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what detergent do you use?

Postby sunnib » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:22 am

A few questions... what are you using on your cloth right now, if you have used anything else on them in the past what was it and why did you switch? When I was researching cloth everyone made normal detergent sound like the kryptonite of cloth but recently I have read about a lot of people using it, not just the "free and clear" but like Tide original.

After stripping our cloth and using a few then washing my son has blisters again so I called my local diaper shop and they said it was probably the detergent, even if it was fine before he could have developed a sensitivity or something in his urine could be reacting differently. They recommended Charlies but since they have a contract with Charlies I wanted some unbiased opinions before making the switch. I am also hesitant on Charlies because I don’t want to use it on our clothes and I was told that would become an issue.
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Postby stefanielynn » Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:42 am

I just use All Free and Clear, the same thing we have always used. I haven't had a problem. I was using Arm an Hammer essentials since it's a more recommended CD detergent, but I haven't been able to find it since we moved here (DD was 3 weeks old). So I just went ahead and tried the All to see if it would work, and it's been fine for the last 4 months.
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Postby ivycrystals » Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:08 pm

I have found that what worked for my EBF baby just didn't cut it for a toddler. Right now I use soap nuts. I've found that they last longer than other detergents and don't cause build up. I've tried the following: Country Save, Original Tide, Tide F&C, BioKleen F&C, Crunchy Clean, Rockin Green, and even just plain Dawn dish soap. I've had the most success with the soap nuts.
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Postby Sesb » Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:28 pm

I use Charlie's Soap...I really like it! No rash, no buildup at all, and gets everything really clean. I don't use it on my or DH's clothes (or either of my girls, ages 3 & 1), but I washed DS's (due in Oct) clothes in it.
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Postby sunnib » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:40 am

Thanks ladies! I have some All Free and Clear samples already so I think I will try that first then go down the list if that doesnt work for us. :)
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Postby flygirl44 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:13 pm

We use soap nuts as well. Yoreganics Soap Nuts. LOVE them! They get everything nice and clean, all natural and organic, and a great price per load. :)
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Postby Emmo » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:14 am

Also, Sunni- (since we live in the same town), we have really hard water here in OKC, which I've heard can contribute to the problem. I don't really have much advice, though, since I haven't started CDing yet. But it's something else to consider. Some people recommend adding a water softener like Calgon to the wash...?
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Postby NotBarbaraBush » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:35 am

I started off with Planet and liked it okay. I switched to Charlie's Soap b/c I like how I only had to use 1 TBSP per load instead of 1/4 cup. My diapers smell fresher and seem to be a tad cleaner with Charlie's. I liked it so much that I now use Charlie's on all our clothes.

I have very soft water.
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Postby Nikkeh » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:13 pm

Charlies or Econuts' new soap nuts liquid. I really like them both. I had stink issues with RnG
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Postby sarahmarie » Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:14 am

We use Charlies, for all of our diapers and clothes. I have used Rockin Green and Allen's in the past and got the stinkies / amonia smell with both of them.
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Postby Katora » Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:54 pm

I use Rockin Green and love it, but it's expensive. Going to try Country Save when I run out. I also use Bac-Out (I just put a bit in the bleach dispenser of my FL). Without the Bac-Out, we get stinkies after a few washes, it is an awesome odor remover.

Just wanted to say, be careful with ALL, it works great for awhile, but causes buildup over time. I think around the 6 month mark, my diapers got super funky and just could not get the stink out because of all the soap residue buildup, and I did a lot of extra rinsing and everything. I switched to RG after that, and after several soaks in it, got the funk out. A lot of people swear by original blue dawn (not the super concentrate stuff) for stripping and everyday washing, but I didn't have much luck with it personally. It left my diapers feeling a bit rough and they just didn't really smell clean to me.
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Postby ttcintx » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:23 am

I use regular Tide if I can find it on sale or have a coupon. Otherwise I use whatever brand is cheapest at Walmart. I think I must be lucky and have great well water - I have been CDing for almost 4 years and never had a rash or stink problem.
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Postby prdmommyof2 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:59 am

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Postby stefanielynn » Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:20 pm

Sigh, I must second the All. All of a sudden, baby girl is getting rashes from her pockets (cotton prefolds don't seem to be bothering her at all). I actually bothered to check the rinse cycle for bubbles and I am, no joke, 5 full washes in (without detergent) and am STILL getting bubbles. Apparently All is not very good in hard water. I'm going to go back to Arm and Hammer Essentials tomorrow and hope that does better. This is absolutely miserable. I'm going to put her in Flip disposables/Thirsties wraps tonight while I keep trying to get the bubbles out. I'm trying to do it without having to get RNG or anything because we don't have a CD store nearby and I would have to wait for shipment...I am NOT using sposies while I wait if I can help it!
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Postby aimsy » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:29 am

Just a warning, some kids get bad rashes from Charlie's. My firstborn had a really, really bad reaction, and she is not usually sensitive to stuff. She has never has issues with any other soaps, etc. Maybe it depends on the water? We have hard water.
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