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post #21 of 45
i use purex f&c on my dipes. i have noticed that since i started using it, i have had more problmes with the diapers stinking after DD pees in them. i never had this problem when i was using my regular clothes detergent xtra. a&h left stuff behind that caused rashes. Sun worked ok too. i like the vinegar in the rinse as well.
post #22 of 45
We got Ecos from Costco in preparation of our little one. Anyone used Ecos before?
post #23 of 45
Biokleen here, for diapers and all laundry.
post #24 of 45
Here are P&P tops picks, and you can find a more detailed list on her site.
post #25 of 45
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Originally Posted by jjtsl View Post
We got Ecos from Costco in preparation of our little one. Anyone used Ecos before?
I use ECOS but this will be my first time using it for diapers. As far as I have read, only the Ecos F&C is good for diapers.

I hope it works well. I have been using Publix f&c and though it gets everything clean I still get stinky diaper after dd pee's. I started doing an extra rinse and it has helped a lot. I am hoping the ECOS f&c gets rid of all of the stinkiness.
post #26 of 45
I just use baking soda in the wash, vinegar to rinse.

Never a stain, never had a stink issue EVER.

did this with dd1's dipes for over a year and am doing it again going on 3 1/2 months.... it works for us.
post #27 of 45
I currently use Country Save and it is by far the best out of everything I've tried. I tried Purex F&C and had to deal with massive stink issues almost immediately. I also tried Claudia's Choices but it is insanely expensive. Tide Free didn't do the trick either. I have to say Country Save is the best for us (hard water, top loading machine) and it is dirt cheap and lasts forever it seems!

So my routine is cold rinse, then 3/4 scoop of CS detergent, a dash of Calgon water softener and a bit of oxygen bleach with a hot wash, then two cold rinses.

So far so good.

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Originally Posted by tallulahma View Post
I just use baking soda in the wash, vinegar to rinse.

Never a stain, never had a stink issue EVER.

did this with dd1's dipes for over a year and am doing it again going on 3 1/2 months.... it works for us.
Just BS and nothing else? How much BS and vinegar do you use?
post #28 of 45
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Originally Posted by not_telling View Post
We have a newborn and have only washed our diapers twice so far. We are using Trader Joe's ...Next to Godliness detergent, which was recommended by the person who led the cloth diaper workshop we attended. I don't think every stain has come out, but we don't have a clothesline yet, so can't take advantage of the sun's natural bleaching power.
Last I checked this detergent has a fabric softener added to it. You don't want to use softeners for diapers, that will make them repel.
post #29 of 45
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Originally Posted by MammaKoz View Post



Just BS and nothing else? How much BS and vinegar do you use?
depends on the size of the load, how long its been btwn washes, etc.

but anywhere from 1/2c-1cup?

vinegar is less and not even with every load. maybe every other wash. I used to fill a downy ball 1/2 way, but now I have a front loader and I fill the little fabric softener part.



my dipes are great.... i know some people that have said this was hard on their dipers? but I have not experienced that to be the truth myself. I buy all my dipes used as well and they are all good enough to pass on...
post #30 of 45
Purex F&C or All F&C, whatever is on sale when I need it (which isn't often).

I used to use Sun, but I can't find the non-scented version anywhere anymore.
post #31 of 45
Where do you buy the Country Save in Canada?

I've been using Soapnuts, but I think we need a new machine, because it's not doing much for clothing or diapers. I got the Claudia's just to see if there's a difference in the smell of the diapers and there is, but it's not practical for continued using.

Wonder Wash (Charlie's) is also expensive in Canada. It's double the US price.

What other natural detergents are available in Canada?
post #32 of 45
I've used Sun and Earth (which has an orange scent) and the Trader Joes which is lavender. I tend to switch back and forth from one to the other.

I also use a squirt of bac out and do an occasional extra rinse with a cup of vinegar to get soap buildup out. I don't worry about stains, it's too much trouble.
post #33 of 45
I was using Charlie's for about 9 months but after about 6 months, things were just different (dipes weren't clean and there was stink, especially when DS peed). Also, DS started getting rashes. They looked different from teething rashes.

So now I've been using Simply Clean (simplycleanok.com), which is homemade by a CDing mom whose kid has very sensitive skin.

We just moved and have a new washer, an HE front loader, and I wash the dipes three times! Cold rinse with a tad of Bac-Out, hot wash with 1/2 tablespoon Simply Clean, and then I sniff an insert. Every time I've done another hot wash. I'd love to streamline this.

BTW, I had hard water at old place and new house.
post #34 of 45
So, I see that a lot of you are using either Purex Free and Clear or Country Save. These seem to be pretty popular. Couple of questions...
1. I have tried to use All Free and Clear and Cheer Free and Clear for our clothes in the past. They both make my husband break out. His mom told me she's never been able to wash his clothes with anything made by All or Cheer. Is Purex made the same way as All and Cheer? If so, we'd have issues with him so that wouldn't work for us.

2. Where do you buy Country Save?? The only place I can find it has been online at Amazon. But to buy it from Amazon, the only way to get it is to buy in bulk. It's an order of 4 packages for $50. Not bad when I break it down per wash, but I'd rather just buy one and try it out before spending $50 on 4 packages of it. Is there anywhere else online I can get it? It's not sold locally.

I thought about making my own detergent and found a pretty common recipe calling for borax, washing soda, and fels naptha soap. But I read that soap shouldn't be used on cloth diapers because of build-up on the dipes... I have a friend who just uses borax, washing soda, and an oxy-cleaner (Sun, I think?). Anyone had any luck with this?
post #35 of 45
we use Tide Original Powder. I think the diaper sprayer is what keeps our dipes from being stained.
post #36 of 45
Anyone ever use Arm & Hammer's essential line detergent???
post #37 of 45
post #38 of 45
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Originally Posted by abemom2 View Post
Where do you buy the Country Save in Canada?

I've been using Soapnuts, but I think we need a new machine, because it's not doing much for clothing or diapers. I got the Claudia's just to see if there's a difference in the smell of the diapers and there is, but it's not practical for continued using.

Wonder Wash (Charlie's) is also expensive in Canada. It's double the US price.

What other natural detergents are available in Canada?
Can you just order from a US store? There are several of us that free/cheap ship to our Canadian cloth diapering mamas.
post #39 of 45
I just got my diaper order from parentingbynature.com and she included a little list of detergents that are findable in Canada:
  • Nature Clean
  • Claudia's Choice
  • BioVert
  • Seventh Generation Declicate Care
  • Wonder Wash

That said, I could only find Nature Clean in our small town ... I'll keep my eye out for the others. I'm leaning toward baking soda and vinegar ... detergent is darn expensive!!!
post #40 of 45
With the exchange rates, and shipping/customs it's not really worth buying from the good old US anymore.

Many detergents are available here, but with shipping it's not worth it.

1. Nellie's is in many places - WAHM, and more carry them.

2. http://www.extraordinarybabyshoppe.c...erLaundry.html has a whole bunch.


3. http://www.londondrugs.com/Cultures/...0&CountIndex=5 Also has a big variety.

I'm trying to figure out who's cheapest with the shipping. Locally I have Claudia's and Nature's Clean.
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