Homemade laundry detergent for baby clothes & cloth diapers?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 5
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1535 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Evie19:  I tried homemade laundry detergent, and, while it worked on my clothes, it did not get DH’s clothes clean.  Granted, he is a general contractor, so his clothes come home filthy, but it was just not getting the dirt off.  In regards to Soap Nuts, I have never tried them, so I don’t know if they work.  I also am not due until March, so I don’t know if it is cloth diaper safe, but since it didn’t clean my husband’s clothes, I doubt it will clean poopy diapers, but you never know until you try it! 

Post # 7
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1535 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Evie19:  I was hoping the same thing because it was so inexpensive!  I was disappointed.

Post # 8
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8593 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you’re going to buy detergent, I saw this site and thought it was pretty helpful:

http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm

I bought some Country Save I am going to try out.  On Amazon I think it’s around $20 a box but I went a organic type of store and they had it on sale for $12.

I haven’t tried making my own soaps but I know it can be pretty hit or miss, so it will probably take some playing and practice and time to figure out what will work for your machine, water, and clothes. 

I googled and found a good post:

http://theecofriendlyfamily.com/2012/03/i-love-my-diy-cloth-diaper-detergent/

Post # 10
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1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Homemade soap doesn’t contain surfactants that lock onto the dirt particles and keep them from reattatching. It will eventually cause build up. Think about how soap scum builds up in your bath tub…that’s what will happen to your diapers and they will become very dingy and smelly over time.

Post # 11
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3677 posts
Sugar bee

@Evie19:  The Pin Stripes and Polka Dots site has a great subsection on laundry aids – they don’t cover homemade detergent per se, but they do talk about washing soda.

How well it works for you will depend in part on how hard/soft your water is, and on what type of cloth diapers you have. Cotton prefolds will react differently in the laundry from pocket diapers or all-in-ones (which are made primarily of synthetic fabrics).

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We use Charlie’s laundry soap powder for cloth diapers as it is residue-free. Honestly, I can’t imagine that making your own laundry soap is worth the trouble. You can get really high quality soaps on Amazon for cheap!!

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