There are literally hundreds of online tutorials about making your own laundry soap. The one thing they all seem to have in common is that they are EXACTLY THE SAME. I have been wanting to try making my own batch for a while; but, the recipes are all soap-based and not very cloth-diaper friendly.
A few weeks ago, I found this posting for a cloth-diaper safe laundry detergent and I decided to give it a try. The recipe given made quite a large batch so I cut everything down by a third. We all have pretty sensitive skin and I didn't want a giant vat of the stuff if we wouldn't be able to use it.
The recipe is really simple: washing soda, borax and Oxi-Clean. I used Oxi-Clean Free since we will use it for cloth diapers; but, I'm sure you could use regular if you're not washing diapers. All the ingredients are dry, so there's no melting, cooking or soaking required. I just poured everything in and mixed it up with a handy dandy plunger stick that Aidan "collected" from my parents house. I spent less than $10 bucks on all of my "ingredients". My only splurge was this super cute sparkly bucket from my beloved ACO.
(When I brought this bucket home, EVERYONE in this house wanted it. But it's mine. All mine.)
Even cutting the recipe down considerably, I still ended up with a lot of detergent. We've actually been using this detergent for about two weeks now and I still have a ton in my bucket. You only need a small amount per load. I use 2 Tablespoons for a regular full load and 1 Tablespoon for diapers or partial loads. The detergent works really well and I am so happy with it that I doubt I'll ever buy bottled detergent again!