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I wrote Dreft to ask if their detergent is soap or synthetic based and if it contains fabric softener. This rumor has been floating around for ages and I had heard it was not true, but wanted a sure answer because I think it actually may be a great detergent for use with diapers (in theory, anyway). So here is the response I got:<br><br>
"The fabric softener question could be a bit tricky. We do not add a fabric softener to Dreft. We currently offer no detergent/fabric softener combination products. But, Dreft does rinse thoroughly leaving virtually no detergent residue in the fabric. When residues are present, fabrics tend to feel stiff. Because of Dreft's through rinsing, the fabrics may be softer than when laundered with another detergent.<br><br>
Is Dreft a synthetic detergent or a soap? Actually, Dreft is a detergent and has always been a detergent. It was introduced in 1939 as the first synthetic detergent. It was developed to overcome the drawbacks of soap. The next, Tide, wasn't introduced nationally until the early 1950's because WWII put the research on hold.<br><br>
Having said all that, Dreft is a synthetic detergent that contains no fabric softener. I hope this helps.<br><br>
Mike<br>
USA Dreft Team
 

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I just put a shirt on my DD that I had washed ages ago with Dreft and it smelled so nice and was so soft! I was <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> a little since I can't use it anymore with my dipes.<br><br>
SO, who is going to be the guinea pig and give it a try? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
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hmmmm...if i still have that free sample of dreft i'll be a guinea pig later today when the kids are napping.
 

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I have a sample, and I'll try it.<br><br>
I'm not skeered...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I may just buy some next time I need detergent, but that won't be for a LONG time! :LOL You would think I was seriously mentally ill if ya'll saw how many boxes of detergent are in my laundry room! LOLOL I went on an experimenting spree a while ago and haven't had to buy more detergent for months and probably won't need to for many more months, since I also just ordered 3 boxes of SA8 Sensitive (Amway/Quixtar). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br>
Do they have a 12 step program for detergent nuts?
 

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I find Dreft to be very perfumey. I had read about this a while ago on diaperpin but I still wouldn't use it on my dipes.
 

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Hi there. I used Dreft on dd's clothes and diapers, only to find the advice to NOT use Dreft. so, I, too, wrote to and called Dreft (think "Mike" answered my note, too!). Anyway, after getting the same answers, I went back to using Dreft on diapers. Here's what I found after using Dreft for several months:<br>
-Dreft *may* have been causing a buildup on dd's diapers. Since switching to a store brand (which is what I use now), I've had better luck with absorption.<br>
-I found Dreft gentle to dd's skin, so no problems there.<br>
-Like the scent and the softness of clothes.<br>
Curious to hear others' comments!
 

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I've used it and never noticed any build-up or rash.<br><br><br>
I only used it a few times b/c I don't normally buy it.
 

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BUT :)LOL ) this is DREFT responding with regards to their own product. And that is, in and of itself, something to be cautious about. It is correct that they cannot just blatantly lie and say, "No, it does not contain any fabric softeners" if it actually did. However, as we have learned in the world of toiletries, there are several names for the same thing. It is a bit difficult for me to believe that DREFT outwashes all other detergents so effectively, that it leaves the clothes feeling softer to the touch. *aaaaaaaa* I'm calling their 'bluff' on that one. Where are the manufacturer's safety data sheets . . . I've been combing the internet for them and cannot find them. They are protected - therefore, we cannot REALLY know what is in Dreft.<br><br>
So, I gather that there is something in DREFT that makes it cleanse more effectively. Possibly a high level of phosphates? Does anyone have a box? Are there any ingredients listed on there?<br><br>
I am the first to want to rest an urban legend with regards to any product. And hey, if DREFT rocks for washing diapers, so be it. But before I want to go out and throw all my diapers in a wash of DREFT, I really would like to know why it is so different.<br><br>
Regarding soap or detergent, yea . . . DREFT is a detergent. Not too many soap-based cleaners left following the surge of synthetic detergents and their success in battling soap scum.
 

