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There seems to be no ONE detergent that works for everyone. Different water types, machines and diaper stashes means that you will get a variety of recommendations for detergents. You can also go to just about any store and buy their store brand of detergent: Tide, Purex, and Gain, to name a few. ALL will clean your diapers well. Just stay away from detergents with lots of plant oils, fabric softeners or bleach.

Tiny Bubbles
Country Save
Mountain Green Baby
All Free and Clear (military version)

Dropps Scent and Dye Free
Boulder Eco Detergent
Ecos Free and Clear
Tide Free
Sun Free and Clear

There is a ridiculous amount of laundry information out there but here are our top diaper laundering tips. No, these tips are not on our care labels, but these are just good common sense rules of laundry:

  • Keep it simple
  • Use enough detergent
  • Warm or regular hot wash + one extra rinse is enough. If you have stinky diapers, they generally aren't getting clean.
  • "Stripping" should be needed rarely if at all. Tweak your detergent (switch brands or increase amounts) before thinking you need to strip your diapers! To get diapers clean you need to expose them to the proper concentration of detergent for at least 45-50 minutes.

You have to remember that diapers are garments that get peed and pooped in and need to get clean. You shouldn't need to baby them, but also know that they (especially cotton ones) will wear out over time.

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You’ve made the choice to cloth diaper, selected your favorite style and purchased your diapers. Now you’re probably wondering “What’s Next?” We want to help ensure that you have a successful cloth diapering experience, so we wanted to share a few insider tips.

Babies often have sensitive skin. When urine mixes with residue left behind by detergents, it could cause rashes or other issues for your little one.

Laundry detergents that may work well for your family or baby’s regular clothes may not work with cloth diapers. Dreft, Ivory Snow and even store brand ‘baby detergents’ are common recommendations for children’s clothes, but we do not suggest these for cloth diapers. These detergents often have added scents and fabric softeners.

When washing cloth diapers, always use a detergent that is free of perfumes, dyes, whiteners, brighteners, softeners, enzymes, or other fabric enhancers. These ingredients can cause skin sensitivities, premature wear of your cloth diapers, and other issues.

Detergent Tips: 1. Powdered detergents are best dissolved completely before adding to the washing machine. 2. HE compatible generally refers to a low sudsing detergent. A detergent rated HE certified has been certified for use in a High Efficiency washing machine. 3. Detergents are now highly concentrated. It is important to accurately measure your detergent amount and not just “eye-ball” it.