Cloth Diaper Safe Fabric Softener? Why yes… there is!

My inserts were crunchy! The fitteds were standing on their own! Oh, and the wipes?? Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to use them too much on a runny nose.

And then I found out that it’s OK to use certain kinds of fabric softeners on my cloth diapers. Autumn at All About Cloth Diapers said so!!!

Really though, my cloth desperately needed some softening up. I already have a bunch of wool dryer balls in my dryer to help with that. They are great to stop static in clothes as well. They are also supposed to reduce the amount of time everything takes to dry. But I think you need the heavier,  bigger wool balls and at least 8-12 them to accomplish that.

I am pretty sure that I heard about Mrs. Meyers Fabric Softener on one of the cloth diaper chat boards I am in. Someone mentioned how heavenly the Lavender smelled.

While I know that many of you are scent free either for medical or personal reasons; that’s just not how I roll! I am a bit of a pretty smell junky. And this stuff really does smell amazing. It reminds me of what a visit to a spa might smell like. I can almost hear a gentle brook running and I feel so relaxed. Listen, we are moms, so we need to imagine a little tranquility once in a while, right?

If the Lavender isn’t your thing there are six other scents: Basil, Lemon Verbena, Geranium, Sunflower, Rosemary and Bluebell. Unfortunately, there is no unscented version currently available.

Once I found Mrs. Meyers Fabric softener, I stopped using my usual Downy on my regular cloths too. I came to realize how many bad chemicals most commercially available fabric softeners contain. While everything is made of chemicals, it’s nice to be able to cut back where you can.

Mrs. Meyers actually puts their ingredients into chart form and explains what each does. I love this idea! Here is the chart from their website:

deionized/demineralized water that has passed through filters to remove minerals holds all ingredients together in solution
Dihydrogenated Palmoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate
biodegradable esterquat from palm oil softens fabrics
Isopropyl Alcohol
rubbing alcohol denatures alcohol for safety
mixture of natural, high-quality essential oils and safe synthetic fragrance ingredients smells great and provides an aromatherapeutic experience
Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Extract
natural cotton extract helps soften fabrics
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) oil
natural essential oil provides fragrance
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel oil
natural essential oil provides fragrance and cleaning efficacy
Glycerin (Laundry)
corn-derived solublizer for enzymes provides shelf life stability for enzymes
Calcium Chloride
natural mineral salt adjusts product thickness and flow
Polysorbate 20
Emulsifier that make oils compatible with water ensures even dispersion and stability of fragrance
PEG-5 Cocoate
plant based emulsifier that makes oils compatible with water ensures even dispersion and stability of fragrance
non-formaldehyde preservative safe and effective product preservative, < 1% of total volume to ensure shelf life safety
non-formaldehyde, preservative safe and effective product preservative, < 1% of total volume to ensure shelf life safety

How do you use it? Well, I don’t use it every load and I wouldn’t recommend that you do either. Also, while I’ve never had an issue personally, some have mentioned not to use it on microfiber inserts. When I have stiff inserts out of the dryer I know the next wash will include Mrs. Meyers. Just follow your normal wash routine and add a half cap full (1 oz) to your final rinse cycle. Then ENJOY!

I have been using either Ecover or Mrs. Meyers Fabric Softener for over a year now and have had no problems.   I would say follow due diligence and do your own research to determine if using these fabric softeners on your cloth diapers is the right decision for you.

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About Jennifer Reinhardt

Jenn is a WAHM to two beautiful little girls. Sophia (4.5 years old) and Norah (4 months). She closed her business, Curves, when she found out she was pregnant so she could stay home with her first daughter. Now Jenn spends her time spreading the love of fluff and sharing common sense answers that help to make cloth diapers easy for everyone.

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7 Responses to “Cloth Diaper Safe Fabric Softener? Why yes… there is!”

  1. Allie Says:

    Do you know if Melaluca fabric softener is ok to use? Supposedly their products are natural and safe, but I’m not sure what I should be looking for in the ingredients that I would want to stay away from.


    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      I don’t have any scientific evidence to back any of this up. The only ‘safe’ fabric softeners that I have heard of people using with success is ecover and mrs. Meyers. I think it was discovered by trial and error that those two worked. Perhaps you can email them to see what they say. Thanks! !Jenn


  2. Valerie Says:

    Do you know anything about method brand fabric softener? We have the same issue with our pre folds being very crunchy after line drying, even with a quick dryer fluff. My husband started putting the method brand fabric softener in when he washed them, and I yelled at him because I thought you weren’t supposed to use fabric softener at all. Do you think it would be ok to continue using?


    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Good question Valerie! After I read the ingredients, I wasn’t really sure. SO I sent them and email. If they get back to me I will let you know! ~Jenn


    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Valerie, they responded to my email. Here it is: Our laundry detergent is safe for cloth diapers but I wouldn’t recommend using the fabric softener. Hope that helps. If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email me directly anytime.

      Hope that helps! ~Jenn


  3. Jamie richards Says:

    Wow I’m going to have to try that. I like to line dry but when I do the pre folds come out like cardboard. I fluff in the dryer but that only helps some. I hat putting the scratchy pre folds on the babie


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