A friend of mine who is planning on CDing her second baby asked me about washing detergents & routines. Well, no pun intended, but this is a “loaded” question! There’s so many informational resources, the Internet can be overwhelming with information and some people dont have time to research. I’ve decided to share a few resources with you that have been helpful to me in my cloth journey.
Just as a preface, I started using cloth with very hard, mineralized water before our recent move and my washing machine was and still is a regular (non HE) top loader (as opposed to front loading).
Here’s a few acronyms commonly used in this post and in the cloth diaper community as well:
- CD = cloth diaper
- TL = top loader
- FL = front loader
- HE = high efficiency
First topic: detergents
Generally, you will find it is recommended to use a detergent that is free of enzymes, soaps and scents. All of these things can “build-up” on the fibers over time leading the fibers to repel liquid instead of absorbing. End result: leaky diapers.
Here are a few great links to common detergents on the market in comparison to others and their relativity to cd’s. I also encourage you to click around on these pages to further your CD knowledge! This is also good info for regular laundry too and not just limited to CDing.
One of the reasons I decided to start cloth diapering was to save money.
Here is a great link to an article about how CDing makes cents combared to using fisposable diapers.
My view is that my husband works very hard for me to be able to stay home with our daughter (I work a part-time retail job) so I feel like it’s my responsibility to do my part in saving as much money as possible. CD detergents can be very pricey and expensive so in order stretch our dollar a bit further, I decided to make my own detergent.
Here is the link to the recipe that I’ve used. I have one canister for CD laundry and another for regular laundry. The difference? The regular laundry one has a bar or two of grated soap. Remember how soap can build-up on fibers leading to repellency? So I can’t use the one with bar soap with my Cd laundry.
To combat our hard water, I also added two tablespoons of baking soda to every wash. I’ve also heard of using vinegar too but I’ve never tried it.
Here is a list of brands that I have tried out on my CD’s and I have found my homemade version to be comparable every time. I’ve only ever used powders.
-Rock N Green (RNG)
Tide is generally not recommended due to it containing dioxins that have been proven to lead to cancer. You can read about it here:
She also has a great post explaining the different types of cloth diapers which can be viewed by clicking here.