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Is it gentle, yet tough enough to get rid of all the stains?
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I'm using Purex F&C at the moment, and it's been fine. I think I'm going to either try making my own when I run out, though, or just buy some Crunchy Clean on Etsy (it's the same formula as homemade, but you can get it scented).

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When I first started CD'ing I used 7th Gen. Then I switched to Charlie's b/c I found out that 7th Gen had citrus oils in it that would cause CD's to repel.

So I used Charlie's for a long time but I have hard water so ended up getting bad build up.

Now I've switched to Soap nuts in the last couple of weeks. I like them.

None of the detergents/soaps I've ever used have gotten rid of all the stains. Using RLR laundry treatment occasionally has helped brighten the diapers and lighten stains. I'm not too worried about the stains though b/c the kids are just going to keep pooping on them.
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Country Save. One box lasts about two months at our house. It's great stuff!

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Charlies. i cant use anything else on any of our landry. it cleans well, rinses clean and smells fresh, cause its unscented.
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Purex free and clear. I've had no issues with my dipes and as for stains, I do have occasional stains, but they don't stress me out.

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We have a newborn and have only washed our diapers twice so far. We are using Trader Joe's ...Next to Godliness detergent, which was recommended by the person who led the cloth diaper workshop we attended. I don't think every stain has come out, but we don't have a clothesline yet, so can't take advantage of the sun's natural bleaching power.

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Nature Clean All Natural Laundry Powder...seems to work OK...as for stains, we get them but just sun them out.

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For now we use Purex F&C. It works well enough. I'd like to switch to something more natural,but this is all our budget allows right now.

For stains, I try to sun them on the weekends. Seems to work fine.

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I use the homemade laundry soap. fels-naptha, washing soda, borax, and a little bit of sun oxygen cleaner. And a dash of vinegar in the fabric softener cup.
Works great on cotton diapers like prefolds and flats. It is a very hard working soap, right now I only have 1 diaper with a stain and that was from ds eating to many blue berries. I'm thinking the next wash and the stain will be gone.
It leaves the diapers soft, and smelling so fresh and clean.

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Charlies. It cleans great. I use it on everything.
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I use this recipe:
1 55 oz. box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1/2 cup Mule Team Borax
2 Cups Oxygen Cleaner-She recommends Sun ($5 @ Dollar General)
1/2 cup Simple Green
1/2 cup Calgon Water Softening Powder

It comes from this website:
http://diaperdivas.proboards57.com/i...y&thread=48888
I hope its okay to link to another forum, because I didn't want to quote without giving the link. Copyright and all that jazz.

Anyhow, I have a frontloader and used to use Purex F&C on dipes (We use it on everything as we have sensitive skin here) and I was getting horrible stink issues. I tried EVERYTHING. Everything. to combat it. I mixed up this detergent and I have had nothing but sweet smelling laundry. (No scent, just smells clean.) I had a bunch of AIO BumGenius that I had quit using and was only using pockets because of the stink and now because of this detergent I am back to using some AIOs. The OPs chemist friend suggested doing a run of RLR on Hot, but I never got around to that, yet, and it still works. Love it.

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Regular purex. Have seen too many articles on avoiding the F&Cs. No issues yet.
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Bac-out, salt and soapnuts!!!

NOTHING will remove all stains (short of using bleach or the sun's bleaching power). As long as your dipes come out of the dryer smelling clean, they are!!

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Country Save is my personal favorite. I agree with the pp that nothing gets all stains except sun or bleach, but in terms of getting diapers clean without buildup, Country Save is amazing! It also works VERY well on my husband's work clothes which are quite disgusting as he manages a catfish farm and comes home reeking of dead fish! lol!

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We just switched to Country Save as Charlie's was not working for us, and the CS has been a really good choice for us. My dh gets into some nasty messes at work, too, (though no competition with catfish) and his clothes and ds's diapers both come out in great shape.
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Melapower for diapers and everything. And we wash only with cold water for everything as well. It works great!
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I have heard good things about almost all of the detergents listed by members.

