I have made an adaptation from my homemade laundry detergent recipe that is not only safe for the new baby but also for anyone with sensitive skin.
What you will need:
1 c Baking Soda
1 c Washing Soda
1 c Borax
1 c OxyClean (optional)
1 bar Fels Naptha
Pretty much the same ingredients as my regular homemade detergent but without the Purex Crystals and instead of grating the Fels Naptha I put it in the microwave for 90 seconds. Yep!! Who would of thought about doing that??? Makes is soooo much easier and faster than grating. PLUS you get a very fine, powdery soap that mixes well, rather than grated cheese soap that kinda gets stuck in clumps.
So when you put your soap in the microwave for 90 seconds, it will look something like this....
It kinda looks like a lumpy ball of yellow bread (or a camel's foot). Make sure though, that you wait for it to cool down before crumbling it into pieces. The soap can actually stay hot for a while. I suggest waiting 15-20 min before crumbling.
Once is cools, combine all the ingredients into a container with a lid. Use only 1 tablespoon per load (I use the OxyClean scoop), 2 tablespoons for big/dirty loads plus about 1/2 cup of white vinegar (put vinegar in the fabric softener compartment) to get rid of bacteria and smells. If you are using CLOTH diapers, omit the Fels Naptha soap. I have read on other blogs that using any bar soap on cloth diapers destroys the fabrics and the absorbency of them as well.
Please feel free to share your homemade recipes or if you have used mine, I would love to hear your thoughts!!