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"You are such a wonderful company.  I was a newbie to cloth 6 months ago and every time I have needed help, you have been there.  Even now... I can call and you patiently help me with whatever I ask.  You take time for the customer and so many companies don't do that any more.  You are definitely a company that I have recommended and will continue to recommend to others for all their baby needs.  Thanks so much Jillian's Drawers."

-Katie

Detergents for Cloth Diapers

Choose a detergent for your wonderful cloth diapers that will keep them smelling fresh, leak-free, and soft!


A note on "Free and Clear"...

We get calls daily about leaking cloth diapers, especially pocket diapers and All-In-Ones, and the Free and Clear detergents listed below are the culprits 99% of the time.  Please note that many parents do use Free and Clear detergents successfully... it depends on the water in your area. However, it is true that when we receive calls and the issue is due to the detergent, Free and Clear detergents were being used. And if you do want or need to use a Free and Clear detergent, then we recommend two brands below (Purex and Mountain Green).

Free and Clear detergents contain microbiostats, which control the growth of microorganisms, such as dust mites.  This is beneficial to those with allergies, but may be the common ingredient that causes the fleece in your pocket diapers
to repel.  Now, many parents use Free and Clear detergents with great success (it really depends on your local water mineral content and washer), but if you begin to have leaks or smells after a few weeks or months, try stripping your diapers and then switching detergents.

To learn how to wash your cloth diapers, click here.

 

Rating Detergent
and Cost/Load






Comments

*****

Tide Original (Powder Only)

(12 cents/load,
24 cents/load for HE)
99%

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This is the one detergent we have never received a complaint about with regards to cloth diapers. For an additive-free detergent, we recommend Allen's Naturally.

*****

Allen's Naturally
(HE compatible)

(18 cents/load,
9 cents/load for HE,
for 1 gallon size.)
98%




Best for Babies with Sensitive Skin.
A completely natural detergent (the only detergent with the ingredients listed on the label) that works great! Biodegradable.

*****

Charlie's Soap
(HE compatible)

(10 cents/load,
5 cents/load for HE,
assuming 2.64 powder size)
98%




Ranked #1: Works for most and least expensive. Try first and then change if it doesn't work for you.
Similar to Allen's Naturally, however ingredients are proprietary. Extensive studies by Clemson University have shown it leaves no residue. Biodegradable. Technically a "detergent" (not a soap, despite its name).
   

*****

 Rockin Green
(HE compatible)

(33 cents/load,
17 cents/load for HE)
80%
            The most well-known cloth diaper detergent.
Formulations for soft, regular, and hard water. Mixed reviews for our customers in upstate New York. Many customers have very hard water and even well water, and have leaks and smell issues with Rockin Green. But when it works, it rocks!

*****

Sensi-Clean /
Sports-Wash

(HE compatible)

(18 cents/load,
9 cents/load for HE,
assuming 1 liter size)
90%




Great for stripping cloth diapers on a monthly basis. Note: while this detergent works great for the majority of babies, some babies will develop a rash.
   

*****

RLR Laundry Treatment

(75 cents/load,
38 cents/load for HE, assuming bulk price of $1.50/packet)
99%
            Best for stripping cloth diapers on a monthly basis. Note: while this detergent works great for the majority of babies, some babies will develop a rash.

*****

Country Save

(13 cents/load,
7 cents/load for HE,
assuming bulk pricing)
98%




Cost effective, additive free, and great results.
 

Rating Detergent
and Cost/Load






Comments

*****

Mountain Green
Baby Free & Clear






This is a detergent that our
customers have started to really
rave about.

*****

 Mountain Green
Free & Clear






This is a detergent that our
customers have started to really
rave about.
   

*****

 Purex Free & Clear

(10 cents/load,
5 cents/load for HE)
               A great Free and Clear detergent, works well with most water types.

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Seventh Generation
25%


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Prone to leaking and smell
issues. Contains a small amount
of Surcide-p, a synthetic
preservative.  Biodegradable.
 

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Arm & Hammer Free 25%



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Prone to leaking and smell issues.
 

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All Free and Clear 25%
       

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  Prone to leaking and smell issues.
 

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Arm & Hammer Fabricare
25%
 

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Prone to leaking and smell issues.