What laundry detergent do you use?

Beth - posted on 04/19/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Do you use Dreft or another baby detergent on your diapers? Somehow it doesn't seem like it would clean them very well! I've been using Arm and Hammer for sensitive skin, but my 10 week old has a rash all across the diaper area. It's not terrible, but I am wondering if the detergent could be the culprit.

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Alicia - posted on 04/24/2011

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We use Rocking Green Cloth Diaper Detergent. They make variations for both hard and soft water - http://rockingreensoap.com/ They also have an FAQ with TONS of information, but the key piece that is relevant here is this: "You should only use detergents that are free of dyes, enzymes, perfumes, essential oils, whiteners and brighteners."
I have ABSOLUTELY seen statements like this on the various websites of the companies that I buy cloth diapers from and on the manufactures' websites.
If you can - use a detergent made for cloth diapers, especially if you buy pocket diapers for $20-$25 each!

Jennifer - posted on 04/22/2011

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check out this chart, it gives you the low down on a ton of different detergents and how compatable with cloth diapers they are.
http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-ch...

we use country save detergent...its completely cloth diaper safe, and its cheap. they don't sell it in stores in my area so i had to order it online but if you go through amazon.com, they offer free shipping if you buy a 4 pack of 10lb boxes.

Liz - posted on 04/20/2011

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Ecos is at Walmart. I am from Kansas. It is like $8 for a BIG jug. It will last about a year.

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Jacquie - posted on 05/03/2011

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I also use all free and clear and just do an extra rinse cycle to prevent buildup. works great. its all ive used on my sons clothes and diapers because i have allergies to many detergents.

Amanda - posted on 05/03/2011

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I use all free and clear and ave never had any problems double rinse and 1/4 of the amount for a small load

Diana Rose - posted on 05/03/2011

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I've used Allens and there's also one called Claudia's Choice. I was told Seveth Generation Detergent is also good ( You can get it at target). I was instructed not to use just any type of detergent when using cloth. You can check out "Bummies" on google or yahoo and they have instructions and info on how to wash cloth diapers. Hope this helps.
I would definetly switch soaps.

Abbie - posted on 05/01/2011

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I used Allens Naturally & O-Nature-L. Both worked wonderfully! NEVER had to strip diapers at all!

Marylea - posted on 04/27/2011

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I use soap nuts. They work wonderfully and are %100 natural. I use them for all my laundry.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/26/2011

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Country Save!!!!

You can buy it online. I get it on post (my husband is Army), but you can also get it at Co-ops or healthy food stores.

Sara - posted on 04/24/2011

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I use County Save Detergent and I love it! I was using Rockin Green Hard Rock but it wasn't getting the diapers as clean so I switched and they come way cleaner. I can find Country Save at a local health food store.

Beth - posted on 04/20/2011

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Hmmm...many of you must be from the UK? I don't recognize a lot of these detergents...

I use a hot water wash with vinegar and baking soda, a second rinse, then I hang them on the line (in Texas, so the sun is HOT!), then toss them in the dryer for a couple minutes to soften them up. Maybe I'll try something like Seventh Generation or another more natural detergent...or can I buy any of the above recommendations online?

Cecelia - posted on 04/20/2011

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sorry, in addition if you have hard water DO NOT use vinegar! there are all kinda of warnings on it.

Cecelia - posted on 04/20/2011

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I use Ecos and love it. you only need about a tbls, 2 if its a large load. no softener. I have hard water and my daughter just got a horrible rash too. its kinda pricey, but california babies diaper rash cream is amazing! I have hard water and read on a diff thread to use rlr laundry treatment. if the diapers arent getting clean enough you can get ammonia burn from them. the rlr is not a detergent, you use it once a month. I'm still waiting on mine to come in the mail to try it, but I've only seen possitive reviews.

Stifler's - posted on 04/20/2011

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I put vinegar in the final rinse of my wash, it neutralises any of that stuff and gets rid of lint.

Liz - posted on 04/19/2011

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You may need to do a double rinse. If you have harder water the detergent can build up in your clothes.

Don't use Dreft. It has fragrance added which can irritate skin easily. It has additives in it that will reduce the life of your dipes. I use ECOS Free and clear from Walmart.
Here is a good chart that breaks down most detergents and tells you how they work for diapers.
http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-ch...

Bethany - posted on 04/19/2011

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I've used terry cloth squares on Charlotte since Feb 09 and pretty much just use a quarter cup of Bicarb Soda in the wash and vinegar in the softener dispenser. That's if they are getting hung in the full sun for at least an hour and she and any of her little friends are showing no signs of viral illness (colds). The sun sanitises, deoderises and whitens.

If it's rainy, an hour in a hot tumble dryer is as good, minus the whitening.

If she has a sniffle or her frinds have, then I use hot water instead of the usual cold, and put 6 or 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil in the wash water.

Paracetamol can cause nappy stains, as well as other meds, and various foods.

If you must use detergent, make sure you put vinegar in the softener dispenser as it strips the soap out of the material in the rince cycle better than just rincing with water.

I'm still on the same lot of nappies I started with and they're still nice and white and still smell nice, esp. after a morning out in the sun. I give them a good flick and shake to soften them up again. Or take them in almost dry and fluff them up in a warm dryer.

For rash, I've used zinc based creams, and pawpaw ointment (Aussie icon) but sometimes the rash has been fungal and the Dr has given me anti fungal cream for that. If fresh air and zink doesn't heal it after a few days, see your Dr to make sure.

Bethany - posted on 04/19/2011

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I've used terry cloth squares on Charlotte since Feb 09 and pretty much just use a quarter cup of Bicarb Soda in the wash and vinegar in the softener dispenser. That's if they are getting hung in the full sun for at least an hour and she and any of her little friends are showing no signs of viral illness (colds). The sun sanitises, deoderises and whitens.

If it's rainy, an hour in a hot tumble dryer is as good, minus the whitening.

If she has a sniffle or her frinds have, then I use hot water instead of the usual cold, and put 6 or 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil in the wash water.

Paracetamol can cause nappy stains, as well as other meds, and various foods.

If you must use detergent, make sure you put vinegar in the softener dispenser as it strips the soap out of the material in the rince cycle better than just rincing with water.

I'm still on the same lot of nappies I started with and they're still nice and white and still smell nice, esp. after a morning out in the sun. I give them a good flick and shake to soften them up again. Or take them in almost dry and fluff them up in a warm dryer.

For rash, I've used zinc based creams, and pawpaw ointment (Aussie icon) but sometimes the rash has been fungal and the Dr has given me anti fungal cream for that. If fresh air and zink doesn't heal it after a few days, see your Dr to make sure.

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