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Make Your Own Cloth Diaper Detergent


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Cloth diapering was my entry “crunch”

Before I became a cloth diapering mama sustainable living had hardly crossed my mind.

Yes, I recycled and tried not to be wasteful.

But…. My paper towel consumption was ridiculous. I didn’t think twice about the packaging that products were in. I used all kinds of chemicals to clean. These are just examples.

Overall, I was the ultimate consumer.

Buying whatever pretty silly thing was on the shelf.

My consumerism was why I fell in love with cloth diapering in the first place.

I began cloth diapering because they were cute…not because they were sustainable.

It all started when my son was ten months old and a friend posted a photo of her fluffy butt baby.

She had a hot pink BumGenius 4.0 (affiliate) and looked adorable. I immediately asked her where I could get these and ordered 5 colors of the BumGenius Freetime AIO (affiliate).

It was all over from there.

I was obsessed with the cloth diapering universe I didn’t realize existed and my stash quickly multiplied with print after adorable print. Numerous brands; Mostly pockets, some AIO’s and a few covers. I ended up with 45 diapers by the time my son potty trained.

Do I regret it?…No, no I do not.

I also soon discovered that the area where we lived at the time had an entire cloth diapering community. This was a massive group of women who I had so much in common with. They were like my soulmates, I quickly realized that this was the lifestyle I wanted to live.

These were my people.

The first time around I did not take cost into account.

 With baby number two I’m doing things differently.

I will be using my son’s cloth diapers when his baby sister is big enough for one size diapers.

She’ll look adorable in the occasional train diaper, no big deal :)

For her Newborn stash I spent around $200, and plan to sell them when she's done.

Cloth diapers are known to have a high resale value, especially newborn diapers.

With baby number one I also bought the expensive but highly recommended cloth diaper detergent. I used Rockin Green (affiliate), and it always worked out great for me.

This time I decided to make my own!

I’ve made my own regular laundry detergent in the past, but with cloth diapers there are rules.

I choose a very basic formula for my cloth diaper detergent and it’s been working wonderfully.


1 part washing soda

1 part baking soda

1 part OxyClean Free (or Baby)

I started by making a sample of 1 cup each, this recipe can be made as small or large as you wish.

It’s important to remember that the effectiveness of laundry detergent is dependent on the hardness of your water.

This is especially true for cloth diaper detergent. 

his detergent works great for me, but it may not be the best for your water.

It can be a trial and error process :)

Optional: Dreft Blissfuls (affiliate)

In the last few weeks of my pregnancy I went through an “everything must smell like a baby” phase. I couldn’t handle that my baby stuff (even diapers) didn’t smell "like a baby". So after some research I decided to add these to my cloth diaper detergent. I haven’t found much information regarding their cloth diaper safety. The company website indicated that they are CD safe, and since they are a scent booster not a softener I thought I would give them a chance.

I am thrilled to report that I haven’t had any issues with the Blissfuls.

The diapers aren’t repelling, and I’ve truly seen no difference with and without. I will update if that changes over time. For now I would call them CD safe! :D

I use very little and It's not likely that I will use them in every batch, but it is nice to have some scent!

I adore cloth diapering as a way to save money and reduce my families impact on the environment.

Making your own cloth diaper laundry detergent is a great way to save even more.

Commercial Cloth Diaper Detergent can be quite expensive. I’m thrilled with my decision to make my own this time around!


How did you become interested in cloth diapering?

Was cloth diapering your gateway “crunch”?