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Where did Diaper Junction's diaper detergent go?

Posted by Bryana on 1/14/2016 to Washing Cloth Diapers

Are you wondering where all the detergents went?

cloth diaper detergentsHere 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



Elizabeth Parker
Date: 1/14/2016
We're new to cloth, and haven't started prepping yet because our little one isn't due for a few more months. What are your views on Purex? We use it for our regular clothes, and have seen a few blogs say that it is ok, just not the best, like Tide, (which an allergy to runs in my family, so I have not chanced it). 😕
Bryana Guckin
Date: 1/14/2016
Purex is actually my #3 favorite after Tide and Gain. I think it works pretty well. hope this helps!
Date: 1/15/2016
How good is SA8 Legacy of Clean with bio quest concentrated powder for cloth diapers? I saw it rated online as ok but not as good as tide. We have a big box of it and I would love it if we can use it on diapers.
Date: 1/15/2016
Dana, Unfortunately I am not familiar with that detergent. Hopefully someone else will chime in and give us some feedback.
Elizabeth Parker
Date: 1/15/2016
Bryana, thank you so much for your response. I didn't want to risk damaging anything when we started prepping soon by using a bad detergent, but without ordering one online, most of the "suggested cloth detergents" from most blogs and shops are hard to come by. 😕
Date: 1/20/2016
Hello baby isn't due for a few more months but I'm happy to say due to your unbelievable prices my Cloth Diaper stash is almost complete. I wanted to use Orginal Tide Liquid but some people say use Orginal Tide Powder to avoid build up.. which one is better I have a top loader.
Allison Schwartz
Date: 10/14/2016
Does the Tide or Gain need to be the powder kind or can be the liquid kind just as long as it matches the washer type (HE, etc.)?
Amber Goode
Date: 12/26/2016
Allison I find the powder works the best!! Especially if you have harder water!!! Thank you diaper junction for letting people know that mainstream detergents work so well ???
Date: 9/7/2017
Late in seeing this but I always wondered why you stopped selling Country was so convenient.

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