I'm new to this scene and am just in my first week cloth diapering. We went out today and bought 7th Generation Sensitive Skin to use on our cloth diapers (which, don't get me wrong, seems to work great), and were shell-shocked at the cost. We're CD'ing, obviously for health/environmental reasons, but also to be a little more frugal...unfortunately, the $0.87 per load that it costs to buy the 7th Generation doesn't fit in. While at Meijer's, though, I noticed Arm & Hammer Essentials and noticed it fits a lot of the prereq's for cloth diaper detergent as well as a good price. More like $0.09 per load. A little more reasonable. Has anyone else used this and found success with cloth diaper loads??
My wash routine has become a cold rinse/soak, a hot wash with 1/4-1/2 normal detergent amount as well as 1/4 cup baking soda, then a cold rinse. Does this sound right?? Any tweaks from anyone that I should consider (just Gerber cotton prefolds).
Also, if I switch to A & H, can I still use the baking soda, or should I nix that stage? Should I be using vinegar anyways??
So new and sooooo many questions!!
Proud SAHM to Benjamin Michael 07-29-05
: and awaiting William Alexander 10-16-07
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