Here at Pinstripes and Polkadots we pride ourselves on being your best resource and premier store for cloth diapering and laundry care. I know how important and overwhelming it can be to choose the right diaper and detergent for your needs and that’s why we created and maintain this online resource for you so you get the same level of service I provide my customers in my local store.
You have made the choice. You have collected your diapers and now you are beginning your cloth diapering journey. You deserve to have success while cloth diapering your baby. Choosing a detergent suitable for cloth diapers can often avoid unnecessary problems including diaper odor and leakage.
What to look for in a Detergent?
At best, a detergent to be used on your baby's diapers would NOT contain enzymes, dyes, perfumes, optical brighteners or any other component designed to be left on your diapers after washing.
Specialty detergents with fabric softeners or wrinkle guards will not be suitable; however, a detergent with non-chlorine bleach or oxygen bleaching capabilities may be fine. And just to be clear, soaps are not detergents, and soaps are generally not recommended for cloth diapering.
Top Detergent Picks
The evaluation included in the above chart is made with the current (June 2010) knowledge available in regards to detergents and cloth diapering. Detergent makers are free to change their formulations without notifying the public. Realize that washing conditions, diaper collections, and personal sensitivities vary. Use this chart as an aid to find the detergent that will work best with your own conditions.
- Powdered Detergents are best dissolved completely before adding to washing machine.
- HE compatible generally refers to a low sudsing detergent. A detergent rated HEhas been certified for use in a High Efficiency washing machine.
- Detergents are now highly concentrated. It is important to accurately measure your detergent amount and not just "eye-ball" it.
Complete Detergent Chart for Traditional Washing Machines: http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm
Complete Detergent Chart for HE Washing Machines: http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/hedetergentchoices.htm