Again, these are just our observations and opinions. Based on several years of cloth diapering, staying in touch with hundreds of cloth diapering momís over the years, and online research.
In the end you must do your own further research and trial and error to see what works best for you. This is just to help you get started in your decision. :o)
This list is liable to change at any time as new information becomes available.
If you know of any valuable information regarding these or any other detergent we havenít listed, feel free to contact us.
Recommend: Tide- This one is probably one of the harder to understand. It contains enzymes, brighteners and scents yet so many moms, including myself love it. And Iíve not heard of any problems with it (although thatís not to say there arenít any) to date. Many are reluctant to try it due to what it has in it. Personally I have tried many in my years of cloth diapering and found Tide to be the absolute best at stain control, odor problems and just making my diapers clean and soft.
Sun (Free) Era Arm and Hammer- Sensitive Skin version only Oxy-Prime powder
(Try to choose the Free & Clear versions of any of these if possible.)
Recommended Environmentally Friendly Detergents: Rockin Green Detergent- Found here and a detergent that is made for cloth diapers. Comes in unscented or a variety of other scents. Crunchy Clean> - Found here and also made for cloth diapers. Comes in unscented or a variety of other scents. Ecover Powder- Many enjoy this product but there is some information that it can cause some repelling issues. (Iíve personally never had a problem) Allen`s Naturally Country Save Planet Seventh Generation (Liquid form) EcoĖMax Mountain Green (Free and Clear)
Detergents To Avoid:
Natural soaps often contain various oils. These should NOT be used because they will leave a residue on fleece, causing it to repel liquids.
Charlieís Soap- We do not recommend Charlies unless you do some good research on it beforehand. There have been some issues with babies having serious reactions to it. One thing is pretty well understood... it doesn't work well if you have hard water and can cause stink issues.
Many do use it successfully though with no problems at all and love it. So do a little more research specifically on Charlies Soap and see if it sounds like it will work for you. Ivory Snow Dreft Fab Purex Surf Sport-Wash and Sensi-Clean ĖMany recommend these items and Iíve tried them myself, however they DO have the potential for detergent burns/rashes in babies. As some have experienced it with their children. Bio-Kleen Premium Cheer Gain Samís Windfresh Kirklands Signature (Costcoís Brand) Ecos- (Found often at Costco) Can cause a build up, even though itís fairly pure and natural, it can act similar to soap.
Any fabric softeners as they will coat and impare your diapers absorbancy.
Bleach unless absolutely necessary for odor issues. (Get more info in my washing instructions.)
Regular Oxi-Clean, instead use the baby version or another oxygen booster without additives. The only time I would suggest using regular Oxi-Clean is if your diapers need a good stripping. Then and only then would I suggest using it. Itís not going to hurt your diapers on the few occasions you strip them. Just donít do it regularly as Oxi-Clean acts similar to bleach and will break down your diapers faster.
Citrus Oil, ok for regular diapers but bad for pockets/covers, so best to just avoid thus one slips in with your regular diapers in the wash.
Any detergents with ďwhitening enzymesĒ due to diaper rash.