Someone know a laundry detergent that i can use for baby and us???

Celeste - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 98 moms have responded )

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DREFT IS TOO EXPENSIVE SO I NEED TO KNOW WHAT LAUNDRY DETERGENT I CAN USE THAT MY HUBBY, I AND MY NEWBORN CAN USE; A SAFE DETERGENT THAT BABIES CAN USE!! I DO NOT WANT TO BUT TWO SEPERATE DETERGENTS, IM 19 & PREGNANT WITH MY FIRST SO IM TRYING SAVE $$$$$$$$$!!! THX..

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Cacie - posted on 11/16/2009

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I use ALL FREE AND CLEAR My husband and son both have sensitive skin and i have used it for years now my son is 2months old and i use it on his i don't use the dreft b/c of the perfume smell it breaks my son out

Nicole - posted on 12/03/2009

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if you don't want to spend the money on dreft, try washing an outfit with your clothes first and she if he/she breaks out. but that doesn't mean that he/she wont break out in the future.



i personally use dreft, its kinda pricey, but....i got this smaller jug when she was born almost 7 weeks ago and its still full. i was my babys clothes seperate from mine, and there is alot of baby clothes you can fit in a load because they are so small so its totally worth it. plus dreft is such a good stain remover. sorry for the TMI but i had blood stains from giving birth on a pair of undies, the normal wash didn't take em out, and they somehow got mixed in with her clothes and dreft did. so i tend to wash my undies with her clothes now. haha

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I use ALL Free and Clear, that way I can wash all the clothes together. Plus it's way cheaper, about $13 for 96 loads.

Crystal - posted on 11/10/2009

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You don't have to use a special detergent like Dreft. (Dreft isn't even hypoallergenic) You can use anything that says "Free" or "Clear." This just means that it is free of dyes and perfumes. Once your baby gets a little bit older you can try to toss one of his/her onesies into a regular wash with the detergent that you would like to use to see if your baby has a bad reaction to it.

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NEW MOMMIE J - posted on 01/11/2013

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I have a 3 1/2 month old & I been using Tide free.So far so good & I use it both of us.

Tyesha - posted on 01/10/2013

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I use all for,babies it works the same and smells the same as dreft my 3 yr old I couldn't use dreft with him broke his skin out but I used it fur my newborn its only 9.97 at Walmart

Maria Elena - posted on 06/27/2010

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We've used Sun & Xtra for the whole family with our newborn & had no problems. my fave is Gain Tropical Delight...but had to put that one on hold for a while! lol. good luck!

Nicole - posted on 06/23/2010

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i use ALL high efficiency for front loaders. you can get it in other forms as well. but it works great and we get it from Sam's club/Bj's they are like costco's where ever you may be there is bound to be a buy in bulk place/warehouse. we buy our laundry soap in bulk because it is cheaper that way and does not go bad. Downy now makes a free and clear brand too. Otherwise bounce free works good. i have been doing this since my daughters birth. i have never bought dreft. and my daughter has sensitive skin too and ALL has never bothered her.

Maria Elena - posted on 12/03/2009

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Sun or Extra are cheap & mild. I have a 3 month old & have been using it since he's been born & he's just fine.

Megan - posted on 11/18/2009

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ALL has a baby detergent that is cheaper than dreft and i think Target has its own up and up brand of baby detergent. And if ur lookin for other ways to cut costs Targets up and up baby wipes are also like half the price of other ones and i like them alot better too!

Christi - posted on 11/17/2009

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We have been using All Free & Clear since our son was born & it has worked great for us.

Dixie - posted on 11/17/2009

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Quoting Leilani:

I use ALL Free and Clear, that way I can wash all the clothes together. Plus it's way cheaper, about $13 for 96 loads.



All free and clear works for our family also... I would totally recommend it.

Jennifer - posted on 11/17/2009

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My husband is allergic to the dyes and perfumes in laundry detergent so I have always used ALL free and clear.

