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#1 of 28 Old 07-20-2009, 03:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I haven't had any problems with my detergent, but I'm always curious what else is out there, and how well it works.

Which detergent(s) have you tried, and how would you rate them on a scale of 1-10 (10 is the highest)?

I have only tried Purex F&C, and give it a 9.
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We started out with Charlie's. I'd give that a -5. I cleaned the diapers well, but irritated DS' skin really badly.

We used All free & clear the longest. No complaints, really. I've had to strip my diapers a few times, but I think that has more to do with my HE washer than the detergent. 8.

Right now we're using Rockin' Green from GADbaby.com. LOVE it. My diapers obviously don't hold the cucumber mint scent, but I love to be able to use scented detergent again. I give it a 10.
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I've been wanting a diaper safe scented detergent. I may have to try that!

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We started out with Charlie's. I'd give that a -5. I cleaned the diapers well, but irritated DS' skin really badly.

We used All free & clear the longest. No complaints, really. I've had to strip my diapers a few times, but I think that has more to do with my HE washer than the detergent. 8.

Right now we're using Rockin' Green from GADbaby.com. LOVE it. My diapers obviously don't hold the cucumber mint scent, but I love to be able to use scented detergent again. I give it a 10.
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I love Charlies.

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I loved Charlie's, too. When i ran out, i started making my own detergent which is similar to Charlie's: 1c. grated bar soap, 1/2c.washing soda, 1/2c.borax. Mix, use about 1T. per load. I give it a 10 'cause it's CHEAP and eco-friendly. Did i mention it's CHEAP?!

In regards to Charlie's causing rashes--there's a very particular process when you use it, and if you stray in any way, it can cause rashes. Just FYI to everyone. (Though, of course, just about anything can cause rashes, and moms may be doing everything right.)
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When i ran out, i started making my own detergent which is similar to Charlie's: 1c. grated bar soap, 1/2c.washing soda, 1/2c.borax. Mix, use about 1T. per load. I give it a 10 'cause it's CHEAP and eco-friendly. Did i mention it's CHEAP?!
What kind of grated bar soap? Should I look for a particular type?
Washing soda? Is that available on the laundy aisle?

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I just switched to Country Save from Cal Ben pure soap. I have to say that I am rating Country Save a 10 so far. Cal Ben is all natural but my breast pads were looking really dingy, I just took them out of the dryer and they were so bright!

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I have to say that I am rating Country Save a 10 so far.
Where do you buy it online?

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The only detergents that both cleaned and kept diapers from repelling and didn't bother DD skin were Charlies soap and Dreft. We also used unsuccessfully Tide cheer surf Sun gain Allens Country save ecocover 7th generation All and a few others I can't thinko f right now.

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We got it on amazon.com, 4 boxes for cheaper and free shipping!

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We made our own for a long time and loved it:

1 cup grated fels naptha
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax

Although I have heard of some people getting repelling issues eventually. We used it for a year on our dipes and had no problems.

Then I got lazy and started buying Trader Joe's All Natural Powder Laundry Detergent. I'd give it a 10--super cheap 7.99 for a box that cleans 64 loads of regular and I use less on dipes--maybe a quarter of an inch from where it's supposed to be. So I bet I get 80-90 loads of dipes out of it. Plus it is COMPLETELY ALL NATURAL

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I can't keep track of all the detergents I've used, and I don't have a strong preference for any of them--Tide, Gain, Cheer, Biokleen, whatever. The waterproofing on our Bummis pail liners did wear off, but only after two years of hard use, so that could have happened with any detergent.

I am planning on getting some Sportwash before the baby comes.

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We got it on amazon.com, 4 boxes for cheaper and free shipping!
Ah, yes, Subscribe & Save! That's what we did and so love it. We're currently using Country Save and I just use it for all my laundry. I'd give it a 9. But I'm picky.

I started with Biokleen which I thought was ok, but turned out so-so, I'd give it a 5.

Used All F&C while traveling, and I don't know if it was that combined with the Biokleen, and/or with the weirdly yucky water encounter at the CT shore or all of the above, but after that I stripped with hot water washes. All better now and loving my Country Save.

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Seventh Generation Liquid.
Ecos Liquid.
Both work well for us.
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I love my Tide Free and Clear. It's the only detergent I've tried that doesn't make my DD break out in a rash...not just on her bum, but on her entire trunk.

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I'm using soap nuts right now and LOVE them--give them a 9.
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Jeez, we've been through a dozen different. We're lucky enough to live in the land of diaper friendly water, which helps. I also add Biokleen BacOut and/or Borax to the loads.

We use most often Seventh Generation (which does come in scents, but we don't use it b/c it reacts poorly with the smell of pee imo) and I give it a 10. I use the line for HE, which is only a tiny bit.

I gave up on Ecos when they started adding the softener to all their varieties, before that we used it almost exclusively and I would have given it a 10 especially since it comes in a bigger bottle for less than 7gen. But the softener wrecked my dipes and required serious stripping. So now I'd give it a 0.

