Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipes


Powdered Laundry Detergent

Supplies needed:
Container with a lid to hold 2 Cups of detergent
Cheese grater
Measuring spoons and cups

Ingredients required:
1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap*
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax

Directions:
1. Grate about 2/3 of the Fels Naptha soap bar with a cheese grater. (Yields about 1 Cup)
2. Add the Borax and washing soda to the grated soap.
3. Shake well.

For light load, use 1 tablespoon.
For a heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.

If you have an HE washing machine, you might want to use a bit less detergent for normal and/or cloth diaper loads. Just experiment with your amounts. Start with about 1/2 of a tablespoon and gradually increase as needed to get your clothes clean. If your laundry starts to come out feeling stiff, lower the amount of detergent you are using.

*Fels Naptha Soap can be a bit harsh. Monitor your diapered child for signs of potential irritation or use one of the alternative bar soaps listed at the start of the article.


Heavy Powdered Laundry Detergent

Supplies needed:
Container with a sealing lid
Medium size bowl
Stirring spoon
Measuring cups

Ingredients required:
1 ounce liquid castile soap
1 cup washing soda (available in the supermarket)
1 cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar

Directions:
1. Pour liquid castile soap into bowl.
2. Stir in the washing soda.
3. Break up any lumps in the baking soda, then stir it in.
4. Slowly add vinegar. This will likely cause your concoction to foam up a bit.
5. Keep stirring the mixture. It should start off as a thick paste and then start to break apart into a heavy powdered consistency. Be sure to break up lumps as you stir.

For a normal to full sized load, 1/2 Cup is sufficient. If you have an HE washing machine, you might want to use a bit less detergent for normal and/or cloth diaper loads. Just experiment with your amounts, gradually adding detergent until your laundry comes out clean.

*Disclaimer - Soaps, like those called for in the above recipes, can cause a build-up that leads to repelling on cloth diapers. Most cloth diaper manufacturers do not recommend the use of pure soaps for this reason. Although many moms choose to make their own laundry detergent using the recipes we have shared here, they also realize that stripping their diapers will likely be needed over time. Please consult your manufacturer's warranty before using any of these recipes on your cloth diapers. The information contained within this site is given without warranty, either expressed or implied. The Diaper Jungle cannot be held liable for any damages caused directly or indirectly by the links and information on this site. In addition, changes and improvements to the information provided herein may be made at any time.

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