What is the best (yet good on the wallet) laundry detergent to use on cloth diapers?
In the 6 years (eep!) I have been cloth diapering the same questions are still being asked over and over.
Arguably, the top question is what detergent is best for cloth diapers.
There are as many answers as there are choices. Choices are convenient when you are having issues.
Over the years I have used Crunchy Clean, Soap Nuts, Mrs. Meyers, Clean B, Rockin Green Hard Rock, Tide, TruGreen Laundry Washing ball, Kirkland’s Environmentally friendly, Mountain Green, Seventh Generation and Country Save. (I know I’ve forgotten a couple)
You can read about my experiences with many of these by using the search box.
When I lived in north Texas using a top loader and soft city water, Mrs. Meyers (contains enzymes) was my favorite. For some reason I never had problems while cloth diapering Paisley and using a scented, enzyme detergent. I did have the luxury of implementing vinegar soaks which will break down the buildup that was occurring.
Other detergents I used in the above environment were Crunchy Clean, Soap Nuts and Tide. I didn’t like Soap Nuts. at. all. I think I was not intelligent enough to figure out how to keep the dern things in the bag! That was 5 years ago. I might be smarter now if I tried them again.
After moving to south central Texas I switched to Kirkland’s Environmentally Friendly. I loved it. I stopped using it when I began having horrendous ammonia problems–Sterling was a toddler and we bought a Samsung Steam HE washer.
This is really where I began experimenting with different detergents.
The only one I can scream, “Don’t buy it!” is the TruGreen Laundry Ball. I’m pretty sure I would be the only one gullible enough to watch their sales pitch video and fall for it. But, just in case, you have now been warned.
Clean B has the most amazing scents. I’d still recommend it but no longer use it myself for reasons having nothing to do with it’s performance.
Rockin Green is a detergent I often recommend to families. Kim is such a wonderful troubleshooter and she truly wants to develop the best formulas available. Funk Rock temporarily removed the ammonia problem we were having last year.
Seventh Generation was only used when I ran out of my cloth diaper detergents.
Mountain Green is sitting in my washing machine pedestal…I’m enjoying my current detergent too much to give it a thorough test run.
For the last few months I have been using THE MOST RECOMMENDED detergent — it seems :) — Country Save. Some people call me stubborn. I certainly was being stubborn by not trying Country Save sooner.
I’m not saying Country Save is the greatest detergent. It cleans very well which is a good thing for a detergent. Camden hasn’t hit that stage where he starts producing more concentrated urine so I can’t comment on whether Country Save will ward off ammonia problems. I pray it does!
We moved a couple of weeks ago and we have a water softener for our extremely hard well water. The water softener makes the water super soft.
Since we have only lived her 2+ weeks I am experimenting with how much Country Save to add to the load.
Country Save better work because I just bought a truck load of it off Amazon using their Subscribe & Save program. Basically, you sign up to receive a new shipment automatically ever “x” weeks or months. You save 15% and you can cancel the subscription any time after receiving your first order.
I’m still consistently using Bac-out in the prewash. I’ve been doing this for years and it has become such a part of my routine I panic when I run low.
My experiences are helpful but honestly my go to place for detergent recommendations is Pinstripes and Polkadots. Sarah Gesiakowski is the detergent queen!
I’d love to hear what you’re currently using!
Here’s a helpful post with links to several posts. How to Wash Cloth Diapers.