Quick And Easy DIY Cleaners For Triathletes

  • By Susan Lacke
  • Published Feb 8, 2013
  • Updated Jan 15, 2015 at 9:24 AM UTC

Suds Your Shirts
If laundry detergents aggravate your skin or senses, consider making your own. Reader Matt shares the formula for the DIY laundry soap he uses for all things stinky, including his running gear and his 7-month-old baby’s diapers:

1 cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (I use the ultra-mild baby version)
1 cup Washing Soda (made by Arm & Hammer – think baking soda on steroids)
1 cup Borax (a laundry booster)
2 cups warm water
1/3 cup salt
White vinegar

Add all dry ingredients to a 1 gallon pitcher and then add water. Mix together slowly with whisk until all that can dissolve does dissolve. Slowly fill pitcher with water. Add Bronners. Stir mixture slowly until all that can dissolve does dissolve. Let sit overnight. Before you use it the first couple of times, take whisk and mix mixture together (it will be congealed). If necessary, add more water to lessen the supersaturation. Use 1/4 cup per load, and add white vinegar as desired to fabric softener cycle to get better rinse. (The vinegar reacts with any remaining soap and neutralizes it.)

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