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Old 07-14-2008, 10:29 AM   #22
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

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Originally Posted by ChocolateMoose View Post
I found the first recipe online and tweaked it to make it more gentle, and then created the second recipe especially for cloth diapers!

I have been using both recipes for 2 months now with great success, so I thought I'd share them here!

Use amounts will vary depending on your water....I have a top loader and hard water.....you might require more or less to effectively clean!

Super Gentle Homemade Laundry Soap

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 bar Kirks Castile Soap

Slice soap into strips and run through food processor to make "soap beads".

Combine soap beads, borax, and washing soda. Done!

use 1 tablespoon for small loads, 2 tablespoons for large loads. Twice as much for soiled clothes, half as much for HE washers.

Homemade Diaper Detergent

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 cup Oxyclean

Combine all ingredients. Done!

use 2 tablespoons for a small load, 1/4 cup for a large load.
Hmm I was a little skeptical until I saw that you wrote it was good for sensitive skin. My dd's diapers have to be washed in Arm and Hammer for sensitive skin, its the only thing I've found that works. I'm really intrested in trying this. I already have some borax, I'd need more but the good thing is the box is CHEAP and I'd have to get oxyclean....I'm still unsure of where I would find Washing Soda and Castile soap....I'm going to call Hannaford and Walmart and see if they carry it..they are the only "big" stores around me...if anyone knows a place let me know..I'm in Maine btw.

Also, how do you store yours? I was thinking of just putting it in some glad tupperware containers and keeping a measuring cup in there...do you use an actual measuring cup? or something else? lol sorry for all the questions this is my first day getting ready to make my own things! I'm excited!
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