I’m Not Afraid to say I use Tide and OxiClean was one of the first cloth diaper washing posts I wrote. I can’t even remember where I had first heard about using OxiClean on cloth diapers. But I do remember quite clearly why I started doing it. I had been struggling with an angry red rash on Sophia that…would…not…go…away! It was either from ammonia buildup or just plain not getting clean in the wash. Either way, it had to STOP!
I had tried doing a bleach soak because I had read that would clear our problems right up. I properly diluted the bleach and only soaked for about 45 minutes. Two things happened. First, Sophia got one wearing out of the diapers and right after the next wash cycle her butt was back to red. The other thing that happened was that I had faded 3 of my favorite WAHM cloth diapers…waah.
While I know that bleach works for some people, I clearly wasn’t one of them. It was obvious I needed to find a solution and fast!
I started adding OxiClean to every wash and I haven’t looked back! My wash routine stayed exactly the same: warm pre-rinse, longest cycle HOT wash with detergent PLUS OxiClean to the two line, cold rinse and one additional HOT rinse. If you are curious, you can check here and get the full details of my wash routine.
That was over a year ago. We thankfully haven’t had any redness or rashes since. Also, I haven’t had to strip. I haven’t really noticed any additional wear that the OxiClean might have caused. All the elastics are still going strong and there is just the normal wearing you’d expect on a cloth diaper after over 1.5-2 years of use.
Unscientific Finding Number One…
Even if you are a Tide user…or any other detergent for that matter…if you are having issues with your cloth diapers not getting clean in the wash (ex. stink, rashes or ammonia burns) try adding OxiClean to the wash cycle and see if it helps.
I prefer to use the OxiClean Free and Versatile but I was running low and the regular one was on sale. I figured what the heck…and grabbed the industrial sized regular version. I got most of the way through the container and finally reached…
Unscientific Finding Number Two…
I concluded that the Free and Versatile version of OxiClean seemed to rinse out WAAAY easier than the regular version. Once I started using my sale box of the regular stuff I often found myself added one or even two addition rinses to my regular routine (which already included one extra rinse). And I’m not talking about doing it because I saw a few little bubbles in there. I’m talking about you could open up the lid on my top loader and hear the soapy bubbles popping and still covering the whole surface of the water. I switched back and now I can just do the one extra rinse and we are all good.
Recently, now that I had been lulled into an easy wash routine slumber, I decided that maybe I would try something a little greener in place of the OxiClean. After all, isn’t the grass always green…er on the other side, lol.
I am a big lover of Buncha Farmers Stain Sticks. I have amassed a pretty large stockpile of them and I use it not only on cloth diapers but also my regular clothes. I have the Bunch Farmers melted into a spray solution and I also keep an old tooth brush near the sticks to rub directly on stains when necessary. For me, rubbing some Buncha Farmers onto a stain and scrubbing a little with the tooth brush has so far removed every cloth diaper stain we’ve had and almost every stain on our clothing.
I thought maybe I would just slice up part of a stick into the hot wash cycle in place of the OxiClean and I would be good to go. As much as I love Buncha Farmers, it didn’t perform the same in this instance. Leading me to…
Unscientific Finding Number Three…
Adding Buncha Farmers, even though it is seriously amazing, did not rock my wash the same or anywhere nearly as good as adding OxiClean did.
There you have it! I have unscientifically proved that my hard water and old school top loader work best with Tide and OxiClean Free and Versatile. It works for me, but that is no guarantee that it will work for you.
What have you tried to change in your wash routine when things aren’t getting clean?