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Cloth Diaper Safe Homemade Laundry Detergent- $30 For A 1 Year Supply!

Cloth Diaper Safe Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

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…

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe


  • 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.

Step One

Grated Soap

Grate all 3 bars of Dr Bronners soap.

Step Two

Homemade Laundry Soap

Add all ingredients to a large bucket or bin.

Step Three

Homemade Laundry Soap

Thoroughly mix all ingredients to combine.

Step Four

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

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?

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  1. Michelle F. says:

    simple enough for me to do :)

  2. librarypat says:

    Glad you included the HE directions. We have had problems with the detergent not rinsing out thoroughly and have been reducing the amount we use, which is less than half what is recommended. I already add baking soda and oxygenated bleach to some of my loads. I look forward to trying this and sharing it with my daughters. They are both big fans of tea tree oil and lavender.

  3. Haven’t tried making my own. I enter contests and haven’t had to buy laundry soap for a couple of years.

  4. Yesterday I looked a bit more into making a batch of your detergent. We are getting close to the end of our current detergent and having 6 months worth of detergent on hand with a baby due soon sounds wonderful.
    However, I am not sure how you only spend $30 on making a batch … I was looking online for the ingredients last night. I think the only thing that makes sense getting is the Dr. Bronner’s soap and the Tea Tree Oil … but the soap alone costs $12 to 15 not including shipping. Do you spend that much on it? How and where do you get the other ingredients without going over $30? I didn’t really even include the Tea Tree oil in the calculations since it uses so little at a time.
    I was also wondering if you include the oils just for the smell or if they have additional cleaning/desinfecting properties? (I happen to have mandarin oil at home, could that be substituted for the lavender? If I used three bars of Tea Tree Oil, could I skip adding the Tea Tree oil?)
    Thank you for posting the tutorial!!!

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