DIY Cloth Diaper Detergent

The not-so-magic ingredients

Cloth diapering is a great way to save money. When I started rounding up my supplies to get started, I ran into the difficult decision of what cloth diaper detergent to use. First, I trekked around the internet looking for reviews from fellow moms on what worked best. Once I’d narrowed it down to a few, I went over to Amazon and searched pricing. Then it dawned on me… having to buy special cloth diaper detergent on top of my regular detergent for clothing isn’t very cost efficient, I thought the whole point of this was to save money. Since then, my friend gave me a recipe for her own homemade detergent. I tweaked it just a little because we have hard water.

Homemade Cloth Diaper Recipe

1 cup Super Washing Soda

1 cup Baking Soda

1 1/4 cup Oxygen cleaner (Oxiclean) {if you do not have hard water, use 1 cup}

Yet another use for the blender!

I put all the ingredients together in my blender until it became a nice fine powder. I use one tablespoon for a small load (6- 10 pocket diapers) and 2 tablespoons for larger loads. It does not bubble up so it is HE machine safe. You may or may not have already developed a washing cycle that works for you, here is mine:

(I have a top load HE machine, Fisher Paykel which is like the Maytag Bravos)

Cold rinse cycle (no soap)

Hot wash cycle (add soap)

Warm/Cold wash cycle (I like to make sure there isn’t any residue left over on the dipes)

I own pocket diapers with microfiber inserts, sometime they still have stains. I’ve found they are easy removed by sunning.

Depending on your washing machine you may have developed your

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