With four kidlets, one in cloth diapers, and a husband who likes to get dirty I do a lot of laundry, so when it comes to choosing a laundry detergent for my family, I set the bar pretty high. Most importantly, it has to be safe and natural – we live in our clothes, and there’s no way I’m going to have toxic detergent residue against my family’s skin 24/7. It also has to be effective, I spend enough time doing laundry as it is – when I pull a load out of the dryer it better be clean! Last but not least, I require a detergent that I can use for everyday laundry and cloth diapers – I want one detergent that’s awesome enough to wash everything!
In my quest to find the “perfect” laundry detergent for my family I’ve probably tried just about every natural laundry detergent on the market. Many were great, some were not, and as luck would have it the ones I liked most were the most expensive, and/or only available online. After much trial and error trying to find an affordable detergent that’s readily available and met all of my expectations, I finally threw in the towel and decided to start making my own. I’d tried making my own laundry detergent some time ago, and it was okay, but this time I wasn’t willing to settle for just “okay”. I wanted to say goodbye to buying commercial detergents for good, and I knew in order for that to happen I had to come up with a recipe that was great – and I did!
Whether you cloth diaper or not, this homemade laundry detergent is THE BOMB. It’s natural, eco-friendly, great for sensitive skin, safe for cloth diapers, and costs the average family just $30 a year. It keeps our whites white, our brights bright, and after using it on cloth diapers for almost a year I haven’t had to strip them once. Okay, enough talking, let’s get down to business!
Here’s THE BEST cloth diaper safe homemade laundry detergent recipe ever…
- 1 Box Borax
- 1 Box Washing Soda
- 4 lbs. Baking Soda
- 1 Large Tub of Oxygenated Bleach
- 3 Bars Dr Bronners Soap- Grated (I chose 1 Tea Tree 2 Lavender)
- 15 Drops Tea Tree Oil
- 15 Drops Lavender
*You’ll also need a large bucket or tub & large spoon for mixing, a cheese grater or food processor for grating the bar soap, and containers to store the detergent in.
Grate all 3 bars of Dr Bronners soap.
Add all ingredients to a large bucket or bin.
Thoroughly mix all ingredients to combine.
Scoop detergent into containers for storage, and voila! You should have enough laundry detergent to last your family about 1 year if you have an HE washer, and about 6 months if you have a “regular” washing machine.
With our HE washer I use 1 tablespoon for regular laundry, and 1/2 tablespoon for cloth diapers. Depending on your washer and how much water it uses, you may need to experiment a little to figure out how much detergent is needed. As a general rule of thumb 1 tablespoon of detergent for HE, and two tablespoons for non-HE should be about right, using half the amount for cloth diapers.
Have you tried making homemade laundry detergent before? Do you think you’ll give this recipe a try?Terri
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