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
© Savons d'ailleurs 2011