detergent??

Kate - posted on 11/10/2008 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I'm going to be getting my new bumgenius order any time in the mail, and I'm wondering what kind of detergent you all use? I am looking for something cost effective, and that I can use with my normal laundering too (that way I don't have to buy 2 different kinds.) Also, something that I can buy in stores, not online. Thanks ladies!

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Abby - posted on 12/16/2008

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Charlies! One little bag does 80 loads. I wash all of my family's clothes with it too because I don't want detergent residue in my washer. The all purpose spray cleaner they make is a good pre-wash stain treatment too. The cheapest I have found Charlie's products is at Whole Foods.

Kate - posted on 12/05/2008

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I also use Allen's and LOVE it. You only use 1/4-1/2 an ounce per load so buying a 1 gallon bucket is really good steal. I bought mine online...



Chris...WHERE DO YOU GET IT LOCALLY? THAT WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE! hahah

Charmaine - posted on 12/05/2008

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I use either All free or BioKleen clean and Clear for both the chinese prefolds, covers and FB AIO diaper laundering...Works well, no appreciable smell or build up

Megan - posted on 12/05/2008

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I use Seventh Generation detergent along with a little bit of Borax and sometimes Baking Soda. For the final rinse, I put in a little bit of vinegar. This works really well for me!

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I use Tide FREE (white bottle) Contains no Dyes or Perfumes for my diapers and never had a problem, use only 1/2 of the detergent recommended, I also like to add an extra rise just to make sure the soap is removed (or I smell them before I put them in the dryer) . When you receive your diapers it should come with a manufacturer's washing instructions. One thing is never use bleach or fabric softeners.

Katie - posted on 11/20/2008

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Method has some fabulous detergent and fabric softener that is mostly if not all natural, I use it for my own clothes as well as my son's. I got some Dreft at my baby shower that I'm using for the diapers right now until it's gone, but Method works really well. I soak the diapers in OxiClean water first, then wash them like I do all my laundry. If the stains don't come out the first time, just soak them again.

Twilight - posted on 11/15/2008

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i use ecover, seventh generation, or when im a little broke purex has a nice unscented detergent (still lots of chemicals, though). i have also used borax in the wash before but just couldn't get the hang of it for some reason and always had residue nastiness (how hard could it be, really?) vinegar also works miracles on diapers (and floors, toilets, dishes, arthritis, whatever). there is also another all-purpose soap that has TONS of writing all over the bottle that i buy for when i travel, camp, etc....and i can't remember the name!!!!

i've never heard of charlies soap. i'll have to check that out...sounds wonderful!

Elaine - posted on 11/13/2008

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I use a 1/4 cup of white vinegar and a 1/4 cup of baking soda and a little bit of natural landry detergent and that does the trick, Vinegar is a great alternative to fabric softener and it's very cost effective.

Chris - posted on 11/13/2008

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We used Charlie's Soap but it isn't recommended by CottonBabies...(makers of BumGenius), so we recently switched to Allen's Natural. I can by it locally at a health food store...

Stacy - posted on 11/13/2008

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I use charlie's soap as well, it works great on getting the yellow breastmilk poop out! and I buy mine from a local baby specialty shop here in town.

T - posted on 11/12/2008

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We use Fuzi Bunz. There is a handful of detergents that will not cause a detergent residue build up. The build up will cause your cloth diaper to smell like ammonia and not hold the moisture as well. Regular Tide is what we use. If we do get a bit of build up (ammonia smell) we just wash the diapers normally and then do a second wash on hot with no detergent.

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i know you're not crazy about ordering it online, but charlie's soap is really great. it's worth it to order it.

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Charlie's Soap is what I use. It's wonderful. I bought mine online so I don't know if you can buy it in the stores....but I bought a five gallon bucket. You only use 1 Tblsp with a load and that bucket has 1280 loads in it so it goes a LONG ways. I did the math when I was pricing out soaps and it was pennies a load but I can't remember the figures now! :)

Kate - posted on 11/10/2008

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is powder or liquid better to use? does it matter? (I have a lot of questions tonight!)

Katie - posted on 11/10/2008

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Charlie's Soap is great, good for High Efficiency washers. Non-residue formula, bio-degradable.... it's awesome! Your diapers will last forever :)

Terri - posted on 11/10/2008

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I know you dont want anything on line, but I have had the best results with Charlies Soap. It leaves no residue, no scent. Free shipping if you order two.

Karyn - posted on 11/10/2008

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I read up on this lately and decided to go with Arm and Hammer Essentials. The mountain rain has fragrance but they do have one fragrance free (they just don't sell it at my Target). I also read that All free and clear is also one of the better mainstream detergents. We use the dryer balls in the dryer.
As you get used to washing them, try not to use too much or too little detergent. If you don't see any soap suds during the second rinse cycle, then you aren't using too much.

Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2008

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Ideally it is something without enzymes or glycerin. I use Ecover, but I'm not sure if it's available in the US.

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