Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cloth Diaper Safe Homemade Laundry Detergent

If you have been following my blog or YouTube you know that I am cloth diapering my baby girl. Cloth diaper detergent is expensive. Having to spend that extra money does not help when cloth diapering to save money. I started looking for recipes for homemade laundry soap that was cloth diaper safe. I also wanted to find a detergent for our family clothing to save money as well. This is what I found and it works great. I hope everyone enjoys this inexpensive and easy to make laundry soap.

If you have an HE washer not to worry this is safe for HE washers. :)
Both produce low suds as required for the HE brands.
Make sure to use the right amount. :)

Cloth Diaper Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe:
(Powdered, only takes about 3 minutes to make)
If you want a fragrance all you do is add two drops of your choice of essential oil to the water before adding your diapers.

2 cups of Borax
2 cups of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda!)
2 cups of Oxygen cleaning powder, such as Oxyclean (I get my Oxyclean from Wal-Mart)

Mix it up well so there are no lumps. Use 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) for small loads & 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) for large loads.
Store your detergent in a recycled, air tight container. I use a candy joy from the dollar store and it works great. I made a label and taped it to the side on the container with Cloth Diaper Detergent on it with the recipe.

Everyday Laundry Soap Detergent Recipe for your Family Laundry
(takes about 10 to 15  minutes to make)
If you want an added fragrance you can add 2 drops of essential oil to water before adding your clothes.
1 bar finely grated Zote,  Castile or Fels-Naptha Soap (You can use Ivory but you will need 2 bars instead of 1. I have heard that Ivory is not good for your washer so I do not recommend using Ivory.)
1 cup of Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 cup of Oxygen cleaner powder, such as Oxyclean

Mix all ingredients well. It will look like yellow (if you use Fels-Naptha) or pink (if you use the pink zote bar) & white granules. Use 1 tablespoon for light, small loads & 2 tablespoons for large loads.
Store in a recycled air tight container. I use a coffee can and I have labeled it with the recipe on the label. I also clearly state on the label that it is the family detergent. 

If you have hard water you can add a water softener, Washing soda is a water softener. You can add 1/2 a cup more to the mix for hard water.

This has saved us so much money and it is fun and super easy to make. I hope you find this as wonderful as  I do.

Until Next Time!
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CraftsofthePast said...

How thoughtful of you, Jennifer. I was shocked when I came back to California from living overseas for 15 years. I found that everyone was using disposable diapers on their babies. Never understood that one.

laos348 said...

I am beyond the diaper stage but found the Everyday Laundry soap recipe interesting. Thanks for the info!

coltpixy said...

I've used the Fels-Naptha version for years. It cleans really well and saves loads of money vs. name brand detergents.
Really did not mean to make a pun there it just happened. haha!!

Jennifer Tuminello said...

It works GREAT and what a huge money saver!!! :)

Ewenique said...

I use a similar detergent recipe for our family's laundry. Works great! I may have to try your variation.

Amy Moggio said...

Can I use dove?

Jennifer Tuminello said...

Amy, People have used Dove but what I have read tells me Dove is not a good option. There are to many moisturizers in dove and it can build up in the washer and cause problems. Same as with Ivory soap. Dove is more expensive than Fels-Naptha and Zote. The Fels-Naptha and Zote are your best and cheapest options. Both are made for laundry.

Summer said...

Is the CD detergent good for hard water?

Jennifer Tuminello said...

Summer, Yes it sure is. I live in Arizona and we have very HARD water and this works great!!

Anonymous said...

Have you ever made this into a liquid form? If so, how much water do you melt the soap shavings into and how much of the finished product do you use?

Jennifer Tuminello said...

You can find a good liquid formula here: It works great. It just takes more time to do. The liquid formula is not good for cloth diapers. It works great for regular laundry.

Anonymous said...

I've been reading a lot about homemade detergents for cloth diapers. I've heard a lot of people say not to use Borax because it breaks down the elastic faster. Maybe something we should look into more?

Jennifer Tuminello said...

I have been using this formula for almost 2 years and the elastic has not been effected during that time. I would think if the Borax was going to effect the elastic it would have by now.

Rebecca Reis said...

Is there a reason why the cloth diaper detergent couldn't be used for all of the family washing that I do? I would prefer to have only one recipe to make. . .

Jennifer Tuminello said...

Rebecca it is not really 2 recipes one just has 1 added ingredient. The added soap to the regular clothing formula is for the tough outside stains and so forth that cloth diapers do not have. What I do is Mix a big batch and at the end prepare the soap addition. Then I have 2 containers one for cloth and one for regular. I separate the base formula or cloth diaper formula into the one container and add the soap to the other and mix. Then add it to the second container. Making both at the same time :) Hope this helps.

Haajra Fareen said...

I've a question..what else can I replace Oxy with...considering its not available here in India?

Jennifer Tuminello said...

Haajra Fareen, Some call for everything but the oxy. You can leave it out. It just helps with poop stains. For any stains you can sun dry your diapers and it will remove any stains :)

Haajra Fareen said...

thankiyu so much..I;m going to try it without Oxy