Making your own laundry has many advantages: it’s very easy, economical, and ecological! Whether you are a beginner or a Zero Waste expert, doing your own laundry is useful and accessible to everyone! The homemade laundry can be used for hand washing as well as for machine washing.

Equipement
  • Heat-resistant metal bowl or saucepan (3 litres or more)
  • Kettle, water heater
  • whisk, tablespoon
  • 1 bottle or old washing powder canister (2 litres or more)
Ingredients for 2 litres of liquid detergent
  • 2 litres of water (1 litre + 1 litre)
  • 35 g of real Marseille soap
  • 35 g of liquid black soap
  • 2 tablespoons of soda crystals
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil (lemon, lavender…)
Cautionary note

Please read this information carefully !

Method
  • Boil 1 litre of water.
  • Grate the soap into a container, add the black soap and pour boiling water into the mixture.
  • Let stand for a few minutes, then stir until the soap is dissolved. Add 1 litre of tap water (cold).
  • Add the soda crystals, mix and leave to cool for a few hours.
  • Put the detergent in a canister. If desired, scent with essential oil.
  • If the detergent thickens too much, it can be diluted with a little bit of water the next day.
  • Shake the canister well before each use. Use this detergent in the same dosage as any other detergent.
Remarks

For very dirty laundry:
You can rub the Marseille soap directly on the stains by moistening it with water. It is an excellent stain remover.
You can also add 2 tablespoons of Sodium Percarbonate (solid hydrogen peroxide, made from natural raw materials) in the drum of the machine.
For the softener:
Alcohol vinegar is perfect as a fabric softener, put 1 tablespoon in the softener tray. Be careful not to use too much, as it can damage the elastics of your clothes.