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Old 07-04-2014, 08:18 AM   #1
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Natural Fabric Softeners - Least perfumey smelling one?

I asked on another thread but thought I'd start a new one for this question. Are any of the natural, plant based fabric softeners that are okay for cloth diapers scent free? I'd like to soften up some used fitteds I bought but don't want to be left with perfumey smelling diapers. I've already tried vinegar and tumble drying, and it helped some but not as much as I'd like.

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Use a 1/2-1 cup of rock salt in the wash, the type used for ice-cream making. That should help without any residue or smell. Some mommas add essential oils to the salts, but I've never done that with dipes, as even small amounts of oils I am sure could cause issue over time. Just add it by itself or after the wash cycle. If you have a front loader it should be okay just put in (at least mine is), but you can also dissolve it in water first if you feel like that would work better for you.

Don't use epsom salts.. Epsom salts can potentially help with stripping soap residue as it binds with it & creates a film on top of the water, but it actually hardens water overall. What generally makes water hard is calcium & magnesium & epsom salts are magnesium sulfate.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:47 AM   #3
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Use a 1/2-1 cup of rock salt in the wash, the type used for ice-cream making. That should help without any residue or smell. Some mommas add essential oils to the salts, but I've never done that with dipes, as even small amounts of oils I am sure could cause issue over time. Just add it by itself or after the wash cycle. If you have a front loader it should be okay just put in (at least mine is), but you can also dissolve it in water first if you feel like that would work better for you.

Don't use epsom salts.. Epsom salts can potentially help with stripping soap residue as it binds with it & creates a film on top of the water, but it actually hardens water overall. What generally makes water hard is calcium & magnesium & epsom salts are magnesium sulfate.

Thank you for this tip! I'm going to give it a try, since I have some rock salt on hand.:-)
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ecover, but it has a scent to it
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ecover, but it has a scent to it

Yeah, I've used Ecover in the past, but I'm really trying to find a perfume free option.:-) Hopefully the rock salt will help!
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Re: Natural Fabric Softeners - Least perfumey smelling one?

7th Generation has a free & clear softener. I haven't used that brand specifically, but it should work the same.

http://shop.seventhgeneration.com/li...ftener/?sku=46
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Re: Natural Fabric Softeners - Least perfumey smelling one?

I agree that the Mrs. Meyers has a very strong scent!
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