What are the various uses of Marseille soap

What can be done with Marseille soap

To do the laundry, our grandmothers used only it: we are talking about Marseille soap, one of the detergents still widely used in the home today due to its extreme versatility.

From the unmistakable very fresh scent and pleasant, it is an absolutely cleansing product natural.

Considered the descendant of Aleppo soap, Marseille soap originates from the French city of the same name. Its origins date back, approximately, to the 1600s.

Of solid consistency, it has a yellowish color and with that characteristic clean smell.

As already mentioned, Marseille soap is very useful for various jobs.
In addition to laundry, it can also be used to clean floors and wash dishes by hand. Having an antibacterial action, many also use it for personal hygiene care.

White and very fragrant laundry

To wash clothes by hand, there is no better product than Marseille soap, from action sanitizer and degreaser. Simply rub the bar of soap vigorously on the garment to be cleaned, insisting above all on any stains or on the most difficult parts to treat, such as the inside of shirt collars for example.

Marseille soap for hand and washing machine laundry - Photo UnsplashMarseille soap for hand and washing machine laundry – Photo Unsplash

We can also use Marseille soap for the machine wash.
In this case, the bar of soap must be grated to obtain flakes.

2 full kitchen spoons are enough to be inserted directly into the washing machine drum.

Alternatively, it is also possible to make a liquid detergent.
You need to take 2 liters of very hot water and dissolve 150 grams of soap flakes in it. We will thus obtain a liquid detergent to be inserted in the washing machine tank. Indicatively, use 100 ml of product for each wash.

Effective stain remover

In the case of stubborn and/or difficult stains, such as grease and grease, pre-treat the garment by rubbing the bar of soap directly over the stain.

Leave to act for about ten minutes and then rinse or proceed with washing as usual.

Dishwashing liquid

Having excellent degreasing properties, Marseille soap is also particularly suitable for cleaning dishes. Indeed, thoroughly degrease and cleans dishes perfectly.

Marseille soap thoroughly degreases dishes and crockery - Photo Pixabay Marseille soap thoroughly degreases dishes and crockery – Photo Pixabay

To prepare a dish detergent, you need to boil half a liter of water and melt 100 grams of soap flakes.

Then add a spoonful of olive oil and 10 drops of lemon juice.
Pour the mixture thus obtained into a container with a cap to close.
The preparation will keep for about two months.


If for most people, the scent of Marseille soap is very pleasant, there are some insects who hate it.

The scent of Marseille soap is not appreciated by antsThe scent of Marseille soap is not appreciated by ants

For this reason, this soap can be used as effective repellent for some insects. In particular, it is useful for keeping away cockroaches and ants.

Just heat the water over low heat with a handful of Marseille soap flakes. Once cooled, pour the solution into a container with a spray bottle and spray along the thresholds and in the corners of the house.

How to perfume with Marseille soap

As already mentioned, one of the most unmistakable characteristics of Marseille soap is its fresh scent That tastes good.

So why not spread its very pleasant fragrance in the various rooms of the house?

Quite simply, you have to take the piece of soap and grate it to obtain some flakes to insert into little bags of canvas, tulle or organza, and place them in strategic points.

They are perfect for example inside the wardrobes it’s us drawers of the laundry.
The idea of ​​placing the scented sachets under the mattress or under the sofa cushions is very smart.

How to use Marseille soap to wash floors

With Marseille soap we can also clean floors perfectly, at the same time spreading its aroma in the environment.

Marseille soap is great for cleaning floorsMarseille soap is great for cleaning floors

Obviously, the treatment varies according to the type of floor.

For i ceramic floorsprepare a cleaner made with 3 liters of boiling water20 gr flakes of Marseille soapa quarter cup of White vinegar and 5 tbsp alcohol.

Mix everything very well and use to clean ceramic floors, using a soft microfiber cloth.

Detergent with Marseille soap for wooden floors

Always much appreciated and indicated in various contexts, wooden floors have the defect of being very delicate.

Originally from France, Marseille soap is solid and yellowish - Photo PixabayOriginally from France, Marseille soap is solid and yellowish – Photo Pixabay

To clean them with a home made detergent, mix 20 g of flakes of Marseille soap in 3 liters of cold water. Mix thoroughly and then clean the surfaces with a microfibre cloth.

Antibacterial Marseille soap

Among the various properties, Marseille soap is known as an effective antibacterial, capable of sanitizing garments, surfaces and even the epidermis.

So let’s see how to prepare a liquid hand cleaner.

We’ll have to take half a liter of boiling water and melt 100 g of soap flakes. Then add a spoonful of olive oil and, if desired, even a spoonful of vegetable glycerin.

Marseille soap is an excellent antibacterialMarseille soap is an excellent antibacterial

Mix everything with a mixer and then pour the detergent thus obtained into a container equipped with a dispenser.

To enhance the antibacterial function, it is possible to add a few drops of tea tree.

This soap, in addition to having an antibacterial action, is degreasing and purifying and, at the same time, also plays asoothing action.

Thanks to these characteristics, the Marseille soap-based cleanser is suitable for all skin types.

Other properties of Marseille soap

Marseille soap-based hand cleanser is also great to use as bath-shower or bubble bath.

In addition to the antibacterial action, Marseille soap:

  • it is degreasing;
  • smoothes the skin, leaving it smooth and soft;
  • it is hypoallergenic;
  • rebalances the pH of the skin;
  • promotes cell growth and skin regeneration.

Wash marble floors with Marseille soap

Now let’s see how to make a Marseille soap-based cleaner to clean and sanitize marble floors.

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Take a bucket with 3 liters of waterthen add 2 tablespoons of soap flakes10 tbsp alcohol e 2 tu bicarbonate.

Mix carefully until the ingredients are completely dissolved (use an immersion blender if necessary).

Wipe the floor with a microfibre cloth soaked in the cleaning solution produced.

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