Sharon - posted on 11/17/2009

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yeah i dont use Dreft either b/c of the expense...i usually use a store-brand generic and i try to get one that comes in a clear/fragrance free variety so that i can use it for all of our clothes including our 10 month old's.plus my washer comes w/ an "extra rinse" cycle so i use that too when washing.

Amanda - posted on 11/16/2009

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we use the ALL free and clear or the Arm & Hammer plus oxyclean. it actually has some scent to it but it does okay for us

Tara-Marie - posted on 11/16/2009

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(in the uk) i use fairy non bio an thats fine but i just use bold sumtimes for her clothes if i forget an that has been fine for her so far

Courtney - posted on 11/16/2009

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Well, it costs a lil bit but formula stains are a real pain in the you know where and nothing ever gets it out EXCEPT FOR... OXY LAUNDRY. You can buy it in the bottle to treat stains before you wash OR you can buy it in the powder form and you just dump a cup in. My baby daughter is 11mos old now and we've been using OXY with her clothes and ours since she was born and she's never had so much as the slightest reaction. And trust me, I've got red heads, girl. Some of my four kids suffer with Eczema and are easily irritated by things, but NONE of the girls have ever shown ANY reaction to oxy. Neither have myself or my husband. I'm here to sing the praises of OXY. lol.

Iysha - posted on 11/16/2009

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Most pediatricians advise Dreft for the first couple of months, not forever...so I think if you cut costs on other things, like buy an in expensive cereal or cheap mak-up for the first 2 months, you should be ok =] I have only bought 2 containers of Dreft and my baby is 4 1/2 months old, then again, she got a lot of clothes at her baby shower. Dreft can go a long way if you make sure you have a big load to put in. I use regular detergent now.



A lot of people use Dreft for their first child because they are concerned with doing everyting "right" but by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, they are using the same detergent for everyone including the newborn... don't beat yourself up about not usig Dreft, it isn't a real big deal unless your baby has a reaction to regular detergent.

Katlynn - posted on 11/16/2009

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im in the same situation i use sunlight sensitveformula its fragrence and dye free and comes condenced so you get more loads out of a smaller bottle for around $7.00 a bottle and it works great

Eliza - posted on 11/16/2009

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purex its safe for the baby and cheap and it smeels good u can get it anywere really but i get mines @ walmart

Lisa - posted on 11/16/2009

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One of the labor and delivery nurses where I delivered by baby 2 weeks ago said that you can wash the babies clothes with the same detergent that you wash your clothes in. The only thing is that the babies clothes in this case should go through a rinse cycle twice to make sure all the soap is out. I hope this helps you!

Elizabeth - posted on 11/16/2009

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All makes a baby detergent that is pretty affordable....alot cheaper than Dreft and you can usually buy it at walmart....you get alot more of it than you do with the dreft too...hope this helps...

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I've been using All Free and Clear, but I figure any of the unscented, undyed detergents (they're usually in a white container) should be fine. I was using All Baby for my son and the Free and Clear for me and my husband and I looked at the ingredients and the only difference between the two was that the Baby version had a fragrance. Good Luck!

Christa - posted on 11/15/2009

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Our entire family uses MelaPower from Melaleuca. It is 6x concentrated so you only need 1/4 fl oz. It is bleach free, non-alkaline, biodegradable and as gentle on your clothes as tap water. It has Rinse Guard so dirt cannot settle back into the fabric. 64 loads = 12.99!! Great value for a detergent the whole family can use. Best part you can become a Preferred Customer right now for only $1 which means you will receive another $100 in Free Products from Melaleuca. Private Message me if you want to learn how to get MelaPower....Christa

Cherie - posted on 11/15/2009

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I use ALL free and clear and it works GREAT...my baby has sensitive skin and it's priced good.

Erin - posted on 11/15/2009

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I use All free and clear for all the laundry but held off on softner on baby's clothes until he was year. My ped told me that any detergent as long as it was free of dyes and fragrance would be fine on baby's sensitive skin.

Crystal - posted on 11/14/2009

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You don't need anything special for baby. Like some other posters said wash just one item in your reg detergent, put it on baby, if no reaction, then your good to go. We have used pretty much anything that is on sale at the moment, but for about the last year we have been using Purex. Cheap and effective!

