10 recipes for Marseille’s black soap for a clean and healthy home, naturally.
This black soap is the best economic, ecological and environment friendly alternative for cleaning your house from the floor to the ceiling, including plants and even the dog!
Firstly, what exactly is Marseille’s black soap?
It is simply pure olive oil that has gone through its saponification process in a cauldron, the old fashion way! Be cautious of the poor imitations which many come from China! At Savon des Cantons, we directly import our cauldron stewed black soap from one of the last three soap making factories from Marseille.
But is it biodegradable?
Absolutely, since it is 100% plant-based, it is a multi-usage product from the home that has the smallest ecological footprint. Hard to beat, no? So no more detersives or other industrial detergents with a strong ecological footprint.
So here are 10 of the most common ways to use this black soap
1/ Hardwood floors or ceramic floors, floating floors, laminated flooring.
For an enjoyable lemony scent, add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil in your dilution. The black soap will sanitize any surface, which means that babies for example, can walk around on all fours on your clean floors, without any chemical products. On top of getting a super deep clean out of this product, black soap will also treat your hardwood or ceramic floors, as well as your marble, terracotta and floating floors.
Recipe: Dilute 2 tablespoons of black soap in 5 liters of hot water. Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil to increase the sanitizing properties and to add a lovely smell to the room. Clean the surface and it is not necessary to rinse.
2/ Kitchen counters, sinks, kitchenettes, pans and ovens, range hood.
Black soap has a natural ability to degrease, it will eliminate grease stains and sanitize all surfaces made of wood, granit, marble or even laminated surfaces. It can also be used to clean soot off an oven.
Recipe: Pour a little bit of black soap on a damp sponge, wash your surfaces and rinse with hot water. To clean an oven; when it is still lukewarm, directly apply the soap to the areas of the oven that have soot or are dirty, let the soap treat the oven overnight and then rinse the soap out with hot water.
3/ A natural dishwashing product? Absolutely!
It cleans and makes your dishes sparkle, which is clearly a wonderful alternative to the not ecologically friendly industrial dishwashing soaps. It is also perfect for your pans and casseroles or even for fryers. Black soap will also give stainless steel saucepans their original shine back.
Recipe: Pour a little bit of black soap on a damp sponge, clean your dishes and rinse with hot water.
No more alcohol-based products!
Recipe: Dilute a small tablespoon of the black soap in two liters of hot water. Clean your windows with a sponge that is soaked with your dilution and wipe off the surface with a squeegee. It is not necessary to rinse afterwards, but for a sharp finish, use a dry microfiber cloth.
5/ It loves leather!
Whether it’d be your sofas, jackets, car seats or other objects, black soap is marvellous since it will not only give your leather a glossy and smooth finish, it will also nourish them due to its 100% plant-based composition. Ideal for saddles and horse harnesses!
Recipe: Pour a little bit of black soap on a clean cloth, scrub the leather to wash it and then rinse with lukewarm water.
6/ The barbeque.
What a hard surface to clean! With the black soap, it’s easy as pie, your grilles and the interior of your barbeque will rediscover their shine.
Recipe: Pour a little bit of black soap directly on a hard-bristled brush, scrub the grill and all other parts that have grease, then rinse with hot warm.
7/ Stoves and fireplaces
Black soap will eliminate all soot from your stove or your fireplace. The window to your slow burning wood stove will rediscover its transparency and you will of course be avoiding the usual chemical cleaning products that are strongly potent and very bad for you and the environment.
Recipe: Pour some black soap on a ball of newspaper, scrub the window of your stove and rinse with hot water.
8/ Cars, motorbikes, bikes, boats…
Whether it’d be in the interior or the exterior, from the dashboard to the bodywork, your car will rediscover its glossiness that made you buy it in the first place. Same thing goes for your motorbikes, bikes or boats. It works as well on the bodywork as it does for the dashboard.
Recipe: Pour a little bit of black soap on a damp sponge, scrub the surface that needs to be cleaned, and rinse with lukewarm water.
In a vaporising dilution, you will be a able to naturally treat your interior and exterior plants against fungus and red spiders that slowly are killing them.
Recipe: Dilute 5 tablespoons of black soap in a liter of lukewarm water, pour the mixture in a sprayer bottle and spray the dilution directly on your plants. Black soap is effective against aphids, scale insects, red spiders and other bugs that hurt your plants. Avoid treating your plants in direct sunlight.
10/ Domesticated animals.
Black soap gently washes your dogs and cats fur leaving them shiny and healthy. It is also ideal for horses!
Recipe: Soak the fur of your favorite animal, use two to three drops of black soap directly on the fur, just like a shampoo, scrub and rinse well. Also ideal for horses.