From my extensive reading (so much info out there!)....
I hear the best reviews on :

Charlies - although I hear it can react badly with hard water and some babies have had severe reactions from it

Allens Naturally - This one I heard the most positive comments on...this is the one I decided upon.

Bac Out for stains - Great for stains...HOWEVER, important to use only for pre treat/soak, then you MUST wash with HOT water and do a rinse...otherwise the enzymes can cause a nasty rash.

And of course....vinegar and baking soda always rock for everything.

The biggest piece of advice I have gotten is to avoid regular detergents as they will cause repelling on dipes...then you will have to strip them. But some moms use them and do ok.

Good luck! Let me know what works for you! I will do the same!
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Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda works great especially with my front loader

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not trying to hijack the thread or anything, but I'm getting back into CDing and can't remember what detergent I used to use with DC#1s CDs. Our family is quite sensitive to perfumes and dyes, so I'm trying to find something without that to wash teh CDs in that will, obviuosly, be effective. Only problem is I'm getting terrified at the prices I'm seeing on some of the recommended detergents for washing CDs! With those prices I'll have a hard time justifying that CDs are cost effective...a big reason for us using them!

So what detergents are fragrance free, work well, and are inexpensive??

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i use purex f&c on my dipes. i have noticed that since i started using it, i have had more problmes with the diapers stinking after DD pees in them. i never had this problem when i was using my regular clothes detergent xtra. a&h left stuff behind that caused rashes. Sun worked ok too. i like the vinegar in the rinse as well.

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We got Ecos from Costco in preparation of our little one. Anyone used Ecos before?
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Biokleen here, for diapers and all laundry.

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Here are P&P tops picks, and you can find a more detailed list on her site.

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We got Ecos from Costco in preparation of our little one. Anyone used Ecos before?
I use ECOS but this will be my first time using it for diapers. As far as I have read, only the Ecos F&C is good for diapers.

I hope it works well. I have been using Publix f&c and though it gets everything clean I still get stinky diaper after dd pee's. I started doing an extra rinse and it has helped a lot. I am hoping the ECOS f&c gets rid of all of the stinkiness.
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I just use baking soda in the wash, vinegar to rinse.

Never a stain, never had a stink issue EVER.

did this with dd1's dipes for over a year and am doing it again going on 3 1/2 months.... it works for us.

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I currently use Country Save and it is by far the best out of everything I've tried. I tried Purex F&C and had to deal with massive stink issues almost immediately. I also tried Claudia's Choices but it is insanely expensive. Tide Free didn't do the trick either. I have to say Country Save is the best for us (hard water, top loading machine) and it is dirt cheap and lasts forever it seems!

So my routine is cold rinse, then 3/4 scoop of CS detergent, a dash of Calgon water softener and a bit of oxygen bleach with a hot wash, then two cold rinses.

So far so good.

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I just use baking soda in the wash, vinegar to rinse.

Never a stain, never had a stink issue EVER.

did this with dd1's dipes for over a year and am doing it again going on 3 1/2 months.... it works for us.
Just BS and nothing else? How much BS and vinegar do you use?
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We have a newborn and have only washed our diapers twice so far. We are using Trader Joe's ...Next to Godliness detergent, which was recommended by the person who led the cloth diaper workshop we attended. I don't think every stain has come out, but we don't have a clothesline yet, so can't take advantage of the sun's natural bleaching power.
Last I checked this detergent has a fabric softener added to it. You don't want to use softeners for diapers, that will make them repel.
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Just BS and nothing else? How much BS and vinegar do you use?
depends on the size of the load, how long its been btwn washes, etc.

but anywhere from 1/2c-1cup?

vinegar is less and not even with every load. maybe every other wash. I used to fill a downy ball 1/2 way, but now I have a front loader and I fill the little fabric softener part.



my dipes are great.... i know some people that have said this was hard on their dipers? but I have not experienced that to be the truth myself. I buy all my dipes used as well and they are all good enough to pass on...

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Purex F&C or All F&C, whatever is on sale when I need it (which isn't often).

I used to use Sun, but I can't find the non-scented version anywhere anymore.

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