from Compagnie de Provence, La Maison du Savon de Marseille and Savonnerie La Corvette.

© Savons d'ailleurs 2011


  1. txs a lot for this recipe;
    it is quite simple ;
    i will test it tommorrw
    question please; does it expire?

  2. Hello,
    Thank you for your comment ;-)
    The liquid soap will not expire, but if it is kept in a warm/hot environment for a very long period of time, it may develop a rancid smell over time due the high content of vegetable oils in the soap. I would suggest that you only prepare one batch at a time - it will make 2 litres of liquid soap good for 10 washes.
    I hope that you enjoy making it; once you start using it, it is hard to go back to commercial detergents.

    1. ERRATUM - It will make 1 litre of liquid soap good for 5 washes.

  3. I tried it and used it; and it works for magic
    I am in my second bottle
    finally something really natural; especially for my baby clothes
    txs again for the recipe

    1. We thank you for sharing your experience with our other visitors and customers. It is a real pleasure to read that you enjoyed making and using this gentle liquid laundry soap. You can also make it with Aleppo Soap, a traditional soap from Syria which contains laurel oil - a natural antiseptic (
      Thank you for your feedback!

  4. Hello.

    Thank you for the recipe! You mention adding one litre of boiling water, but in your comments you said that it makes 2L of laundry liquid. Do I need to top it up with one more litre of water?

    Used Savon de Marseille before and I loved how it keeps the laundry fresh, but this is my first time trying the Liquid version.

    Thank you ��

    1. Thank you for your comment and for pointing out this error: this recipe will make 1 litre of liquid laundry soap (not 2 litres), good for 5 washes. The reason I suggest pouring the mixture into a 2-litre bottle is so that you can shake it before every use (as it cools, the mixture tickens and congeals.)
      You can also use this recipe to make your own liquid hand soap by pouring the mixture into an empty bottle with a pump. It is gentle for the skin and rinses very well.
      I hope that you enjoy making it!

  5. Nice blog!! Thanks for posting it.

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