Homemade Detergents and Cloth Diapers: Residue, Repelancy, or Build-up? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 10-10-2011, 05:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
Salihah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Minneapolis!
Posts: 1,180
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've been looking at the Lehman's homemade detergent starter kit. I like Charlie's Soap but the low cost of homemade detergent is appealing. But I'm concerned the Fels-Naptha may be a problem since it's really a soap. http://www.lehmans.com/store/Home_Goods___Laundry___Washing___Homemade_Laundry_Soap_Starter_Set___1125325

Anyone have actual experience with this or similar homemade detergents?

I use Flip inserts and covers or Bumkins AIO during the day for older babies/toddlers and FuzziBunz at night and use Kissaluvs fitteds with Bummis covers for newborns if that helps.

Thank you!

Salihah סליחה صالحه Mama to four boys, another due Dec 4th.
Salihah is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 3 Old 10-10-2011, 06:47 PM
 
ZakareyasMama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 241
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have used homemade detergent on my diapers for 8 months. I use mainly PFs with covers but I do have a few pockets. My recipe is Borax, washing soda, Ivory soap, and water. I haven't had and problems with buildup. I do use very little (about a tablespoon) and I add a cup of vinegar to every wash too. I actually use this for all my laundry... I can't believe how much money I used to waste on laundry detergent!

hijab.gif Learning to... sewmachine.gif andphotosmile2.gif with mybabyf.gifby my side!

ZakareyasMama is offline  
#3 of 3 Old 10-25-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Midwesterner04's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 180
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I have used a similar detergent recipe, using unscented castile soap instead of ivory, while traveling. It got the diapers clean and rinsed out very nicely...

After a few uses I decided to add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the first rinse to prevent buildup and it really weakened the laminate on my PUL covers--some of them are a little porous now. I know a lot of people use vinegar, so this might be unique to my particular covers (They are Thirsties Duos)...? In short, I will use the homemade detergent again, but no more vinegar for my Thirsties covers!

 

HTH!


toddler.giffamilybed1.gifcd.giffemalesling.GIF  waterbirth.jpg. Can't wait to homeschool.gif.
 
 
gd.gifsigncirc1.gifwhale.gif
Midwesterner04 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off