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I'm dizzy with all the different choices, methods and conflicting advice about washing cloth diapers. My newborn diaper stash (not done yet as I'm just six months pregnant) right now consists of<br><br>
12 Kissaluvs size 0<br>
4 organic cotton flannelette contours, newborn size<br>
4 organic terry contours, newborn size<br><br>
No covers yet. I'm planning on adding two BumGenius! right after dd is born so I can take advantage of their 30-day money-back guarantee.<br><br>
Now.. I'm so confused about laundering the diapers. I haven't washed them yet, and I'm waiting until I get closer to my due date. I'm tempted to try out the cheap Sun detergent (not Free and Clear) because it's so cheap and many people are satisfied with it. I know it does have brighteners, though, just none of the other additives.<br><br>
On the other hand, I'm really attracted to Country Save. I found out that it has borax, though, a no-no found on another website, but a green light given on yet another one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><br>
Then there's Charlie's Soap. I hear many people raving about it, then there are a few who complain that it gives their baby a rash.<br><br>
Anybody have any pointers? Experience? Can I use baking soda instead of an oxygen bleach or cleaner? Would I then have to use vinegar in a rinse?<br><br>
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Here's what I do:<br><br>
If there's poopy ones, I do a hot soak cycle with 1/4 cup baking soda first. Then I wash with all free and clear to which I add my own tea tree oil, hot with a cold rinse. If there weren't poopy ones and I didn't soak them first, or if I just feel like doing something else, I will rinse again with vinegar. Once in awhile, I just learned (DS is 10 months old) diapers will need to be stripped - see my post to find out how, hopefully.. That's all I know - drying them in the sun does get rid of stains. You'll love the bumgenius, I wish I'd gotten them sooner.
 

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I don't think you will get a clear answer because there are so many ways to do it right! I did some research here and at two other major cloth dipe sites and found absolutely no consensus. One site had a huge poll and even on it there were many favorite soaps/additives/etc. There is just no consensus!<br><br>
Try the kissaluvs website for washing instructions.<br><br><a href="http://www.kissaluvs.com/care-instructions.html" target="_blank">http://www.kissaluvs.com/care-instructions.html</a><br><br>
You might also email them or the site you bought your dipes from and ask them what they use to wash. That way, if you use the same thing, if something happens you can contact them about replacements. I did this exactly and had one prefold fall apart. The site replaced it immediately, for free, no questions asked. Also, most sites are run by mamas who have loads more experience washing than you and I as newbies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Ask them what detergents they like and why.
 

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My advice is look on your detergents ingredient list if all it has is :<br><br>
Anionic/and or Nonionic Surfactants<br><br>
And no other ingredients you should be fine. My detergent right now is the walgreens brand free and clear. I don't use but an 1/8 c. to wash my diapers. Soon all have a downy ball for vinegar in the rinse cycle.<br><br>
Good Luck on your detergent search and congrats on the STB little one!!
 

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It is so confusing and I fretted about detergents both when my ds was born and then just a month or so ago when we traded in our top loader for an HE front loader. And both times I fretted for nothing because honestly I don't see a difference no matter what detergent I try. I used Sun in our top loader, and once in awhile the generic store brand free and clear. Both were fine. When we got the front loader dh could only find Tide HE so we used that until the bottle was up and then switched to All Small and Mighty. I almost bought the Country Save but I don't like using powder because it doesn't dissolve well in my cold water wash for the regular laundry.<br><br>
Those lists make me so dizzy because one list will give the green light and the next will say it's unacceptable.
 

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Why would borax not be okay? I do do a wet bucket (something most don't do, but I just can't wrap my mind around a dry bucket), and I put a 1/2 cup or so of borax in with the soaking water. Then that all gets dumped in the washer when I wash them.<br><br>
I just learned today that creams aren't supposed to be good with cloth diapers? They leave a film or something? I've used it a few times and not noticed anything *shrug* It's always something.
 

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Thanks for the replies! I heard that creams with fish oil are a no-no for cloth diapers, but that zinc oxide and others are OK to use occasionally.<br><br>
I know, I need to relax a bit. Being pregnant and all, I'm a little over-enthusiastic to find the "right" way (no one size fits all here!). Currently I use Bi-O-Kleen Premium Laundry Powder for my laundry and Method for dh. He doesn't have sensitive skin.<br><br>
I really want to try Country Save the best, but my local health food store doesn't carry it yet. I can always order it online worse comes to worse. As a second choice, Sun Free is irresistable because of the price and ready availability. I'll experiment and share my wisdom once I get there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My Imse Vimse organic cotton contours come with instructions to wash at a certain temperature and use detergent with no phosphates, that's it.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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I'm six months too and I just finished washing my stash with Sun Free and Clear, which has no brighteners, additives, or anything yucky. It's easier for me to obtain as well, so I'll stick with this detergent.
 

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I agree, the detergent hunt can be mind boggling. I went through a brief phase of trying *everything* and finally settled on Mountain Green Free and Clear, which I get through Amazon. <a href="http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoicesataglancepspd.htm" target="_blank">Pinstripesandpolkadots.com</a> has a useful chart for helping make detergent decisions.
 

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I think with certain organic diapers, some detergents are not best..? Not sure about the borax, I read in green mountain diapers not to use borax for diapers; but I use country save and Bi-O-Kleen on our clothes but Seventh Generation Free and Clear for baby's clothes and diapers. I also just picked up some RLR, since my mom sent me some used prefolds and they wheren't coming completely clean of smell.<br><br>
there is no one best detergent, I think it really depends on the type of diapers, your baby's sensitivity, and you personal likes/dislikes.<br>
I would like to use Charlie's soap, but haven't gotten around to ordering some. I know some people use dawn, but I like to use biodegredable products in the home.<br>
Don't fret! if one doesn't work try something else, you'll have plenty of washes to figure out what works best for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Great advice already. Most importantly you made the first great decision for your baby and decided to cloth diaper! You will find what detergent works best for you. What works for one might not work for another. I finally found a great detergent that works for our washer and water type. I have been using mountain green and i love it. My fav so far in all these years.
 

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I got Charlie's and I really like it b/c I know there are no brighteners. I think if you don't get a rash right away it's probably OK. I think water type has a lot to do with what works, as much as what dipes.<br><br>
I was also under the impression that it was pockets that you had to be most careful with, but I don't know and I just asked about washing prefolds myself!<br><br>
I would stick with reading the product instructions at first and keeping it simple. It's harder to troubleshoot if you're also dealing with extra vinegar, baking soda or similar.
 

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I just keep it really simple. I use a dry pail and wash once a day, usually first thing in the morning after I've changed dd's night time diaper. I do a hot wash with half the amount of tide that I would normally use for clothing and two cold rinses. All of my diapers are fine. I've been doing it this way for the last five and half months and no stinky issues yet. I did boil one of my pul diapers that was begining to wick and after boiling it and drying it was fine. I dont think I could keep up with all of the amounts of vinegar and baking soda and everything else. Cdiapering is suppose to make my life easier!
 
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