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Making Your Own Detergent

November 29, 2010

I have been a member on Diaperswappers for several years. One of the many natural and thrifty things I learned in the forums was how to save money by making my own laundry and diswashing detergent. I make both and they work great! I save a lot of money using these recipes.

For Laundry I mix equal parts:

Borax – I buy mine at Target in the detergent aisle

Washing Soda – made by Arm & Hammer (you can find it at Kroger in the detergent aisle)

OxyClean – I use Oxyclean free

For diswashing detergent I mix equal parts:


-Washing Soda

-(sometimes I do add a little of my regular dishwashing detergent in the larger cup to make sure they don’t get spots)

-I also add some vinegar to the rinse cycle cup to get them extra sparkling clean! It’s a little smelly but I don’t mind:-)


Here’s another recipe I found recently called Diva Detergent. I haven’t used it for my cloth diapers, but it looks like one I’d like to try:

“I use Diva Detergent for laundry, soaking out stains and foul odors, scouring my sinks and bathtub; I even scrubbed my patio with it.

Here’s the recipe:

Diva Detergent

1 55 oz. box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 cup Mule Team Borax
2 Cups Oxygen Cleaner
1/2 cup Simple Green
1/2 cup Water Softening Powder

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Put all dry ingredients in a large container – (bucket, dishpan) mix with your hands to combine. Put gloves on before adding liquid ingredients as there is a chemical reaction that makes it get rather warm…..and could burn your skin. Drizzle the wet ingredients over the top of the dry ingredients. Mix with your hands until well combined and all liquid is mixed in and there are no clumps. If it still seems too moist, you can add a box of baking soda**. Humidity levels in different parts of the country can make a difference here, as your dry ingredients might have a higher moisture content. Store in a sealed container. I have used Rubbermaid, Tupperware, coffee cans….whatever you have on hand.

Use 1-2 1/8 cup scoops (the kind that came with the oxygen cleaner) per load. You’ll have to experiment a bit to find what works best with your water condition and washer size. I recommend stripping your diapers with RLR before beginning to use this detergent.* “

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  1. December 23, 2010 11:26 pm

    I have been making my own detergent for a few years. It’s amazing how we can use resources to make something they sell in the stores for WAY too much! I haven’t ever added simple green before. Will have to try that.

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    Merry Christmas ♥ Mel

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