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What Detergents to Use With Cloth Diapers

Detergents are another place where experimentation and personal preference will play a key role in your usage.

The easiest route is just to use the recommended amount listed on the soap's packaging. However, you’ll need to check the ingredients to make sure there are no harmful or irritating additives!

What to avoid:

       Pure Soaps


      Protease Enzymes

      Artificial Brighteners



      Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)


      Chlorine Bleach

      Fabric Softeners/Sheets (also present in most baby detergents)

Even if you don’t find anything, there may still be something that will irritate your baby, so keep a close eye out for anything unusual each time you try out a new detergent for your diapers.

Your type of detergent and routine used can greatly affect the life of cloth diapers and covers. In fact, the chemicals found in standard detergents can actually ‘un-glue’ the lamination from your waterproof products.

Please note the use of harsh detergents and/or additives can void the warranty on your diapers.

Still not sure what to use? You can find a detergent rating chart athttp://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-chart.html ,http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/Articles.asp?ID=262 , to help you find a cloth diaper safe detergent. These sites will also explain why to avoid certain ingredients.