DIY Cloth Diaper Detergent

Once again, please forgive me for the lack of posts since the new year.  It's absurd how busy life can get even being a stay at home mom.  It seems as though my "free time" consists of my last pump session for the evening in which time I am trying to stay awake.  If I could get A to sleep longer in the mornings, like S does,  I could be posting much more frequently but I don't see that in our near future!

Anyhow, on to the post....

I was never one to be into the whole "crunchy" thing, until I got pregnant.  I figured I would be that mom that cloth diapers, makes homemade baby food, etc. Well, guess what? I am that mom.  Am I crunchy? Absolutely not.  Am I silky? Absolutely not.  I am the poster child for the scrunchy mama... a little bit of crunch and a little bit of silk.

That said, when I chose to do cloth diapers I didn't realize the tender care that had to be given to them.  One being special detergent, which I didn't want to have to spend a fortune on.  Luckily, a good friend of mine passed down a wonderful detergent recipe that I'm happy to share!  I have been using the detergent for the past 11.5 months and love it.  I usually only use it on diapers but have used it on clothes as well and it works wonders! We don't have to deal with stains, build-up or any other issues that sometimes come along with cloth diapering.

Here goes...

Ingredients needed:

  • Borax
  • Washing Soda
  • Oxi Clean Baby




1 cup Borax

1 cup Washing Soda

1/2 cup Oxi Clean Baby

Mix all ingredients together, store in a sealed container and wala!, you're done!


I suggest using 1-2 Tbsp. depending on the size and soil of your load. 

Always double rinse

**I choose to use the sanitary cycle on my washer, which is extra hot water and a 2 hour cycle.  This may not be the best option depending on the type of diaper you're using.  I recommend following the manufacturers washing guidelines that are specific to the diaper you're using. 


Posted on March 1, 2014 and filed under Scruncy Mama Tips.