DIY Laundry Detergent


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Blog Transfer #12: DIY Cloth Diaper Friendly Laundry Detergent
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The recipe I decided to use is equal amounts of Borax, Washing Soda, and Oxiclean. In this case, I used 1.5 cups of each. I also added a couple drops of lavender essential oil to make it smell good. Make sure you do this away from your kids and pets as the powder bothered my nose a bit. I'm assuming it'd be aggravating to a child/pet's nose as well. I found all of the ingredients in the laundry aisle of my grocery store, with the exception of the lavender oil which I bought at a natural food store.

The cost for my project:

Greenworks Oxiclean $7.99
Mule Team Borax $5.39
Washing Soda $3.49

Grand Total: $16.87

*I already had the lavender essential oil so that cost me nothing. You could also use Tea Tree Oil drops. Or neither.

Mix together your ingredients (I used 1.5cups of each), and add a few drops of Tea Tree or Lavender Oil, if you desire. I think the oils are unnecessary as you shouldn't be sniffing your powder laundry detergent and the smell seemed to disappear once the laundry was complete.

I used upcycled jars (just let the jars soak in hot soapy water for a couple hours and the labels will peel right off) to store the detergent in. Then I made my own labels using some sticker paper that I've had sitting around. You could probably just glue regular cardstock paper to your jar if you don't have sticky paper. 

It took me about 15 minutes to make all of this. When I was all finished, I still had half a container of all the ingredients leftover. At least.

My understanding is that for a non HE machine, you want to use 2 tbsp per load. For an HE machine, 1 tbsp should be good although it's something that might need to be experimented with for your particular washer if you have cloth diapers.

Labels for your personal use are available to download here.

I have before and after pictures below of my diapers.... I spared you the details of the dirty diapers, but they look great now that they're clean. I haven't had time to see if the recipe causes any repelling, but I can't smell any residue from the detergent on the diapers and there were no stains. As this recipe was recommended by several cloth diapering moms, I'm going to assume that it's safe for the diapers and won't cause any problems. Some of the DIY detergents that use bar soaps are not cloth diaper friendly. I wanted to make this version of the detergent so that I can use it for all my laundry, instead of needing to store two different kinds of detergent.


Happy Laundering!

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