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Many years ago when I (Mary) started cloth diapering I hated paying $12 for a gallon of laundry detergent to wash them. I sought out recipes for homemade laundry detergent. I stumbled across many different options, but settled on this version and 4+ years later we are still using it.

*Use 1 TBSP per load of laundry, 2 if the clothes are really dirty!

Step 1: Ingredients & Tools

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1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Bar of Kirk’s Castile Soap Hypoallergenic (what Kim is trying out) or Fels Naptha (what I use)

Large bowl/dish, grater, measuring cup, mixing spoon & Storage Container

Vairfiend7 months ago

OK, just made my first batch using Castille. I'm trying it out on our sheets and some white/light colors. I'm using HOT water and added a third TBSP, just for good measure. ;) Waiting to see how it does.

neo716651 year ago

Baking soda (NaHCO3) and laundry soda (Na2CO3) are pretty close to the same thing. You can spread out baking soda on a cookie sheet and heat it in an oven to drive off the hydrogen and turn it into a make do laundry soda if you can't find any or need laundry soda now. In a pinch using baking soda alone as is will also work but causes the detergent to clump.

Yes, excellent tip about the washing soda. Thank you for taking the time to comment.