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Monday, March 12, 2012

DIY Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent

First and foremost, I can't take credit for this. I found this on a fellow Sweet Pea's blog, and decided to give it a try. Here's the "recipe":
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1/2 cup Oxiclean (or generic brand)
Storage container for detergent

You can also add 2 cups of Calgon if you have hard water. I have hard water, but it's not that hard, so I didn't add it. You combine all the ingredients into the container, and shake it up well. Voila! I do have to admit that I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure it will work just fine.

Now the best part. If this does end up being a successful detergent for Cael's diapers, here's the savings.

Storage container $2.97 (only need to buy once)
Arm & Hammer $3.24
Borax $3.38
Sun Oxygen $1.96
Total $11.55 + tax

When I need to make more, it will only cost me $8.58 + tax. I made roughly 120 ounces of laundry detergent for under $10.

The detergent I've been using, Rockin' Green Classic Rock, is a 45 ounce bag, and costs $15 +tax and shipping. So I got just under 3 times the amount of laundry detergent for about 2/3 the price of what I was using. Ah.Maze.Ing. I can't wait to try it out!


  1. So Oxiclean is safe for CD's? I just bought all of these ingredients last night.

  2. As far as I know, it's ok. I haven't had any problems with it, and the detergent I made has been working pretty well. The diapers smell clean, and they come pretty clean.