Originally Posted by BroodyWoodsgal
I use Seven Nations all natural whatever for most of our laundry....it's pricey, but I've been really lazy about buying the stuff that is just as good (if not better) in bulk online, so I'm being punished for my laziness with costly detergent from the store! I have a septic system, so I take biodegradable/septic safe pretty seriously and would never use Tide or anything like that. Will/would never use any kind of softener.
For baby clothes I'm using Rockin' Green for Hard Water in an attempt to avoid build-up on the cloth, so far so good.
Absolutely DO NOT use Dreft or anything like that. That stuff is so freaking nasty it's not even funny. Those softeners and fragrances are made from very, very bad things and is the very furthest thing from "good for sensitive skin". I cannot figure out why that stuff is what "Everyone" uses for baby clothes! YUCK!
I've never understood the Dreft thing either! It smells nice, I guess if you aren't aware of much more beyond that and you don't have sensitive skin, it doesn't matter?
I hadn't heard of any special detergent for hard water, I might have to try that! I remember using some kind of water softener in a box to strip diapers in the past so I'm wondering if I will have problems again. Once I took my diapers on vacation to Cape Cod where the water is a lot softer and I could not believe the suds that came out of them when I did a presoak!
Anyway, my answer for now is I have some unknown brand of a free and clear type detergent. For everyone else I have some cheap smelly stuff dh got that I am trying to use up and a thing of Arm and Hammer. I used to get the giant Costco jug of free and clear, I will probably go back to that.
My washer has a thing on the agitator for fabric softener (or vinegar) and it's broken. So everything either goes in at the beginning or not at all.