Monday, September 6, 2010

Cloth Diapering 101: What Kind of Laundry Detergent Do I Use?

One of the most difficult parts of cloth diapering is washing them. Who wants to touch poopy, wet diapers? Gross! Well, thanks to new types of diaper pail liners you never have to touch the actual diapers! Just take the pail liner out of the pail, dump the diapers in the wash, and toss the bag in with them. Voila! Everything will come out clean and fresh on the other end. Well, hopefully. You also have to use the right type of laundry detergent to ensure that those little suckers are sanitized. If you don't you can reduce the absorbency of your diapers or not get them clean enough. So what type of laundry detergent do you use and how much? I trolled the Internet looking at different website about cloth diapering and here's the best and worst types that I found. I also tried to stick mainly with detergents you can find in your local grocery store to make it even easier. The most important thing to remember when washing cloth diapers is that you want to use a detergent that is free of dyes, fragrances, and enzymes. These interfere with the absorbency of your cloth diaper (not good!) and will not effectively clean.

BEST Detergents
Arm and Hammer Essentials Free
(note: The Mountain Rain scent is NOT recommended because it contains dyes and fragrances)

ECOS Free and Clear Liquid

20 Mule Team Borax

All Free and Clear

All Small and Mighty

Arm and Hammer Sensitive Skin

Rockin' Green
(watch for a BIG giveaway coming soon!)

WORST Detergents

Arm and Hammer FabriCare

Cheer (regular)

Gain (regular) and Gain HE Powder

Tide and Tide HE

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