I recently brought up OxiClean on the All About Cloth Diapers Facebook page. And oh boy, did we get a big response. I wanted to know how people felt about using it. Is it a big no no? Or do many moms secretly get their cloth diapers squeaky clean by using it?
There was an overwhelming response in favor of using what works. And for many, OxyClean is where it is at!
I recently had a struggle with my wash routine. I have an old school top loader and semi-hard water. Brace yourself ….I use TIDE.
I had no problems at all up until Tide switched their formula. You know the one that now includes the little blue flecks. After that, things started to go awry. Everything seemed clean. I didn’t have any stink problems or leaks. There was, however, one major problem. My daughter’s bottom seemed to be red all the time.
At first I thought it might be an ammonia problem. It wasn’t. I thought maybe the detergent wasn’t rinsing out. I did what seemed like a million rinses. Still red. I tried Calgon. Didn’t help.
Next, I soaked all my diapers in bleach. Guess what? No redness!!
There was some bad news about the bleach. I had faded 2 or 3 of my favorite WAHM diapers. It was a sad day. I didn’t really want to use bleach on my daughters diapers and I REALLY didn’t want to fade any more of them! I had to find something *like* bleach, but not bleach.
Then I tried OxyClean. It was the solution to all my problems. Do I think it is ok to use it? Yes, I do. May it shorten the life of my cloth diapers ever so slightly? Maybe…but my newly clean cloth diapers and my daughter’s clear bottom was way more important.
There are also a few other greener OxyClean alternatives on the market. One of Autumn’s favorites that she uses occasionally in her own wash routine is Grab Green Bleach Alternative.
Here is how I now wash my diapers:
-I usually wash cloth diapers the night of the third day. (I used to do it the morning of the forth day, but I think that was just too long to go).
-Hot wash; Tide to the 2 line, OxyClean to the 2 line
-Additional Hot rinse
-Sometimes I still have bubbles so I will do another cold rinse. Usually it’s all clear after the 2nd rinse.
Just in case you are wondering, I line dry my shells and dry the inserts and wipes in the dryer. I have been including the OxyClean for about 2 months now and it seems to be working.
As we all know, things can change at the drop of a hat with a wash routine. What works for one, may not work for another. If you are having problems with your cloth diapers and you can’t seem to figure it out. Reach out!!!
There are many reputable sites that you can consult…like allaboutclothdiapers.com! ;)
Just don’t give up!