Originally Posted by mamalovesbaby
I don't know if you can get them in the US or not, but I am in the UK and use something called ecoballs.
They are plastic balls, there are three ecoballs in each box. You put all three balls in the washing machine with your clothes, each one contains pellets made of mineral salts that produce ionized oxygen, which combined with the movement of the balls on your clothes, penetrates deep into your washing, lifting dirt and grime away. They are also anti-bacterial, as they change the PH of the water to above 10, in which bacteria can not survive.
They wash the clothes fantastically without the need for any chemical detergents, so there is no risk of nappy rash due to build up of detergent on the nappies, and no need to ever strip the nappies. And they are better for the environment too!
Those sound amazing! I've never heard of them before. I'm going to google in a second...
I always used whatever free and clear detergent was on sale. Usually Purex or All. Someone told me recently that Purex changed their detergent and it was no longer good for cloth diapers, but I don't know...?
We used prefolds and fitteds and never had to strip our diapers, ever. Stripping sounds like so much work! We use Calgon along with a little detergent because we have extremely hard water, and it leaves the diapers soft, fluffy, and fresh.