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

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

<p>can you use Zote bar instead of fels naptha, and what is the ratio of Zote bar to washing soda &amp; borax? Its a pretty big bar. how many bars of Zote do you use if you want to make a big ole batch?</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>Yes, excellent tip about the washing soda. Thank you for taking the time to comment.</p>

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