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View Poll Results: What detergent do you use?
Allen's 1 1.49%
Charlie's 20 29.85%
simple green / washing soda 2 2.99%
Tide 16 23.88%
Purex 7 10.45%
Free and Clear 15 22.39%
Generic 6 8.96%
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#31 of 45 Old 01-10-2008, 06:34 AM
 
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This poll needs an "other". We use planet and it works great.

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I just ordered some Charlies, I've been wanting to for a while, but just getting to it now I guess.

I have been using 7th Gen. or another similar soap.

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None. I always used baking soda and TTO and that worked better than detergent, especially w/ build up.

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it is not on your poll but I am loving Country Save right now
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We use Trader Joe's with a little borax & bs (with some vinegar in the rinse) and we have had no problems with build up or stink and everything is soft and fluffy.
We tried Charlie's on our regular laundry before Miss A was born and we hated it. Not sure if it was our water or what, but it didn't seem to clean very well and everything got funky too.
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tide free or store brand knock off tide free. Yeah, I know, they both have enzymes and probably optical brighteners but we don't have any problems and with other detergents (I've tried lots including Charlies) I end up with diaper stink.

We don't have any synthetic inner layers though (just cotton against baby)
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We were using Purex, but DS3 reacted bad to it. So now we are using Arm & Hammer Essentials.

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Another Charlie's fan here. Nearly all the other detergents that are available in our area contain brighteners (nearly all mainstream dets have these, even the "free and clear" ones), or oils which coat the dipes, and can affect absorbency and lead to residue/bacteria buildup which makes for some nasty stink.

Charlie's is also a lot cheaper for us than Allens, so it's a win win for us. We don't have issues with hard water though...

There was a big hooha over the SG/washing soda combo a while back and I tried it briefly -- thankfully I tried it on something other than my dipes first -- because it wreaked havoc on the material. Even using 1/4 teaspoon of the SG for a large load was way too harsh on the fabric. We do use SG to clean our washer (empty load) though and it works great.

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We use All Free & Clear or Purex Free & Clear. It really just depends on which one is on sale at the time.

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we use planet laundry soap... and I have to make this message extra long to make it to 50 characters
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None. I always used baking soda and TTO and that worked better than detergent, especially w/ build up.
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We use Trader Joe's with a little borax & bs (with some vinegar in the rinse) and we have had no problems with build up or stink and everything is soft and fluffy.
We tried Charlie's on our regular laundry before Miss A was born and we hated it. Not sure if it was our water or what, but it didn't seem to clean very well and everything got funky too.
For those of you using baking soda or borax, how much do you use? I had heard that they can be hard on the fabric and cause it to deteriorate faster. Have you found that to be the case?

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I have tried many on your list, plus some others, but we are loving the Country Save!
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For those of you using baking soda or borax, how much do you use? I had heard that they can be hard on the fabric and cause it to deteriorate faster. Have you found that to be the case?
I just sprinkle a little in.

I haven't noticed that? hmmmm.....
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Our choice wasn't on the list - we use Biz and Dreft. Is that bad?
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