I first tried Marseille Soap last year and I am SUPER impressed.
It is one of the most versatile, eco-friendly, sustainable cleaning products out there and here are some of my favourite ways to use them.
Made from only organic olive oil (70%), coconut oil (30%), water and sea salt it's one of the best natural products and every household should have one.
1) Stain Remover
Black current juice, dirty collars and spilt food are no match for Marseille Soap. Simply wet the stain, rub with the bar and leave to soak before washing as normal.
I left my sister speechless following an incident with a white t-shirt, some black current juice and my three year old niece! (She took one home with her!)
Make your own laundry liquid which is suitable for both your machine as well as handwashing delicates including wool.
Add 30g of grated Marseille Soap for every 1 litre of hot water. Once the solution has cooled you can add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to soften water and eliminate odours and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar which acts as a fabric softener. Mix together and shake well before each use.
Use approximately 3/4 cup per load. Each machine varies so you may need to try a couple of times to find what suits you the best.
3) Washing Up
Simply grate some soap (one or two teaspoons) into your washing up bowl, pour in hot water and allow it to dissolve then wash as normal.
Alternatively rub a wet dish brush or cloth directly onto the bar until it foams and use on your dishes.
4) Plant Pest Control
Add 20g of grated soap to 1 litre of hot water and dissolve. Then using (or preferably reusing) a spray bottle spray your pest prone plants daily for up to three days. If it's herbs simply rinse them before consuming.
5) Travel Bar
The bar is great for when your away as it can double up (quintuple even!) as a shampoo bar, soap bar, shaving bar, laundry hand wash and for the brave as a toothpaste. (I confess I'm not quite ready to try the latter!)
6) Pet Shampoo
If it's good enough for your locks then it's good enough for the pets too. The bar is mild enough so it won't irritate their skin. Simply use as you would soap and ensure you thoroughly rinse afterwards for a perfectly pampered pooch.
I've just tried this one as I hadn't heard of it until now and it's really made my silver sparkle (I think I need more silver!!)
Grate some soap and dissolve about a teaspoon of it in hot water then allow your jewellery to soak for up to 15 minutes. Rub it gently, rinse thoroughly and polish with a soft dry cloth.
Bling bling darling!
8) Kitchen and Bathroom Surfaces
This is a simple and toxic free way to clean around the house. Either rub a damp cloth or sponge on the bar or rub the bar directly onto the surface. Clean as normal and rinse thoroughly. Easy peasy.
9) Toilet Cleaner
You're probably going to guess what to do here but...... add some grated soap to boiling water, pour it down the toilet and brush as normal.
There are more uses I'm sure but I think you get the idea now. If you discover another one please please share it with me so we can spread the word.
In the meantime let the Marseille Soap put some Oo La La into your cleaning!