I like Ecover, but it's bottles are smaller than 7 gen, so the cost isn't worth it. I'll grade it 9.

We used biokleen for a while, the big cheap box of powder, and it did a good job cleaning, but it's complete & utter lack of a smell was bad especially when line drying in the city. Grade 6.

DH picked up a bottle of ZUM frankinsence & myrrh scent, and it was gross! It ruined the diapers, I had to strip them through the machine like 10 times, and then through the dishwasher like 4 x! The smell made everything disgusting, and it was just awful. -100

I'm sure there have been others, but these are the ones I can recall off the top of my head. We only use natural products, so I can't speak to any of the others.
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I used Country Save and after a while my dipes were smelling fresh out of the wash, so I now use Crunchy Clean, and so far it's doing great! You can get unscented, or all sorts of scents.

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Started with Allens. I give it a 6. Works okay, but $$
All F&C: good, but wanted something more natural. 8+
Purex Natural- 7
Simply Clean powder (all natural)- 5. Smells great, but i don't think it worked too well

We ar back to All F&C currently and I am liking it more every washing. DS is in that transitional poo stage (peanut butter ickieness!) and everything comes out clean smelling and stain free. I'd love it to be more natual, but I'll take it for now.

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Seventh Generation Liquid.
I looked at this one yesterday at the grocery store, it has "plant extracts" and I was wondering if that causes buildup in FLers? Do you ever have to strip your dipes?

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Hope it is okay that I'm bumping such an old thread, but it seems to have let me, soooo... what do you ladies think? I recently switched to home-made laundry soap for everything, and so far, so good. Going to be getting a bunch of cloth diaper stuff in the next few days, though, so I'd love to hear more testimonials!


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I use laundry tarts. I haven't had any issues at all and the diaps come out nice and clean. No need to strip them in the four months I've used it daily or every other day. I'm giving it a 10.
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i use country save. i'd rate it an 8 - after 6 months+ i eventually had to strip but i don't think it's the detergent's fault. it always left my prefolds, fitteds, and hemp and bamboo inserts in fantastic shape. i had some trouble with my pul/fleece pocket shells. it started when i tried rockin' green though, not country save! i have a FLer too so it may well be that it needed more rinsing. i haven't had any staining, my dipes smell nice (even though she's got toddler pee now!). i'm not giving it a 10 because there's an off chance that the country save was responsible for the pockets not getting clean enough, but it did do a great job of my PUL wraps and cotton/hemp/bamboo. those didn't get washed in the RnG.

 

i'm giving rockin' green a 2 because my girl started getting the diaper rash IMMEDIATELY after trying it. i have hard water, i used hard rock unscented. didn't expect a problem but there you go. it did leave my diapers clean and white though. 

 

i'm giving RLR laundry additive a 10 because boy, did it ever get out whatever was in those pockets. they are bright white like new, smell fantastic, and left no rash. it did require several cycles to get all the bubbles rinsed away but again, that's probably due to the rockin' green residue.


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All free and clear- 8.5

 

Ive used over 20 types of natural detergents,and none of them have cut it for me- I just cant stand the ammonia smell. All free and clear does the job and I bleach all my PF's and inserts about twice a year and then run them through twice with hot hot water.


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Planet 10, Eco Spout 8, Soap nuts 8, RnG 6, Ecos 0!! Ecos left my diapers with weird brown stains (and they were only pee diapers!!!). Oh, and we have very hard water, so we use calgon with every load, or else nothing gets completely clean.
 

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We used Charlie's Soap exclusively with Fuzzi Bunz and never, ever had any issues. Never stripped. No irritation. They stank a bit in the bag but we rarely had any retained smells i.e. no ammonia reek when the baby pee'd.. We were using commercial washers in our apartment.

 

We tried Charlie's Soap as a primary laundry soap for everything else but it didn't work nearly as well as 7th Gen for regular clothes. I've never used it on cloth diapers.

 

A friend recommends Rockin Green for our borrowed kissaluvs so we'll try that first.

 

I am not interested in experimenting with my cloth. I will never be a person who asks hey has anyone ever tried X? Nope. Tried and true and no problems. I don't mind stocking two. And I loathe scented anything.

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We used Rockin Green for a while but I didn't love it enough to keep having to order it. I like the convenience of running to the store and picking something up. When we switched over mainly to fitteds, I switched to Tide powder which is incredible. 
I switched to Ecos detergent and one other green soap, and it caused a lot of build up and DS was getting ammonia burns from his overnight diapers. We are back to tide now, and will definitely be sticking with that. 


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I love Rockin' Green. I've been using it every other day on DD's prefolds with no problems- I've never had to strip them (she was in orange edge about three months and has been in yellow edge going on 5). 

 

Because I can't go out and buy it at the store I give it a 9.


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