User - posted on 11/14/2009

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You can save the most $$$ by going Organic. There are lots of organic care and cleaning products that are super safe for Baby and Parents. Visit babygoesgreen.org, they have EVERYTHING.

Kiley - posted on 11/14/2009

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if u go to target u can get their brand of baby detergent .. up and up baby detergent! i use it and it works just as well as dreft!!!

Stephanie - posted on 11/14/2009

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I have super sensative skin as well as my hubby. We are both allergic to tide, all, arm & hammer and purex. For a while Dreft was all I could use so we were really worried about our baby...I buy my detergent online...it is eco friendly, super gentle and dye free.

For 192 loads it is only &29.99, that is like 6 bottle of Tide $61.74

I bought some back in August and havent run out yet!! Also no allergic reactions from any one in the family!!

Tracie - posted on 11/14/2009

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I use Purex free and clear. My husband and baby have sensitive skin so I have been using that for years. Basically anything that says perfume and dye free will be as gentle as Dreft. I get mine soap from Wal-mart. It's only $3 for a big bottle. Hope this helps

Sierra - posted on 11/13/2009

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well all name brad detergent is expensive but if you want something u both can use try tide they have one that is scent and dye free trust me it works.

Carla - posted on 11/13/2009

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I also used All free and clear when my son was newborn, I didnt want to have two different detergents, but I did wash all his clothes seperate from ours. Now that he is older I use whatever, it doesnt bother him but its important to use a free and clear detergent when they are small, you never know if they will have an allergic reaction to something. I also did this with our daughter and once she turned about a year old I started using whatever I bought for her clothes as well. Arm and Hammer has great detergents as well and neither one is expensive. The ALL is about $4 at Wal-Mart and the Arm and Hammer around the same price.

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My babies always had allergic reactions to detergent....so i finally switched to Tide Free....it has been great for my family...and especially for my eight month old since birth. And funny enough...one day I decided to use a little fabric softner....and he broke out with a rash....but Tide Free works well for us. Hope it helps.

Sarah - posted on 11/13/2009

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My daughter has Eczema so I have to was all of our clothes together. I use the 2X Ultra Tide "FREE" - it says that it is dermatologist tested. It is dye and sent free so it is perfect for little ones as well as ensuring that all of your clothes are going to be clean! Downy also makes a dye and sent free laundry softener too. I use both and nobody in my family can tell the difference! The great thing too is that a bottle of Tide for 64 loads runs about $10!!!

Tina - posted on 11/13/2009

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Purex has a baby detergent ans it's about 5 bucks. i loved purex before now i love it more!

Christi - posted on 11/13/2009

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i personally tried everything out there to try and save money but we just ended up having to buy dreft and another detergent because everything else would make my son break out in hives.

Sebrina - posted on 11/13/2009

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I know what you mean about trying top save money but I've been using the same detergent I was using before my son was born.. And he is fine with it, hes 8 months now, I use gain..

Ashley - posted on 11/13/2009

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I use All Free and Clear. It is a lot cheaper than Dreft and doesn't have a scent. Dreft does have a scent, my son can't use it because of his eczema. I have also used Costco's brand of Free and Clear (Kirkland brand) and it worked just as well.

Good luck, and congrats! :)

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I use Fairy (have done for years) specially formulated for delicate skins, non-bio, & smells great. If you use softner, I understand it is usually this that babies can have a reation to, so ease up on the fabric softner too :)

Michelle - posted on 11/13/2009

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I've always just used the same detergent I always used for us and the kids. We've never had an issue. If you're really worried you can get a regular detergent that's dye/ scent free. They sometimes cost more but less then dreft. I've never used that stuff with my kids. But none of us have sensitive skin either.

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I've always just used the detergent I normally use. For baby clothes and nappies, you only use 1/4 the normal amount. I also wash all baby stuff in hot water and line dry. What the detergent doesn't get, the hot water and sun does.

If you do use your regular detergent, just be aware that baby may have a reaction to it and watch out for any reaction.

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