I wash a lot of cloth diapers, which means I use a lot of detergent. I find that Tide and Bleach work pretty well at disinfecting, deodorizing and stain prevention, but that means that I have to buy loads of plastic and put things that I don’t have a shot at pronouncing on my baby’s most sensitive areas. This recipe took 1/2 an hour to make, $10 in supplies and is enough to cover me for almost a year. And even better – all the ingredients came from Dorignac’s…it’s so easy it could put Tide out of business.
Homemade Laundry Powder
- 3 bars (about 6 cups) grated castille soap
- 3 cups Borax
- 3 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
The hardest and most time-consuming part of making this powder is grating the soap. You could use a food processor, but since mine is on its last leg I decided to grate it with a cheese grater.
Mix it all together and use! I use 1 tblsp. per load, 2 if it is a huge load. And don’t forget to use a little vinegar as a fabric softener in your rinse cycle.
Altogether, I spend $10 on supplies. I made about a year’s supply and still have about half a box of both the Borax and Washing Soda left.