We stopped using commercial laundry detergent for most of our laundry a while ago. We’ve been using just liquid castile soap for everything except cloth diapers. While we haven’t had problems with this method, we haven’t been amazed by its results. So I decided to make up some laundry powder and see how that works for us. There are a lot of recipes out there that use borax, but I’m not convinced on the safety of borax, so this recipe doesn’t use it.
1 bar Dr. Bronners tea tree oil soap
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4 cup pickling salt
Grate the bar of soap and mix that with all other ingredients. To use, put 1-2 Tbsp in washing machine. You can supplement with white vinegar. Store in glass jar or bucket depending on how much you make. This recipe is safe for HE and front loading washing machines.
I think it cleaned our cloth diapers even better than castile soap or Dapple laundry detergent. It does take a bit more work to make this powder, but cleaner diapers might just be worth it. It does clump pretty bad though. This is due to moisture and you can make a desiccant, or moisture absorber, with a cloth bag of white clay. Unfortunately, I don’t have any white clay. I’ll get on that.