Ready to make the easiest powder detergent ever? It doesn't get easier than this! It's also much more affordable that buying detergent. Win-win!
Combine equal parts of oxy powder, baking soda, and washing soda. You can save even more money if you use an oxy powder cheaper than Tide Oxi. I had a coupon that saved me a lot of money, so that's why I bought Tide. I also like the smell, but you won't really smell it once you wash. You can buy all these products at the grocery store in the cleaning/laundry aisle.
I usually add a cup of each powder into a cleaned out coffee container. Then I put the lid on and shake, shake, shake!
I use this detergent mainly for Harlow's clothes and cloth diapers. The liquid detergent I make has Borax in it, and I've read that Borax can irritate a baby's skin. Harlow has very sensitive skin, so I started making this for her. Other detergents have bothered her, but this never has.
For a normal load, I use one tablespoon of powder. A little less for a lighter load, and up to two tablespoons for a heavy load like cloth diapers.
You could use this for all laundry, but I save it for Harlow's laundry and occasionally for mine, because it does cost just a pinch more than the liquid detergent I make.
If you make your own detergent, I'd love to hear how you do it!
*I started making this when I was still pregnant with Harlow to wash her newborn clothes. I looked up several sites' suggestions on baby detergent, and decided to use this combination. If there is another blog with this exact recipe, my blog post wasn't mean to plagiarize. I always love to give credit where credit it due. I will try to track down all the sources where I found suggestions and post them here.