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!
- 1 Large Tub OxiClean Free or “Baby”
- 3 Boxes Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (55 oz each)
- 2 Boxes 20 Mule Team Borax (76 oz each) – I love using this but you can do without it
For a smaller batch use this recipe:
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax – I love using this but you can do without it
- 1/2 cup of OxiClean Free or “Baby”
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.