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#1 of 4 Old 11-21-2013, 11:23 AM - Thread Starter
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I've recently started cloth diapering w/ my 3rd child. I began when my diapers arrived when my son was 2wks old. Can anyone out there tell me what detergent to use w/ them? I've been told that the microfiber inserts won't absorb well w/ free & clear detergents. I use arm & hammer w/ oxiclean boost pods. My diapers are & alva diapers w/ pocket inserts. They also leak through the fabric, so I use a plastic diaper cover. It's working well so far. Any suggestions?
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I use tide, the original in powder version. Sometimes I makes my own, 1/8 cup 20 mule team borax and 1/8 cup arm and hammer washing soda

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Welcome eafeldmann! I;m going to move your post over to our Diapering forum where you will get some more advice and help than you will here in the welcome forum. Good luck with Diapering!!

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Well first of all, they shouldn't be leaking through! I have a number of Alva pocket diapers and I really like them. Is the insert saturated when they leak?


I use Kirkland (Costco's brand) liquid detergent in the free & clear version, my DD is 33 months old and that's what we've been using the whole time. Part of the thing with detergents is that if you have hard water and/or a front-loading washer you are more likely to have issues no matter your detergent. Otherwise things are more flexible and you'll find people using all different detergents with success.


One big thing is to avoid fabric softener and dryer sheets. They really prevent synthetic fibres from absorbing.

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