DETERGENT CHOICES AT A GLANCE
You have made the choice. You have collected your diapers and now you are
beginning your cloth diapering journey. You deserve to have success while
cloth diapering your baby. Choosing a detergent suitable for cloth diapers can
often avoid unnecessary problems including diaper odor and leakage.
What to look for in a Detergent?
At best, a detergent to be used on your baby's diapers would NOT contain
enzymes, dyes, perfumes, optical brighteners or any other component designed to
be left on your diapers after washing.
Specialty detergents with fabric softeners or wrinkle guards will not be
suitable; however, a detergent with non-chlorine bleach or oxygen bleaching capabilities may
be fine. And just to be clear, soaps are not detergents, and soaps are generally not
recommended for cloth diapering.
Top Detergent Picks
The evaluation included in the above
chart is made with the current (June 2010)
knowledge available in regards to detergents and cloth diapering. Detergent makers are free
to change their formulations without notifying the public. Realize that washing conditions,
diaper collections, and personal sensitivities vary. Use this chart as an
aid to find the
detergent that will work best with your own conditions.
Top Locally Available Detergent Picks
If you find a detergent in the Top Detergent Picks
available locally (Central, IL) please email
me and let me know where.
Drugstore.com also has free shipping on
orders over $25 and carry the following: Vaska Scent Free, Planet
Powder, Seventh Generation Delicate Care and Nellie's
are best dissolved completely before adding to washing
generally refers to a low sudsing detergent. A detergent rated HE
has been certified for use in a High Efficiency washing machine.
Detergents are now
highly concentrated. It is important to accurately measure your detergent
amount and not just "eye-ball" it.
Chart for Traditional Washing Machines: http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm
Chart for HE Washing Machines: http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/hedetergentchoices.htm
written by Krista Cardona
and PolkaDots: http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com