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"I find Dreft to be very perfumey. I had read about this a while ago on diaperpin but I still wouldn't use it on my dipes."<br><br>
Yea! When I opened my sample, I thought that it smelled really strong. Don't think I'm gonna like that at all.<br><br>
*The guinnea pig retreats*
 

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I have always used Dreft on my diapers without any problems. I keep reading about how bad dreft is for absorbancy, but for us it has been the absolute best. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Ok, I've got an actual box of the stuff that was given to me so I'll list what I can find on it for ingredients (not a whole lot, pretty sketchy)<br><br>
~Ingredients include biodegradable anionic surfactants and enzymes<br>
~Safe for septic tanks CONTAINS NO PHOSPHATE<br><br>
That's all I could find on the box, and that's exactly what it says (even the bold part is theirs)<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: Does that help?<br><br>
I don't know if I will try it on my diapers, I actually wasn't going to even use it on the new baby's clothing because Shea had eczema and when I stopped using Dreft on his cothes it got a little better. So, I may have to leave the testing up to someone else!
 

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~Safe for septic tanks CONTAINS NO PHOSPHATE<br><br>
That's all I could find on the box, and that's exactly what it says (even the bold part is theirs)<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: Does that help?<br></b></td>
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I wish it did, but just about any detergent that is non-phosphate can say this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> They really should print all of what is in the stuff, but then why would I expect it to be on the box when it isn't on their site or anywhere else that I can find . . . so far . . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake">
 

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Heather,<br><br>
Do you think for some reason Dreft contains 'worse' chemicals than other commercial (i.e. non-health food store purchased , although they're all commercial though aren't they? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> ) detergents?<br><br>
I guess I just I assume when i go with a main brand I am not getting the most environmentally friendly product. I figure they are all about the same in those terms and its just a matter if personal preference (or skin sensitivity).
 

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Do you think for some reason Dreft contains 'worse' chemicals than other commercial (i.e. non-health food store purchased , although they're all commercial though aren't they? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> ) detergents?<br><br>
I guess I just I assume when i go with a main brand I am not getting the most environmentally friendly product. I figure they are all about the same in those terms and its just a matter if personal preference (or skin sensitivity).</b></td>
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Nah, mainstream is mainstream . . . it is just that others that say they don't have any type of fabric softener or something that acts as a softener, well . . . they state it. It either does or it doesn't. After washing in DREFT you can feel that there is a difference to the detergent. I'm just curious what 'that' is. As far as it being any worse? Not at all . . . unless there is something that actually acts as a fabric softener, y'know?<br><br>
I imagine just having the question in my head would keep me from purchasing it - that and the perfume.<br><br>
I wasn't really discussing environmental . . . rather that 'something' that seems to say there is a type of softening agent in it.<br><br>
Environmental detergents, unfortunately, don't seem to work as effectively across all types of water. Hard water areas w/out water softeners seem to suffer the ramifications of their usage. We can use Bi-O-Kleen effectively here, but weren't able to do so in the Hill Country of TX.<br><br>
Maybe my own superstitions - maybe not. :LOL<br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">Heather who does NOT think that all BIG INDUSTRY is evil! I promise!</span>
 

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I see!<br><br>
I guess I just never noticed that clothes were any softer in Dreft than say Cheer. But if that's the case it is mysterious that they would say it contains NO softener.<br><br>
Hmmmm......
 

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Do you think it has a water softener like Calgon in it? I noticed that Calgon made my whites whiter when I used it on regular laundry. I also did not use Downy Advanced on my last load of ME OS to see if the Calgon alone could help soften them now that they are stripped well. I could hardly tell a difference between the Downy ones and the plain ones, they were that soft.<br><br>
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I was thinking that the whole "makes clothes softer because it doesn't leave residue" claim is also made by sensiclean, isn't it.<br><br>
ETA: FWIW, their ingredients list is similar, too. But I guess that isn't saying much.
 

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Part of the issue from my understanding with Dreft is that it is too gentle to clean diapers. This is why it is listed as a no product. If the diapers don't get completely clean then you are going to have a build up of other sorts.<br>
I have not personally done any testing with this though, my info here is mostly second hand.<br><br>
Also, as a side note, most surfactants used in detergents are vegetable based, these are the oil based surfactants.
 
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