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I diaper with 100% cotton prefolds, switching back and forth between plain soap and a dye/scent free detergent.  Somewhere along the line, I heard to not use natural detergents with cloth diapers as they are prone to leave a residue.


Well, yesterday whilst grocery shopping, I noticed a bottle of Seventh Generation detergent on the clearance shelf.  Having had good experience with their detergent (though never this particular stuff on cloth diapers) I bought it as detergent was on my list anyway.


Now I'm wondering, is this really safe to use on cotton prefolds?  Try as I might, I can't find anything for sure on the internet.

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Come on mamas, what's the best detergent for prefolds?
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At GMD, she says that you don't need any special detergent for cotton. Whatever is fine because its cotton. Its when you're using synthetic fibers that you gotta worry

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I'm not set on a detergent for my cotton prefolds either.  I started with Seventh Generation Free & Clear (I think. Maybe it was their Natural Baby) and it seemed to work fine but I switched to Rockin Green because of what I read on this website:

It's a chart that lists lots of different detergents and rates the friendliness on cloth diapers. The Seventh Generation got a rating of 2 of 5 stars because it uses enzymes & softeners, whereas lots of other detergents get a 4/5 or 5/5.


So, I think it should work for your diapers but you might have better results with a different detergent. The extra rinse before and after the wash should help prevent any residue buildup.  Good luck!

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I honestly use whatever detergent I have as long as it doesn't have fabric softners. I use a heaping scoop of Gain these days since it was on sale.

I used to use 2 tbsp of cloth safe detergent and it did NOTHING for my diapers. As far as natural detergent, I've heard good things about 7th generation and Honest Co.

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There is much more flexibility with natural fibres as a previous poster said so with cotton prefolds you should be okay. The other thing to consider is if you have very hard or soft water as that sometimes needs some fiddling with the wash routine. But if you haven't had any issues yet you likely won't. And definitely avoid fabric softeners because they impede absorbency (you should also avoid them for towels for the same reason).


We have been using the Kirkland/Costco brand of "free & clear" detergent on diapers since DD was born. She is turning 3 in a month, no issues yet.

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