detergent question . .natural?

Nicole - posted on 06/06/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )




I am curious about what detergents you all use. I have heard that you should not use a "natural" detergent on cloth diapers, but could not find out why. They don't clean as well maybe? I currently use either Bi-o-kleen or Seventh Generation. Just wondering if I could be using something that works better, that I can also use for all of my laundry. I don't really want to have two different laundry soaps! Also, I think maybe there is a soap out there that would work better for diapers. . .I can't seem to get them as clean-smelling as I would like, even after stripping them.


M - posted on 06/06/2010




It's not recommended that you use 'natural' detergents because even they have ingredients in them that linger on your diapers and cause odor buildup. For that reason, even though Bi-o-kleen and Seventh Generation tout their 'natural' cleaning abilities, they aren't good for cloth diapers. Additionally, detergents that are "free and clear" also aren't good. And you also want to avoid anything with soap - that too will leave a residue on your dipes.

There are however several brands of detergents you can buy for your cloth diapers and the good thing about that is they can also be used on your other clothes as well and they work just as great.


Here's a list of recommended detergents. My personal fave is Country Save. I've used other detergents, but with this one, I only need to strip my diapers once every 4 months or so!

Here's also a link to some detergent samples. You may consider buying a few samples first to see what works for you before you buy a whole box (e.g. a lot of people swear by Rockin' Green but I just can't seem to get it to work for me).


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Lauren - posted on 06/17/2010




I use Trader Joe's detergent it is nice and simple and really gets things smelling fresh even though there is really nothing in it!

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010




I love Country Save! I use it on all of my laundry, and it is cheap on Amazon. Does a great job, doesn't make my clothes/diapers smell perfumey (I don't like that), and doesn't break the bank. I've been using it on cloth diapers for a year now...have never had to strip a diaper yet - it just doesn't leave a film!

Kendall - posted on 06/16/2010




I use Tiny Bubbles and will give Rockin Green a try. Does anyone have any suggestions/tips for washing cloth diapers in very hard water? I sometimes have some problems with mineral buildup causing odors and not removing stains.


Abbie - posted on 06/10/2010




I know you can google a list of safe-to-use detergents.
I always used either Allens Natural (which is SUPER concentrated.--For my front-loader, I only needed 2 TEASPOONS per load!!! About 1/2 gallon lasted me from birth to potty-learning!) or O-Nature-L ( which is a hand-made, totally eco-friendly detergent by a family up in Maine. We now use that detergent for ALL of our laundry & we LOOOOOOOOOOVE it! (I believe that the owner will send a sample upon request).

Nicole - posted on 06/08/2010




Oh great suggestions ladies. I am ordering some samples today so I can see which one works for me.

Taylor - posted on 06/07/2010




I love the Country Save. I got it for the diapers and now use it on everything. I spent about 50 on 4 huge things from amazon, and its lasted 15 months and I still have 1/2 a container left. If I want my clothes to smell, I toss in some fabric softener, but I don't do that on the diapers.

Mellanie - posted on 06/07/2010




I have nothing but good words for Charlies. I use it for all the clothes in our house and the diapers. I have a 6 year old that loves to play outdoors, I also have a husband that works construction.. .. .. Both are hard on their clothes. With that said it'll get stuff clean! It doesn't have a 'scent' but your clothes are soft and fresh 'smelling' without the use of softeners or dryer sheets.

Also, what diaper are you using? I discovered that with my daughter if it had like a polyester liner, the scent of her bm would not come out even after stripping. I finally couldn't take it anymore so I switched to a bamboo diaper, not a single problem since.

Ashley - posted on 06/06/2010




I use soap nuts and they work really well with getting the smell out of our cloth diapers. We use them on our clothes too. The only time i have a problem with the soap nuts is when a soiled diaper doesnt get cleaned out well enough before sitting in the laundry pail all day. Then the soap nuts don't work very well with stains, but for odors and such they work great.

Jenny - posted on 06/06/2010




I LOVE Rockin Green. I use it for diapers and regular laundry. I've also used soap nuts, which work really well too. With the Rockin Green I haven't yet had a stain that didn't come out (sometimes there was a faint, faint stain left that easily came out with sunning). I don't have any odor issues. It comes in all kinds of "flavours", but your laundry doesn't actually come out smelling perfumey, just clean smelling. Love it!

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