View Poll Results: What type of detergent on cloth diapers and why?
All Free and Clear 9 10.59%
Purex Free and Clear 19 22.35%
Charlie's Soap 7 8.24%
Planet 2 2.35%
Allen's Naturally 7 8.24%
Sun Free 3 3.53%
Arm and hammer 10 11.76%
Country Save 4 4.71%
Mountain Green 2 2.35%
Other 22 25.88%
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Old 06-21-2007, 03:55 PM   #11
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So, question on Charlie's. I read that it doesn't actually disinfect. Do you have to bleach every so often (or do you want to since it doesn't disinfect?) or does it just work fine anyways. Also, what type of dipes do you use it on, since maybe it makes a difference! Thanks!

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I chose other. I use dawn dishwashign soap.
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Old 06-21-2007, 03:57 PM   #13
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I really like the Arm & Hammer Essentials. I know there are others on here that said they didn't like the way it smells but I do. I use baking soda, borax and essential oils in my diaper pail and all of it goes into a cold wash (soaks for about 1 hour) then I do a hot wash with the Arm & Hammer and my dipes have always come out clean (absolutely no stains) and smelling good. Yes I smell them. I wouldn't want to wear stinky dipes.
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We use All F&C and buy it at WalMart
as for why, decent price IMO and we use F&C on everything
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So, question on Charlie's. I read that it doesn't actually disinfect. Do you have to bleach every so often (or do you want to since it doesn't disinfect?) or does it just work fine anyways. Also, what type of dipes do you use it on, since maybe it makes a difference! Thanks!
i dont use bleach. my wash routine is:
turn hot water heat up ALL the way.
COLD cycle to rinse out pee and poop add nothing
HOT cycle(i actually cant put my hand in the water at all, not even my fingertips for half a second its THAT hot!) with 1tbsp Charlies, maybe 1.5 if they are really gungy.
HOT cycle with nothing added, to finish rinsing and keep killing germies.
then Line dry in the sun or dry in the dryer on HOT.
this has been my wash routine for all diapers, mainly PFs, but also some pockets. Addy has been out of diapers for months now, and the ne wbaby isnt here yet, so the only diaper laundry i am doing these days is stripping FSOT diapers (in which i DO use bleach) or prepping new diapers.

we never ever ever had any build up problems, stinkies, or rashes while using Charlies (we still use it on ALL of our laundry too) but had LOTS of problems with every other detergent we had tried. and we tried ALOT.
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I use A&H because it works awesomely for me. We have really ridiculously hard water and I like that it is fragrance free yet still has water softener and baking soda built right in. I tried purex while we were on vacation and I thought it was terrible!!!
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Sun free & clear. It's cheap, we can get it at winco and it works great for diapers and regular clothes.
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I just did my first load of diapers with Arm & Hammer Essentials and ooh, it's nice. They smell so clean and they feel nice and soft. We've been using Purex F&C and that worked well, too, but I like to try new things. I will say that we didn't have any build-up with the Purex.
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I use Bio-Kleen powder detergent. It gets our dipes nice and clean. Plus, I like the fact that it has GSE in to help get rid of nasty bacteria.

Oh, I also do a cold soak with a bit of Bac-Out first. Then, hot wash w/Bio-Kleen Detergent. 2 cold rinses. (our machine is at the beginning of its end)

I've never had issues w/ too much build-up or rashes on DD's bum.
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