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post #161 of 224
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Originally Posted by nikilabove
Anyone know what is actually in Simple Green? I have looked on their website and they claim they will not give out the list of what they put in it.
This makes me quite wary on using it, esp since it is used for cleaning tires....not sure I want something that strong on the diapers that go on my babies bum.
See post #11 -- companies aren't required to list their ingredients.
post #162 of 224
Are you sure that the ws doesn't have bubbles? I am still getting a lot of bubbles on my 3rd wash.
post #163 of 224
I just got my washing soda today and i'm gonna do my first load of SG/WS diaper laundry. i'm excited
post #164 of 224
I did my first SG/WS yesterday and I am so happy with how fresh and clean they smelled!! And dd's little bottom was not red at all today!
post #165 of 224
I got my WS today too! Sooo happy I found it at Kroger ... it was only $1.99 a box! The first load of dipes is about to come out of the wash and so far so good.
post #166 of 224
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Originally Posted by Mama8
Are you sure that the ws doesn't have bubbles? I am still getting a lot of bubbles on my 3rd wash.
The SG makes a lot of bubbles, perhaps it's that? I put the WS in first, letting it dissolve, and there are no bubbles. But the SG does have 'em. How much are you using? I've gone down to about 8 squirts, which I thought was a tablespoon, but someone else measured a tablespoon to be TEN squirts. Before, I was using TWO tablespoons and there were a LOT of bubbles.



I'm using the WS/SG more and more with regular laundry, and it's going great! My towels could be softer, but then, I've ALWAYS (as in, ever since I started doing my own laundry at college at 17 years old) had problems getting towels soft.
post #167 of 224
i'm doing my first load right now i'm so pleased with the smells in teh washer. the sg smelled funky at first but the washing soda smells so good. i stood over the washer for a minute just sniffing lol before putting any dipes in LoL.

I hope it goes well although i think it will!!
post #168 of 224
Maybe I have hard water. I washed my dipes (this is a prewash to get them ready for use as I don't have anybody to poop into them yet...) and they came out smelling like... nothing. Odorless.
post #169 of 224
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Originally Posted by KBinSATX
Maybe I have hard water. I washed my dipes (this is a prewash to get them ready for use as I don't have anybody to poop into them yet...) and they came out smelling like... nothing. Odorless.
Odorless is good!

While the water is going I can smell the SG (smells like mint, my husband says), but after I smell nothing.

OK, what does the washing soda smell like to you, CalebsMama05? I smell *nothing*, just like baking soda or oxyclean (all related, to my not-so-scientific brain).
post #170 of 224
it smells like...i'm not sure...maybe its my supersensitive preggo nose. maybe it was the mix of washing soda and simple green. it smelled great!


and it was so nice to take my diapers out of the dryer and smell nothing!! previously they smelled *however faintly* of poo.
post #171 of 224
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Originally Posted by CalebsMama05
it smells like...i'm not sure...maybe its my supersensitive preggo nose. maybe it was the mix of washing soda and simple green. it smelled great!


and it was so nice to take my diapers out of the dryer and smell nothing!! previously they smelled *however faintly* of poo.
I've been checking for your update, I know how excited you were to try the combo. I can't believe it works, but I love it! Glad it worked for you!
post #172 of 224
I thought I had read that washing soda is too caustic for diapers?? :

Yes, as of this fall, you can get Simple Green in large all-purpose containers. I bought some on sale and it has lasted a LOOOONG time.

I too was using Purex Free and Clear after I forgot to buy more Sportswash before deer season was over. Around here it's gone by November. ARRGH!

I am so going for the washing soda/Simple Green idea, though, again, I'm concerned about the washing soda.

Great thread!!
post #173 of 224
I tried using washing soda, and my dd ended up with a horrible rash, even after running an extra whole cycle to rinse. And I don't know if this is connected, but she's never had a skin problem before and now she's got excema, too.
post #174 of 224
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Originally Posted by lrmama
I tried using washing soda, and my dd ended up with a horrible rash, even after running an extra whole cycle to rinse. And I don't know if this is connected, but she's never had a skin problem before and now she's got excema, too.
im sry that happened to you. I ran an extra cycle to rinse as well.
post #175 of 224
Washing soda is very harsh stuff. It is right up there next to bleach but not quite as bad. It is found in powdered detergents though anywhere from 15% to 50% according to some MSDS sheets I looked up on detergents. 1/4 cup is a lot of washing soda. I tried using this much and ended up with rash. I do have very soft water which is the hardest to deal with cloth diaper washing.
post #176 of 224
Washing soda is very harsh stuff. It is right up there next to bleach but not quite as bad. It is found in powdered detergents though anywhere from 15% to 50% according to some MSDS sheets I looked up on detergents. 1/4 cup is a lot of washing soda. I tried using this much and ended up with rash. I do have very soft water which is the hardest to deal with cloth diaper washing.
post #177 of 224
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Originally Posted by Mollyred
Washing soda is very harsh stuff. It is right up there next to bleach but not quite as bad. It is found in powdered detergents though anywhere from 15% to 50% according to some MSDS sheets I looked up on detergents. 1/4 cup is a lot of washing soda. I tried using this much and ended up with rash. I do have very soft water which is the hardest to deal with cloth diaper washing.
Interesting. It seems like the problem is that it's hard to make sure *all* of any detergent is washed out of diapers, and some babies react to small amounts of residual detergent, especially when mixed with pee/poop. I've now read about bad reactions to sensiclean/sportwash, all detergents with enzymes, and washing soda. But without strong cleaners, it's hard to get diapers clean and people get stink problems. Agh! Fortunately, Allen's Naturally, super hot water, and a cold soak in bac-out for poopy dipes seems to be working for us.

Where did you find the MSDS sheets on detergent? The ingredient lists on most detergent containers are incredibly vague, and I haven't found anything more useful on detergent makers' websites.
post #178 of 224
Well, I have a broken washer so currently my wash routine is...nothing. Argh.

However after a couple months of the WS/SG routine, I also found that ds was getting some rashiness. Plus my dipes were getting super stiff. I am having trouble dealing with wash routines for fuzzibunz, then different ones for prefolds/fitteds, etc. I don't have time to fuss so much.

I'm going to go and bite the bullet and buy some Allen's Naturally. Once I get a new washer, that is.
post #179 of 224
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Originally Posted by My3Kids'Mama
I'm going to go and bite the bullet and buy some Allen's Naturally. Once I get a new washer, that is.
The good thing is, a bottle of Allen's Naturally goes a long way, especially if you have a front loader...
post #180 of 224
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Originally Posted by My3Kids'Mama
Plus my dipes were getting super stiff. I am having trouble dealing with wash routines for fuzzibunz, then different ones for prefolds/fitteds, etc.
That's weird...our dipes are getting softer and softer!

Why are you doing a different routine? I've got FBs, SBs, their inserts (microfiber and hemp), cotton-inside Bumkins and Kushies AIOs, and the occasional Kissaluv, along with two Little Lambs with varied fabric inserts....all washed together and doing great!


Also, I have very sensitive skin, but I just scoop up a handful of washing soda and "help" it dissolve under the water. Haven't reacted a bit. I know we're all different, but my skin and NO reaction makes me really scratch my head as to how WS could be harsh!
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