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Washing Cloth Diapers – Detergent List

 …another great guide from our friends at Bummis!

This list was put together based on feedback from our customers and suppliers. We are not detergent experts, and this list is by no means definitive- it is meant as a resource only. Since ingredient lists for detergents are not always readily available, we erred on the side of caution and have not recommended detergents with unknown ingredients.

Many factors can lead to a detergent giving you a residue problem –differences in water quality, washing machines and the ratio of water to detergent. Some detergents with additives can cause problems for one family, but pose no issues for the next. Because of this, your safest bet is to stick with a detergent that is zero-residue. That said, keep in mind, that most detergents when used in moderation will not cause a residue problem.

Whichever detergent you choose to use, make sure to use a reasonable quantity. If using a zero-residue detergent, stick to the lower end of the amount recommended on the package. If you are using anything other than a zero-residue detergent, use about 1/2 of what the manufacturer recommends in a top loading washing machine, and reduce to ¼ for a front loader or HE machine. This will give you enough detergent to clean properly but not enough to create a residue. Make sure your diapers are being rinsed well in plenty of water. Check out our washing guide for more information.

PRODUCT

RECOMMENDED

WHY NOT / USEFUL INFO

Ace Powder

NO

Enzymes

AJAX All-Purpose powder

NO

Brighteners

All Free and Clear

NO

Anti-allergens/brighteners

All Baby

NO

Brighteners

All w/stain lifters

NO

Full of extra ingredients

Allen’s Naturally liquid/powder

YES

Arm & Hammer liquid laundry detergent essentials

MAYBE

There are natural oils. Should be fine if used in moderation.

Arm & Hammer Fabric Care

NO

Full of extra ingredients.

Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Perfume Free and Dye Free

NO

Brighteners

Bi-O-Kleen All Temperature liquid/powder

MAYBE

Reports of repellency issues with pocket diapers – perhaps caused by natural extracts or degreasers.

Bi-O-Kleen laundry liquid

MAYBE

Reports of repellency issues with pocket diapers – perhaps caused by natural extracts or degreasers.

Bi-O-Kleen Premium Plus All Temperature Powder

NO

Enzymes

Biovert Detergent

NO

Some reports of residue

Biovert Stain Remover

YES

Low additive oxygen bleach

Cheer/Cheer Free

NO

Enzymes and brighteners

Charlie’s Soap

YES

The liquid leaves zero residue and is cost effective. The powder has not been tested.

Claudia’s Choices

YES

Zero residue

Country Save Liquid

MAYBE

Has not been tested for use with diapers

Country Save Powder

YES

Certified non residue by manufacturer

 

Dreft

NO

Enzymes and brighteners

Earth Friendly Products Baby Hypoallergenic

NO

Soy Softener

Ecos Free & Clear

MAYBE

Some reports of residue in hard water conditions

Ecos w/ soy softner

NO

Fabric softener

Ecover

NO

Some reports of residue

Envirorite

NO

Complete ingredient list unavailable

Era

NO

Enzymes

Fab

NO

Complete ingredient list unavailable.

Fresh Start

NO

Complete ingredient list unavailable.

Gain w/bleach

NO

Enzymes

Ivory Snow liquid/powder

NO

Enzymes

Jewel Ultra Original

NO

Enzymes

Hydrox

YES

Safe bleach alternative if used in moderation

Kirklands Signature

NO

Brighteners

Lemieux

NO

Oily softener could leave residue

Method

NO

Enzymes, brighteners

Mountain Green Ultra, Skin Sensitive, Baby

MAYBE

Recommended by many users but does contain natural oils

Mountain Green Baby Free & Clear

YES

Mrs. Meyer’s

NO

Enzymes

Nature Clean

YES

Powder and liquid are OK

Oxyboost

YES

Oxygenated bleach with no other additives

Oxi-clean

NO

Complete ingredient list unavailable

Oxi-Prime powder

MAYBE

Has oxygenated bleach in formula

Planet Delicate Laundry Wash, Hypo-allergenic

MAYBE

Recommended by many but no evidence as to zero residue

Planet Ultra, Powdered Hypo-allergenic

MAYBE

Recommended by many but no evidence as to zero residue

Purex, Purex Free & Clear, Purex Baby

NO

Brighteners

Sears Ultra Concentrated, powder

NO

Enzymes

Sensi-Clean (Sportwash)

YES

Confirmed zero residue by the manufacturer

7th Generation liquid, Baby

NO

Enzymes

7th Generation powder

NO

Enzymes

7th Generation Free & Clear

NO

Enzymes.

7th Generation Delicate Care

YES

Shaklee liquid

NO

Enzymes

Soap Nuts

NO

Not enough information available

Sun, Sun Free

NO

Brighteners, enzymes

Target Baby, powder

NO

Enzymes

Tide, Tide Free(Tide Nature), Tide Powder

NO

Brighteners, enzymes

Trader Joe’s Cleanliness Next to Godliness

NO

Brighteners, soy

Wisk, Wisk Free Clear

NO

Brighteners

Wonder Wash

YES

XTRA

NO

Brighteners