Detergent help for cloth diapering US brands

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  1. S_a_m_m_y

    S_a_m_m_y It's a BOY!!

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    As the title states I am looking for major help from people who are experienced with CD detergents. I dont really want to buy over internet but want to know which brands are best for cloth diapering that I could find at my local store.

    Liquid detergents or powder??
     
  2. CouldThisBeIt

    CouldThisBeIt Mum of 1 and 1 on the way

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    I used to use Arm and Hammer, but the really plain one. I'd occasionally add some Mule Team borax, if we had a bit of a niff. I tended to avoid the scented powders like Tide and Surf.
     
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    S_a_m_m_y It's a BOY!!

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    is powder preferred over liquid detergents?
     
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    CouldThisBeIt Mum of 1 and 1 on the way

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    Apparently it's better for the cloth and for the machine, but I used liquid. I had a top loader, I don't know if that make any difference.
     
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    silver_penny triandem nursing 3 and pg

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    I use the Tide Free and Pure on my diapers, with Oxiclean. Works pretty well
     
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    Kaites Well-Known Member

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    I've used a bunch of different ones, but have been using Tide Original powder for ages without any problems. I'll occasionally add a scoop of oxyclean or a scoop of washing soda to make sure they're really clean but other than that, I haven't needed to strip wash since switching to tide.
     
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    S_a_m_m_y It's a BOY!!

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    Thanks, Does anyone make their own detergent? would be open to some recipes
     
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    Kaites Well-Known Member

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    I tried a wahm detergent that was basically oxyclean, washing soda and borax- problem is that there aren't any surfactants (soaps) in that so the diapers don't really get clean (need the surfactants to lift the "dirt" off the diapers and the other stuff mainly just helps rinse soaps away better). The other homemade recipes usually have a bar of grated soap in them but then you have the problem of the soap leaving a residue, making the diapers less absorbant. I tried combining the wahm stuff with soap nuts and that was semi-successful. I've heard of people doing the oxyclean/washing soda/borax recipe with a squirt of dishwashing soap but haven't bothered trying it myself- at this point, Tide is working and for the small amount I use in a load, it's not costing enough for me to change. hth :)
     
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    CouldThisBeIt Mum of 1 and 1 on the way

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    I've heard really good things of Allen's, but never got to try it.
     
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    S_a_m_m_y It's a BOY!!

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    fluffy mail coming today in the post....so excited...lol
     

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