I love and adore my homemade all-natural castile laundry soap. However, as good as it is for regular laundry, it is not good for cloth diapers. The castile soap, which helps to remove dirt from clothes, is bad on cloth diapers because it eventually builds up and causes it to repel.
As a result, I began researching which ingredients would be good for formulating my own homemade all-natural cloth diaper detergent. This recipe is the result of that research.
Here’s a break down of the ingredients and why I selected them:
- Epsom Salt. This ingredient is great especially for people with hard water (such as us) because it helps to soften it, preventing excess mineral build-up on the diapers (which can also cause it to eventually repel). If you’d like, you could substitute this with kosher salt.
- Baking Soda and Washing Soda. Both do well to gently loosen and lift poo off the diapers.
- Baby OxiClean. This helps to sterilize, remove most odors, and keep the colors and white brighter.
You can mix in some essential oils as well for scent. Doing this makes the soap itself smell amazing, but it tends to wash off and the clean diapers do not smell like the essential oil. I’m not sure, however, if utilizing essential oil is necessarily all that good for the diapers in the long run (I typically just leave it out–one less thing to mix in).
And yes, you can in fact use this detergent on your regular laundry as well. I prefer my homemade laundry soap specifically because of the dirt-removing action of the castile soap, but this soap should work as well. If you’d like, you could add some grated bar castile soap to this recipe then you’d get the best of both worlds!
Want to learn more about washing your cloth diapers? Check out my post entitled (get ready for this title, it’s really clever) How to Wash Cloth Diapers. Also be sure to check out my recipe for cloth diaper safe diaper rash cream.
A word of caution: Please read your manufacturer’s washing directions to ensure that all of these ingredients are okay to use on each diaper.
- 1/2 to 1 c. epsom salt (the harder the water, the more salt)
- 1/2 c. washing soda
- 1/2 c. baking soda
- 1/2 c. baby OxiClean
- Mix all ingredients together in a container.
- To use, add 1 tablespoon (more for heavily soiled items) to the wash.
- About Clumping: Depending on the humidity of where you live, sometimes this recipe will clump. This can be alleviated by pulsing the powder in a blender or food processor.