Best soap to wash CDs in?

Carrie - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I am concerned about what kind of soap/detergent I should use to wash my cloth diapers in. My mid wife recommended an oil based soap, but didn't give me a brand name. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Laura - posted on 01/12/2009

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You can use any detergent that is basically free from all additives, perfumes, brighteners etc...Store brands: All Free and Clear, Seventh Generation Sensitive, Purex Free can Clear, Eco-max, Mountain Green- free and clear baby, along with Allens Naturally (online) or Charlies. I have read a lot about Charlies causing rashes.

If you're using pockets or AIO's that are "dry wicking" I would steer clear of oils- they can build up and cause the dipes to leak.

You can use baking soda in the diaper pail to keep stink at bay. there are pail powders, but the scents in the powder can cause rashes in sensitive kids.

HTH

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Carrie - posted on 01/17/2009

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I just bought some Charlie's Soap. I'll try it out and let you know what I think. Thanks for all the input!

Lindsey - posted on 01/17/2009

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Vinegar in the diaper pail works well, it will kill any odours and bacteria. You just have to put the diapers through a rinse cycle before washing them with any soap as the vinegar will deactivate the soap.

Sharon - posted on 01/16/2009

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I LOVE Charlie's Soap!!  It's gotten our diapers cleaner than any other brand that we've tried.  Plus, our clothes come out smelling truly clean without the use of additives or fragrances.   

Michelle - posted on 01/16/2009

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just a side note... one person said she read something about charlies causing rash. not so in my case. sam has gotten diaper rash on occasion but it has been a result of not changing out of a wet or poo diaper soon enough (my fault). charlies is so mild i cannot see it being the source of causing rashes. i think she also mentioned using all free and clear or purex free and clear. i was specifically warned against those two as not really being "free and clear" but more importantly leaving some amount of residue which will ultimately ruin your cloth diapers. hope you find something that works!

Louise - posted on 01/15/2009

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I use Country Save - you can buy it at Vitamin Cottage and it works great. I tried the BioKleen once when they were out of CS and my little guy was a bit sensitive to it. Also I had a disasterous try with Tide Free once - definately don't ever do that. :-)

Kimberly - posted on 01/13/2009

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I use Allen's Naturally or BioKleen's Laundry Liquid. Both are free of icky stuff and so good that I do all of our household laundry in these soaps now. A bit more expensive, but I also find that I use such small amounts that they last a LOOOONG time.

Rebecca - posted on 01/12/2009

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I also use Charlie's. I get mine from www.northernessence.com . I have tried Maggie's Soap Nuts but I didn't like them.

Michelle - posted on 01/12/2009

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I use Charlies soap powder. I bought at the store where I bought my cloth diapers. It is very mild and leaves no residue which is the most important part for laundering cloth diapers. It is now what I use to wash all my laundry.

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