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I went to my naturopathic doctor today and we were discussing Sophias(my dd's) eczema. He asked what kind of laundry det. I use. I was using bio-kleen and or seventh generation (the regular powder kind for both). He suggested that I switch to Dreft. He said that it's been tested on all different skin types(babies) and that it's non-irritating and really good for babies with sensitive skin. I got some today and it's got a stronger scent then I'm used to. My dd has very sensitive skin, so I want to use what's best for her. I wondered if anyone has used this and if it's full of weirdy stuff?? Thanks for any feedback. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We use Dreft. I still find that it is a fairly strong detergent and only use about 1/2 or less of the recommended amount. Other than that, I really don't have much more info to offer. Our dd does not seem to have very sensitive skin, and has no troubles with Dreft at all. I'm sure that it is not the most natural, etc... but it is what works for us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
HTH a little.<br><br>
be well.<br><br>
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I went through 2-3 boxes of Dreft with each of my kids when they were newborns. Then, I started switching over to my regular stuff (I use the homemade laundry detergent made with washing soda and soap). I never had a problem with either. One of my kids did have eczema when he was 2, but it was a diet allergy, and cleared right up after I eliminated dairy from his diet.<br><br>
I've never heard of anyone having a problem with Dreft in my real life, though I'm sure someone, somewhere has. Still, it may be worth a try. You could just wash a few things in it to see how it goes before doing an entire load.<br><br>
Good luck,<br><br>
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I recently switched back to Dreft-DS is a year and has had some excema issues-DH is thinking that it started when I switched him to regular detergent with our clothes because I thought he was past the sensitive skin period (about 8 months old?)<br><br>
So we are hoping the Dreft helps with his skin now.
 

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Thanks for the feedback! My dr also reccomended that I use half the amount that they call for. I have also tried (and am still trying) to eliminate things from my diet. I don't eat any dairy, wheat, eggs, refined sugars, artificial colors or preservatives, and citrus. Nothing has seemed to get everything all the way cleared up. She is supposed to start taking homeopathic sulfur tablets to hopefully help with the inflammation. I could do a food allergy test but I don't want to have to draw blood on the situation <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> My dd has a labial adhesion too, and that area looks red and inflammed! But otherwise she's so vibrant and healthy. Thanks again gals and I hope everyone and their families are doing great!!! Keep on smiling!
 

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My son has VERY sensitive skin. We could not use dreft because he still had bumps underneath his skin that never went away until I started using a free and clear brand of detergent. Hope this helps. Brandy
 

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I've used Dreft in the past, and I've noticed that the scent is somewhat strong, after I pull the clothes out of the washing machine, but once I run them through the dryer I don't notice any scent.<br><br>
My 2 y.o. nephew has pretty bad eczema and really sensitive skin, and my SIL has always used Dreft for his clothes with no problems.
 

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I haven't used dreft on my diapers yet, I have just been using the bio-kleen or 7th generation. I was thinking about trying out the All free and clear detergant too. Has anyone had good luck with that?? Little ones are so sensitive, but sooooo sweet! I did read an older post about dreft and diapers and it was saying that it may decrease the absorbency of them, but like I said I haven't tried it myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Does dreft have a fabric softner in it? I was told it does, which means you shouldn't use it on diapers or anything w/the fire retardent on it (which we avoid anyway).<br><br>
We used All Free & Clear succesfully for years, but recently changed to Tide HE when we got the new washer.
 

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I tried to use it but the smell about knocked me out. I'm very sensitive to fragrance and it gave me a huge headache <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Well, All has a new Baby type thing... Although, i've been using Tide Free 'cause my mom buys it for us!! I can't always afford Biokleen.. LIke it, but can't afford it!
 

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From what I understand Dreft on diapers is not good because it hurts the absorbancy. All free and clear is good on everything except diapers w/ fleece because it causes the fleece to repel.<br><br>
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I'm trying to remember. I "think" that it leaves some sort of residue. You could ask on the diaper boards if you wnat more information.
 

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I've used All Baby on prefolds with no problems, but I'm afraid to try it on anything else.<br><br>
All Baby is cheaper than Dreft and the smell isn't as strong. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I read on the <a href="http://www.bummis.com/en/WashDiapers.html" target="_blank">www.bummis.com/en/WashDiapers.html</a> site that any free and clear detergents, or natural detergents like Dreft, Dr.Bronner's, 7th gen, Ivory, etc. are NOT to be used on diapers or covers (cotton included!) b/c they contain oils and/or softeners that coat the fibers of your diapers and covers- that will affect the absorbency of them. I've been using All free and clear until last week...once I read that I switched;haven't had diaper leaks like I did before! Thought I'd share my experience, even though I'm new to cloth diapering....my dd is 8 months old, we switched to cloth 2 mos. ago and are LOVING it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yes, Dreft has fabric softener in it which coats the fabric and makes it repell water...or pee.<br><br>
Sensi-Clean is a residue free detergent that has been popular with the diapering world. <a href="http://www.atsko.com" target="_blank">www.atsko.com</a> is the manufacturer, but some diaper WAHMs sell it.<br><br>
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I can't believe a doctor would recommend a highly perfumed detergent like dreft over a natural no scent alternative like biokleen or all free and clear?!<br><br>
That baffles me!<br><br>
Dreft smells so strong it almost makes me ill...literally!<br><br>
UGH!<br><br>
I would stick with the biokleen or try dilluted all free and clear or some homemade soaps with soap and washing soda.
 

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How do you make the homemade detergent? Where do you buy the washing soda? Is that baking soda? Sorry if I sound dumb, we're just trying to find a more affordable option right now!
 
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