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How do I make my own washing-up liquid with Marseille soap?

Recipe for dishwashing liquid with Marseille soap | La Corvette

Made in the traditional way from a recipe based on vegetable oils, water and soda ash Marseille soap is an excellent hygiene product for the body. Its degreasing and antibacterial properties also make it an essential household cleaner, and an ingredient of choice for your DIY home maintenance recipes. La Corvette - Savonnerie du Midi offers you a Do It Yourself recipe to make your own washing-up liquid with Marseille soap.

The benefits of homemade washing-up liquid

There are several advantages to making your own washing-up liquid:

  • You know the nature and origin of the various ingredients in your recipe;
  • You use only natural ingredients that protect the planet and take care of your health and your hands;
  • You can adapt the recipe to your own taste, for example by adding different essential oils;
  • You reduce your waste production because you throw away less packaging;
  • DIY is generally more economical than store-bought products, for the same quality.

DIY can also become a moment of sharing and conviviality. You'll have the pleasure of using cleaning products you've created, perhaps with your family and the help of your children.

Recipe for washing-up liquid with Marseille soap shavings

You can make your own homemade washing-up liquid from Marseille soap shavings or flakes.

The ingredients

For 1 liter of washing-up liquid, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 liter of water ;
  • 60 grams Marseille soap shavings or flakes ;
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda ;
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar ;
  • 10 to 15 drops of the essential oil of your choice (tea tree, peppermint, lemon, sweet orange...).

You can adapt the quantities of ingredients to suit your needs. For example, you can divide the measurements by three, to produce around 330 ml of washing-up liquid. Don't have any Marseille soap shavings or flakes? You can finely grate a cube or a bar of soap.


This recipe requires equipment found in every kitchen:

  • An empty bottle (you can buy a glass dishwashing liquid dispenser or use a refillable dispenser);
  • A saucepan;
  • A wooden spoon or spatula ;
  • A funnel.

The step-by-step recipe

Preparation is particularly simple and takes just a few minutes:

  1. Pour the water into the saucepan and heat;
  2. Add the Marseille soap shavings or flakes, and stir until dissolved using a spoon or spatula;
  3. Gradually add the white vinegar and baking soda (wait a few minutes if a reaction occurs);
  4. Add the essential oil of your choice;
  5. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to the dishwashing liquid dispenser.

We recommend shaking the mixture before each use to prevent the soap from settling to the bottom of the dispenser. And if you're looking for an alternative to homemade Marseille soap dishwashing liquid, why not try our black soap recipe.

Discover our dishwashing soaps

Are you looking for dishwashing soap made from natural ingredients? La Corvette - Savonnerie du Midi has developed a range of solid and liquid soaps specially designed for this purpose.

Our ECOCERT-certified solid dishwashing soaps are environmentally friendly. Offered in an economical format, they reduce your waste production with their minimalist packaging made from paper from sustainably managed forests (FSC-certified) and recyclable. They are enriched with bicarbonate of soda and palm oil-free, and come in a range of fragrances. Our liquid dishwashing soaps, also ECOCERT-certified, are also available in several fragrances. You can opt for a dishwashing liquid with Marseille soap or black soap.

Finally, we can also help you take care of your laundry and your skin: try our recipe for homemade laundry detergent with Marseille soapfor clean, stain-free clothes, as well as our liquid soap recipefor everyday hand washing.