Are you wondering where all the detergents went?Here at Diaper Junction we recently decided to stop stocking most cloth diaper detergents and you might be wondering why? There are several factors that went in to our decision to cut back on the amount of detergents we stock.
Years ago when modern cloth diaper brands began appearing on the market and our family began cloth diapering, cloth diaper specific detergents did not exist. Cloth diapering families like ours simply used detergents we found in local grocery stores. While the times have changed and several cloth diaper safe or cloth-friendly specialty detergents are available for use, mainstream store bought detergents, for the most part, can be used to wash your cloth diapers successfully. You don't need a fancy or specialty detergent, but you do need to avoid mainstream detergents that contain fabric softeners.
Additionally, cloth diaper manufacturers have recently begun lifting restrictions on mainstream detergents where previously certain detergents would void cloth diaper warranties. Because of these developments we are able to more confidently recommend mainstream detergents.
Which mainstream detergents do we prefer?We recommend Tide or Gain which you can find at all local grocers and drugstores. We do not recommend ANY All brand detergents or Ecos. We don't feel that All or Ecos brands provide the washing power necessary for cleaning your cloth diapers effectively.
TIP: In order to wash cloth diapers successfully with any detergent it is important that you buy the correct detergent for your washer type, either HE or Conventional. It is also vital that you make sure you're using the proper amount of detergent. Too little or too much can result in odor and/or ammonia issues. For recommended detergent amounts please see our recommended detergent amount chart located in this blog post "Are you using enough detergent?"
Most importantly we'd like to stress that cloth diaper washing does not have to be complicated. Start simple, use your mainstream detergent, avoid fabric softeners, and if your wash routine isn't giving you any issues then there's no need to tweak it!
For more information on cloth diaper washing we recommend the following Diaper Junction articles.
Top 10 Basics for Washing Cloth Diapers
5 Reasons to Wash Your Cloth Diapers Every Other Day
Everything You Need to Know About the Initial Prep of Cloth Diapers