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so i have been wanting to go green with my laundry detergent for awhile just not sure which to use .. seventh gen , method , planet or .... ? and how much ? powder or liquid ? what is your routine ? do you use vinegar in the rinse ? add EO ? Tell me about it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br>
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cold rinse with nothing<br>
hot wash cycle with 1tbsp Charlies Soap<br>
hot rinse with nothing<br><br>
hot dry cycle or sun dry.<br><br>
thats IT. simple easy. and CLEAN. tehy smell so lovely too.<br><br>
if i WANT them to smell like something other than sweet clean delicious cloth i will put some EO in my final rinse. but i prefer not to. i like the smell of clean.
 

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I use prefolds and BSWWs exclusively. My routine:<br><br>
Cold wash<br>
Hot wash/cold rinse with 1/2tbsp Biokleen liquid* and 1/2tbsp Dawn<br>
Cold rinse<br><br>
Hot dry, but I hang the covers to dry<br><br>
*I just switched to powder but haven't used it yet. Not sure how much I'll use yet.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I use prefolds and BSWWs exclusively. My routine:<br><br>
Cold wash<br>
Hot wash/cold rinse with 1/2tbsp Biokleen liquid* and 1/2tbsp Dawn<br>
Cold rinse<br><br>
Hot dry, but I hang the covers to dry<br><br>
*I just switched to powder but haven't used it yet. Not sure how much I'll use yet.</div>
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I use Charlie's but I am thinking about a switch to biokleen. I like the dawn combo! Do you ever have to strip? We use hemp and even with Charlies I have to strip w/ dawn about once a month to get out the stink. Just curious why you are switching to powder? My dh hates powder detergent (because he tends to overload the laundry and then it doesn't totally dissolve), so I always use liquid, but I have been curious about powder.
 

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I use Planet ultra maybe a tbsp and a capful of Calgon b/c I have extremely hardwater...<br><br>
I do a hot wash and a cold rinse and then a second rinse...<br><br>
I only have enough diapers for one day at this point so if there is a poopy diaper (he only poops every other day) then I do a cold soak/rinse first.<br><br>
Oh I use pockets only (FB, BG, HH, SB)
 

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I use natural fiber fitteds only and I wash them on x-hot with a teeny bit of powdered Country Save and an extended rinse cycle. I have NEVER had to strip and I don't get odor problems, not even with my hemp. I've heard great things about Charlies too but it's not as easy to find as Country Save for me.<br><br>
I have heard lots about washing regularly or stripping with Dawn detergent, but I'm glad I don't have to use it on my dipes because I wouldn't use that in my kitchen! LOL I'd have to get a special bottle or something....<br><br>
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I forgot to add that I use biokleen for my clothes laundry and I'm pretty sure it's not recommended for diapers because of the enzymes? I could be way off, if I am I'm sure someone can correct me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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You know, I was so happy with Charlie's Soap. It washed the diapers so clean and I had to use so little. But it causes my son to get these burns and it causes me awful hives (yeah, I liked it so much I started using it on all the laundry). Now I am scared to try another "green" detergent. Currently I've been using Sun detergents. It's a cheapo, no-frills detergent but it gets the job done and I have had no buildup or any problems with my diapers. Plus I notice it is clear (no dyes or anything) and has a mild fragrance (you hardly smell it when the clothes are done--really) and does not fill up my sink with suds (when I wash by hand) and really cleans the clothes. These are all things I was looking for when I tried Charlie's but I've found them in Sun.
 

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I've read in a couple of places that Bi-O-Kleen leaves a residue on your clothes as it has grapeseed extract, which makes them fine for any other types of clothes but not cloth diapers. I've got Bi-O-Kleen for my regular clothes now but I'm planning on switching to Country Save for CD as soon as dd is born.<br><br>
I've heard good things about Sun too.
 

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Wow, most of your routines are so simple. I can't get away with a routine that simple, but dd has the most horrendous poops and you can't really rinse it all out (and dh only partially rinses it). Her poops have been worse lately and we've taken to washing twice just to get the stink out. Our routine is quite complex:<br><br>
Cold rinse<br>
Hot wash w/Charlies, 1 tbsp. bleach, 1/2 cap Calgon (repeat if still stinky)<br>
2 Additional short Hot washes to make sure they are fully rinsed.<br><br>
I used to be able to get away with a simple cold rinse/one hot wash with just Charlies, but that was when dd's poops were more solid.
 

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thanks for all the responses <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Just FYI, I was going to get Charlies but it was easier to pick up some Planet at my regular grocery store, and pretty cheap, too-- and I've been using it on all our laundry and no problems with rashes etc. Just if you ever need to try a 100% non-additive one. I don't know if I'll even bother trying Charlies now, b/c of of stories/warnings like yours <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I use Charlie's but I am thinking about a switch to biokleen. I like the dawn combo! Do you ever have to strip? We use hemp and even with Charlies I have to strip w/ dawn about once a month to get out the stink. Just curious why you are switching to powder? My dh hates powder detergent (because he tends to overload the laundry and then it doesn't totally dissolve), so I always use liquid, but I have been curious about powder.</div>
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Dawn is pretty good for stripping (if I recall correctly) so I don't need to do any extra work. I also use prefolds, so it's not really an issue like it is with other diapers. If you switch, you might try some loads without the Dawn first just to see how the Biokleen works for you without adding anything.<br><br>
I'm only switching to powder because it's cheaper at my grocery load per load and also, we have a lot of outerwear that calls for powder so it's easier (and cheaper) to buy powder only and not both.<br><br>
Does your husband put the clothes in before the powder? You might suggest he start the water, add the powder and then the clothes after the washer fills up some. Maybe that would help? And of course, stress that he doesn't put too much in at once! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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We use either Planet, Trader Joes store brand, or Seventh Generation F&C, depending on sales.<br><br>
Our wash routine is:<br>
cold rinse<br>
hot wash/cold rinse cycle<br>
warm or hot rinse or two depending on my mood at the time<br><br>
We have hard water, the warm or hot rinses are a must, and we can't skimp on the detergent.
 
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