DIY Cloth Diaper & Baby Detergent

Effective DIY laundry detergent that is cloth diaper and baby safe. Finally a long-lasting detergent!
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When I first started cloth diapering I decided on using Charlie’s Soap which worked very well. But, I wanted to get away from buying laundry detergent and make my own. So, I did some research and found the best cloth diaper safe and baby clothing safe detergent.This detergent also works well for all the family’s laundry! 

For a nice scent, add some essential oils like Lemon, Lavender, and Purification. I only add it to our clothes 🙂

This recipe will last a VERY long time and I made a large batch of it to have it out of the way and done. This cheap amazing recipe is a breeze!


For a smaller batch use this recipe:


If you want to try it out first to see if you like it try the small batch out. If you love it then go for the larger batch!

Go here for my Cloth Diaper Washing Routine and a free PDF print out of an effective cloth diaper wash.

This recipe will last you a a very long time. Even with 2 or more I would guess about 2 + years, depending on the laundry load/soil level, using it only for cloth diapers, and or baby clothes.  So your looking at around $30 for a years (so far on 2nd year) worth of laundry detergent. Buy from Amazon, Walmart, or Home Depot. I would also include a 5 gallon bucket to put your large batch in.

For our little ones laundry, cloth diapers,  me and my husband’s laundry I add 1/4 cup of this detergent. If it’s a larger load I add a little bit more.

If you notice your cloth diapers are starting not to absorb very much then your next step would be to strip your diapers. I recommend stripping your diapers once a month to be on the safe side, or use my new routine above and strip your diapers a lot less. See my post here on how to strip your cloth diapers.

About Keami Terrill

Hi! Being a Mom of three girls (2 in Heaven), past nanny and teacher for infants, I've decided to share my tips on how to get by day by day with your little ones.

24 thoughts on “DIY Cloth Diaper & Baby Detergent

  1. I definitely am going to do this for our new baby coming in May! How much TBsps or cups do you put in each load?

    1. For a normal to large load I do about 1/4 cup. If I have super large load that is heavily soiled I do 1/4 cup + 3/4 cup.
      You are going to love it! Saves a lot of money 🙂

  2. Is this laundry detergent effective/safe for the whole family’s clothes, or is it better just for baby/cloth diapers?

  3. Do you know if this detergent is safe for high efficiency washing machines? I really want to try this recipe, but I don’t want to buy the materials without knowing if I can use it in my washer. I tried to find this information on the washing machine’s website, but I had no luck.

    1. Yes it is safe for HE machines, we have an HE as well and it works well together. Use a little amount of the detergent for a few test rounds and see the results it gives. Try making the small batch first to test out in your HE washer.

  4. hello,

    im currently staying in the Philippines and we don’t have these brands that you’ve mentioned. is there an alternative product with the same content of the other one? like for the washing soda, can i use a baking soda instead?

    Thanks for the help!

  5. I used this recipe on some gently used prefolds and inserts I bought at a yard sale over the weekend. I couldn’t believe how clean it got them! Currently kicking myself for not taking before and after pictures haha I’m including a link to this on my blog. Thank you for sharing it!

    1. SO GLAD!!!! Your comment made my day!! Its amazing how much you can save not only with making your own detergent but using inserts found at a yard sale too…super savings!!

  6. Would you recommend avoiding the original OxiClean formula? I didn’t realize there were “baby” and “free” options and I just left the store with the regular “versatile stain remover” kind!

    1. I would stick with baby or free, just so you know that you can safely use it on cloth diapers and your babies cloths. Just extra protection so your child doesn’t break out into a rash or your cloth diapers don’t come out as fresh as they should. The free or baby doesn’t have the extra “stuff” as original does that could cause build up on cloth diapers and/or not be sensitive to babies skin. Hope this helps! If you haven’t opened yet I’m sure you can return it.

  7. In the recipe, it says to use one tub of oxiclean and that it’s 96 ounces. but the link I clicked goes to a 3 lb tub which is only 48 ounces. I can’t find any of the oxiclean free or baby in a 6 lb tub. Should I get 2 tubs or was the 96 oz a typo? I want to be sure I do it right!
    Thanks!

    1. For my child personally I never added it to her diaper wash. I have added it to her cloth wipe solution (couple drops of lavender) and she had bad rashes from the essential oil. I would say maybe try it with lemon in the cloth diaper wash? And also see if your child has sensitive skin. Even for the babies clothes you have to be careful on how much you add and it all really depends if your child has sensitive skin and/or allergic to one of the essential oils.

  8. When I make my detergent, I use Fels Naptha. Would this be okay to use with my diapers and/or stripping?

    1. I have an HE top loader as well, I use 1/4 cup for each load. If I have a really soiled load or a super large load of diapers then I’ll do 1/4 cup and an additional half of the 1/4 cup.

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