It is important to use detergents that are approved for cloth diapering. Unapproved detergents contain fragrances, dyes, enzymes and brighteners that unnecessary for your diapers. These detergents can cause repelling, leaks, and rashes. Below is a list of detergents that work well with cloth diapers.
- FuzziBunz Ultimate Wash. Use 2 to 4 pumps of this highly concentrated formula. One bottle washes up to 90 HE loads and 45 top loader loads.
- FuzziBunz® Detergent formulated by Rockin' Green. This detergent suggests using 2 to 3 tablespoons per load. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons for HE machines. Unscented. One bag contains 45 loads for a top loader and 90 loads for HE/front loading machines.
- Lulu's in the Fluff Glamour Wash.For this detergent, you will use 1 to 2 tablespoons per load. Use 1/2 to 1 tablespoon for HE machines. Comes in regular and hard water versions. Unscented. Each bag gets 45 loads for top loaders and 90 loads for HE/front loaders.
- Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper Detergent. Use 2 to 3 tablespoons for this detergent. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons for HE machines. Comes in Soft, Classic and Hard Rock versions in several scents. Each bag gets 45 loads for top loaders and 90 loads for HE/front loaders.
- Vaska Herbatergent.Use 1 capful of Vaska per load; 1.5 capfuls for hard water. Comes in unscented and Light Lavender Scents. Each 48 ounce bottle will wash 32 loads. HE approved.
- Charlie's Soap. Recommended use of Charlie's is 1 full tablespoon for regular and HE machines. Charlie's rinses cleanly leaving no residue. *Do not use if you have hard water.
For mainstream store bought detergents stay away from additives such as brighteners, dyes or perfumes/ scents. This may cause buildup on the diapers, repelling of the diapers and may interact with urine and cause a foul odor. Our favorites are:
- Arm & Hammer Free
- Tide Free & Clear
To be more environmental, and to best ensure that you have a "residue free" diaper, more "natural" brands of detergent are recommended. These are 7th Generation, Ecover, Country Save, and Vaska. Most can be bought at any health food store, natural grocer or online.
Recommended Washing Routine for Cloth Diapering in General
- To prevent ammonia stinkies, it is best to rinse each diaper prior to storing for wash day.
- Be sure to wash every other day at the most. Waiting any longer than that can cause major stink issues.
- Rinse diapers in a COLD soak or rinse cycle in washing machine.
- Wash on WARM or HOT with recommended amount of detergent. Do not use fabric softener. Some manufacturers prohibit washing on hot.
- Rinse diapers in a COLD rinse cycle twice.
- Tumble dry on low or hang to dry. Do not use dryer sheets. Some manufactures prohibit drying in the dryer.