Thursday, February 9, 2012

DIY diaper detergent

I used cloth diapers for all 3 of my kids, the first one (15 years ago) the diaper were pretty basic nothing like what they are today.  When my second child came, twelve years later, I still had the diapers that I used with my first. I upgraded to some AIO (all in ones). They are awesome, rarely leak and little to no diaper rash.

I use to just wash my diapers with the regular laundry detergent, but they would get smelly after a while. Sunshine is a natural diaper cleaning agent, but when it's winter. Hanging diapers outside...well they would take a while.

I started Googling  natural diaper detergents and found some really good recipes. I thought I would give it a try. I only use 1 or 2 tbsp of this. I have a top load washing I can fill up the washer with diapers and water, let them soak for 30 minutes, and then run it.  I am super happy with the price and results!!

Find a big container and fill it with equal parts of washing soda and borax.
Then grate a bar of Dr.Bronners soap ( I use peppermint, it leaves a nice smell), and run it through a food processor.  Pour it into the container and give it shake to mix it all up.


  1. Did you try the liquid version? :)

  2. No I didn't try the liquid version yet...I didn't have a large bucket. Next batch I will for sure :)

  3. I've been making and using my own laundry soap for almost four years now, and I just switched from the liquid version to the powdered version. The liquid version is good, but if you don't shake or stir it quite a bit while it is cooling and then several times over the next few days after you make it, it really gels into a difficult to use solid. It also takes up way more space than the powder. The powder is working just as well in cleaning my clothes.

    I've used a number of different bar soaps to make it, and they all seem to work equally well, Ivory, Bronner's and recently a really nice lemon smelling bar of actual laundry soap from Italy that I got from Bosa Foods on sale for $2. One thing I've found is that if you grate the soap and leave it in a bowl open to the air for a day or two, it sort of dries out and then powders into a really fine powder in the food processor and dissolves better when you put it into the machine when you do cold washes. I also add a few scoops of the powdered oxyclean to the recipe and find my whites don't get as dingy over time.

    Hurrah for home-made laundry soap!