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#1 of 11 Old 09-19-2008, 11:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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is there anything i can make at home to use for diapers and or clothes in the washing machine? seventh generation is sooooooo $$$$$$$$.
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I use 1/2 cup of vinegar to wash clothes.
Towels and sheets-1 Tlbs of amonia
diapers-few drops of tea tree oil, once around w/dish soap and once around w/ baking soda
Whites-peroxide and baking soda. as softner for just whites I put 2 tlbsof lemon juice with water.

The most expensive thing is the tea tree oil, $6 and lasts about 3 months or longer.

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Homemade DIAPER detergent:

1c washing soda (aka sodium carbonate, if you can't find it in the store, check the pool supply section in the hardware store, it's a ph booster I think, it should say 100% sodium carbonate in the ingredient list)

1c Borax
1c baking soda (omit if you have HARD water)
1/2c oxiclean (doesn't have to be baby type or even name brand, any will do)--double this if you have hard water.

Mix well. For a fl, use 2 TBS mixed into HOT water to dissolve it & pour into detergent dispenser. For a top loader, I would say to use 1/4 cup.

For REGULAR laundry detergent, add in a grated & ground bar of pure soap (Castile, Ivory, Zote, Fels Naptha). I grate in in the food processor and then used the cutting blade to pulverize it a bit. That's all. Soap is not good for diapes, since it builds up.

I've used the diaper recipe for about 2 months now and it's wonderful. It rinses out easily (great for my FL), is cheap, and cleans really really well.

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I've always used:

1 part washing soda
1 part borax
1 part grated soap

vinegar in rinse

for everything... very little for diapers, regular amount for everything else. Sometimes I grate a lavender bar of soap for a perfumy scent. Knock on wood we've never had any build up on diapers.

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Do you have a Trader Joe's nearby? Their "Next to Godliness" is great and very, very cheap.

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I use a few squirts of simple green and a shake or two of washing soda.
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What about soapnuts? They last for 150 washes. Just put them in a sock and toss them in the laundry. You can also make liquid soap out of them.
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there's a good recipe on this site: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com

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I've always used:

1 part washing soda
1 part borax
1 part grated soap

vinegar in rinse

for everything... very little for diapers, regular amount for everything else. Sometimes I grate a lavender bar of soap for a perfumy scent. Knock on wood we've never had any build up on diapers.
Do you have to strip dipes with this? We're having terrible ammonia problems with our FBs and I'm pretty sure that it's a laundry soap problem. I'm willing to try almost anything soap-wise to save having to pay for disposables.

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