Anytime a reader posts a question about ammonia someone recommends Eco Sprout detergent. After jumping on the bandwagon of other highly raved about items and being disappointed I decided to sit this one out.
But, money does in fact burn a hole in your pocket (you knew that right?). I had some affiliate money with Diaper Junction so I splurged.
I have now been using Eco Sprout detergent for 3 weeks…here are my thoughts.
- Not very fragrant at all. My previous experiences with natural, handmade detergents have always been ultra aromatic. I remember wanting to stick my head in Clean B and never leave!
- The formula is clumpy. I realize this is a learning curve issue. When Rockin Green was in it’s early stages Kim stated this was a problem that they would soon correct (which they did). I don’t think it affects the washing ability–I’m assuming it breaks up well in the machine–but I like a nice fluffy powder.
When I used a small amount to treat a stain on the carpet I was bummed that the tiny granules didn’t fully dissolve. This could be the case with most powder detergents but worth mentioning.
- I followed suggestions and soaked
all my diapersa lot of my diapers in the bath tub. It is recommended to soak your diapers in order to break down any buildup that is present.
- Recommended portion size is 2T. My diapers came out smelling like pee when I followed this. I have upped it to at least 4T and the diapers smell neutral now.
- If you purchase from Diaper Junction prices are $13.95 for 48oz and $7.95 for 24oz. The per ounce price is $0.29. Compare this to bumGenius! detergent ($0.19/oz) or Country Save ($0.11/oz) or Crunchy Clean ($0.13/oz) and you aren’t going the cheapest route.
- For normal cloth diaper maintenance I wouldn’t recommend Eco Sprout as my top choice. I realize that many users have tremendous success using Eco Sprout to rid their diapers of ammonia. I get the normally occurring ammonia from long standing urine soaked diapers, however I am not currently experiencing an “ammonia problem”.
- My disappointment in the fragrance coupled with the non-exceptional savings means I most likely won’t be a return customer.
Side note about Country Save detergent:
When I began using Country Save I received a couple of warnings from readers that it can cause greying of my cloth diapers. I am so disappointed that this has happened! The worst are my Rumparooz.
After soaking the diapers in Eco Sprout I drained the tub and soaked them again in Crunchy Clean’s Pure Oxygen. I noticed a marked improvement.
I don’t know what causes the greying. Yes, I do have hard water but I also have a water softener.
When it comes to detergents it’s really about finding what works best for your circumstances (water type, diaper styles, budget). These are simply my thoughts and they may or may not match up with your experience.
Lately, I’ve been really craving that heavily perfumed super clean smell of Tide…