Re: Is cloth diaper detergent necessary?
It really depends on what diaper fabrics you're using as some are more prone to getting buildup than others. We use pul covers or suedecloth pockets with cotton, bamboo and hemp for soakers and wipes. We use Purex free and clear with zout and haven't had any problem in a full year except when I accidentally bought their plain ole triple action formula without the zout. I use the same detergent on dh's grubby work uniforms, diapers, and all other household laundry.
FYI: Some detergents don't list that they have added softeners in them which can cause buildup/repelling problems.