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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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#1 of 45 Old 01-07-2008, 04:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Alright, I've been CDing for over a year and still haven't found a detergent I'm in love with. I will say that I haven't tried the imfamous Allen's or Charlie's, because I can't get them locally and worry they're too pricey. I've been doing SimpleGreen and Washing Soda mostly. And we have a top loader
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after spending two days stripping ! I bought some Charlie's powder for my front loader. I haven't used it yet--but i am excited to!
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Regular Tide powder. About 1/4 cup for the highest water setting in my top loader. I do an extra rinse once a week just for good measure.

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I've been using whatever's on sale. I don't use Tide; I found my DD2s skin is sensitive to it, even with a double rinse. But whatever else I use seems to work fine. I've been cloth diapering 3 1/2 years now, and I've tried Purex, All, Cheer, several store brands, the BJs Wholesale brand, and a few others I can't remember now, and they've all worked just fine. I would love to use a natural detergent, but I just can't afford it for the number of loads I have to wash.

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Llyra,
How much detergent do you use? 1/2 what the bottle says, 1/4?
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i use arm and hammer essentials - i used to use sun until they added the brighteners and started calling it ultra. i like that the a&h is concentrated and uses less plastic and is certainly lighter to carry into the house with the groceries!! i just use a little bit when washing the cd - since its concentrated anyway it doesnt take much.

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I voted generic but I don't use a generic brand. I use Arm & Hammer Sensative Skin. It isn't a "Free and Clear".
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So Arm and Hammer doesn't contain surfactents or brighteners?
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Tide free and clear for us, with the occasional 7th gen.

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None of the above. I use Biokleen powder. I tried other things because I heard they were better for diapers and had nothing but problems. Biokleen works great on diapers, baby clothes, our towels, DH's work clothes...pretty much everything!

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I will say that I haven't tried the imfamous Allen's or Charlie's, because I can't get them locally and worry they're too pricey.
I LOVE Charlie's! I find it very inexpensive (a full load uses 1T of powder), and shipping is free from Charlie's
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Llyra,
How much detergent do you use? 1/2 what the bottle says, 1/4?
Oh heck, I have no idea. I don't measure it. I just splash a bit into the machine. I would guess it's probably about 2/3 of what's recommended but I can't be sure. Sometimes it's a liberal splash and sometimes a light splash; I'm really casual about it. I've never had buildup though, no stink ever and only one bad rash incident caused by Destitin on my pocket diapers. So I guess it works just fine.

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We use Country Save, so I didn't vote. It's from the health food store and is the only one I've found that rinses so well that I don't have to strip the diapers every now and then.

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I use Tide (with bleach alternative) on Fuzzi Bunz. I settled on it after a couple of months of trying different detergents, looking for the "perfect" one. I chose it after giving up on the natural detergents and deciding to try the extreme opposite Not my first choice, but it works for me. I've been using it for about six months.

I fill the cap to the #2 line for most loads, #3 for especially dirty ones. I've never had to strip the diapers, but I do occasionally bleach the inserts.
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Here's another recent thread about Allen's vs. Charlie's.

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I use the Arm and Hammer in the green bottle

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So Arm and Hammer doesn't contain surfactents or brighteners?
I don't know. There is an Arm & Hammer Free and Clear that can cause some people problems with cloth.
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I LOVE Charlie's! I find it very inexpensive (a full load uses 1T of powder), and shipping is free from Charlie's
I've been using Charlies for about a week now and finding it great. Very economical and cleans great.
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I don't know. There is an Arm & Hammer Free and Clear that can cause some people problems with cloth.
not sure about the free and clear - we use the new essentials one that is supposed to be more plant based. i really didnt research it...but we like it and it washes the dipes and rinses out real well.

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I use a store brand. It's the Krogers brand. I'm pretty sure I checked and there's no enzymes or brighteners. It works great. I'm going to get some Borax too, I haven't been using it lately, but I did really like it for its boosting properties.
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I use Charlie's powder and love it. 1 $14 bag is good for 80 loads, but the more bags you order the cheaper each one gets. I buy 3-4 at a time, which saves me a few dollars.

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I voted Charlie's, because thats what I want to use next time we buy soap!
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I voted Charlies, and that's what I've been using for a while. But I'm shocked to hear that you can pretty much use anything. When I started CDing I used a service and god knows what they used to wash with, but I assumed bleach at the very least. So when I got my own I thought I could use anything. I use All free & clear and my ds got the worst diaper rash even though there were no suds in the rinse cycle. I didn't know about the enzymes, brighteners or whatever else, so I bought some 7th generation baby and ordered some Charlies right away, I've been on Charlies ever since because I didn't want to risk ds's bottom. but it's good to know that there are options.

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We use Country Save, so I didn't vote. It's from the health food store and is the only one I've found that rinses so well that I don't have to strip the diapers every now and then.
We use Country Save too! It was very well reviewed on www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com and it has worked well for us. We only use 1 TBS in our He front loader so it lasts forever!
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I use Arm and Hammer naturals (or something like that). They have the regular and concentrated ones. I use about 1/2 the amount for a full load. It has worked best out of all the ones i have used. And it is cheapest usually (I got 2 big bottles for $5)

Allens liquid: first one I used. Worked okay, but we had yeast issues
Purex: I didn't think it got them clean enough. My hemp always smelled
All F&C: Worked well, but we use mostly pockets and the F&C scared me.

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I would have checked Other, but there wasn't a box. I use Arm & Hammer Essentials and have never had any problems.
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i use arm and hammer essentials - i used to use sun until they added the brighteners and started calling it ultra. i like that the a&h is concentrated and uses less plastic and is certainly lighter to carry into the house with the groceries!! i just use a little bit when washing the cd - since its concentrated anyway it doesnt take much.
that's what i've been using too with good results. i tried Country Save, but it seemed she reacted to that, so back to the essentials we went.

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Arm & Hammer dye and perfume free. Love it.

It was Charlie's (I briefly tried it) that totally messed things up in our house - it just does funky things with our hard water - took me months to de-funk our sheets and towels, and some struggles with the diapers to un-do it.

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We did Charlie's for a while. At first I loved it, but then the love wore off; I'm wondering if it was our incredibly hard water too?

I'm so glad we have had no reactions to Country Save as I was at my wit's end finding something that works. I think the "sanitary" cycle on the washer helps too. I'm scared when we move though, because we are putting in a water softener ... I've never had soft water before, so I'm curious what it will do to my detergent choice.

(I joked with dh that when we move in, I should put the diapers in the wash on sanitary with NO detergent just to see what has built up on them after only having hard water. )

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