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Old 08-04-2010, 11:26 PM   #131
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I use Dr. Bronner's. Albeit, a small amount. But with no issues at all.
Dr. Bronners is just soap, plain ol handmade liquid soap. So, it may leave a residue over time. But, if it works for you, dont change !!!!

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Old 08-04-2010, 11:28 PM   #132
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OK I am going to do the whole boiling/sanitizing cycle this afternoon. I am thinking of going with the new Bum Genius detergent? what do you think I read through the list on pinstripes about HE detergents and am still at a loss of what to do. please help me
Bum Genius is made by country save, and it looks like it IS country save with the Borax removed. So, I am sure it is good stuff. Try it, if you like it, you can probably swap Country Save with the same results. (and maybe able to find that locally)
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:31 PM   #133
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But with AIOs the insert can't be removed..??? Like with BG Organics. Should I boil them or just bleach?
Whichever you feel safest with! (I would boil them, carefully, but if you are worried about warranty issues, bleach them)
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:42 PM   #134
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Dr. Bronners is just soap, plain ol handmade liquid soap. So, it may leave a residue over time. But, if it works for you, dont change !!!!


Right...it WILL leave a residue over time IF you have Hard Water.

This is one reason why people started using detergents rather than soap after the war....

Soap should be fine for regular laundry but not for dipes / mama cloth.

REALLY GREAT POST! THANK YOU MAMA!
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thanks so much for posting this and it is true there are so many rumors on the internet about deferent chemicals
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Re: Ok, lets talk about detergent, for once and all.

I came across this detergent. What is your opinion on it based on the ingredients? Would this be suitable for cloth diapers?

http://www.householdtraditions.com/l..._detergent.htm

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Soda ash, sodium percarbonate, mild surfactants
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I came across this detergent. What is your opinion on it based on the ingredients? Would this be suitable for cloth diapers?

http://www.householdtraditions.com/l..._detergent.htm

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Soda ash, sodium percarbonate, mild surfactants

Looks like WAHM detergent.

Washing soda, oxy clean, and soap. (kinda expensive too)

But, probably just fine!
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Wow, what a great informative post. I'm new to CDing and this was really helpful!
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:54 PM   #139
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Re: Ok, lets talk about detergent, for once and all.

I just came across this homemade diaper detergent:

Diva Detergent

1 55 oz. box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 cup Mule Team Borax
2 Cups Oxygen Cleaner
1/2 cup Simple Green
1/2 cup Water Softening Powder

Put all dry ingredients in a large container – (bucket, dishpan) mix with your hands to combine. Put gloves on before adding liquid ingredients as there is a chemical reaction that makes it get rather warm…..and could burn your skin. Drizzle the wet ingredients over the top of the dry ingredients. Mix with your hands until well combined and all liquid is mixed in and there are no clumps. If it still seems too moist, you can add a box of baking soda**. Humidity levels in different parts of the country can make a difference here, as your dry ingredients might have a higher moisture content. Store in a sealed container. I have used Rubbermaid, Tupperware, coffee cans….whatever you have on hand.

Use 1-2 1/8 cup scoops (the kind that came with the oxygen cleaner) per load. You’ll have to experiment a bit to find what works best with your water condition and washer size. I recommend stripping your diapers with RLR before beginning to use this detergent.*
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They are using Simple Green as a surfactant. What do you think about this? Apparently, any cheap, basic floor cleaner (like pinesol) should be able to be used instead, since all that's wanted is the surfactants.

I'm wondering what other, basic product on the market is just water + surfactant. Hmmmmm.....


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Ok Alioop I really feel like you the cloth diaper detergent therapy god!!!!!! I am pretty sure I speak for most of the mama's on here when I say that your time to answer all our inquiries is soooooo appreciated!!!

Anyway so I tried a number of your suggestions, all with a little bit better outcome than my previous routine, but still not great or stink free.

My first attempt went a little something like this....

Cold rinse
Hot wash
Super size wash load (for about 15ish or so dipes)
with a double rinse

with

a little over 1tsp Country Save
a little over 1tsp washing soda
1 scoop generic oxy
and 1/4 cup vinegar in the first rinse

no extra rinsing required but I did have poop stains and smell still......

Sooo my second attempt

same settings
with

a little less than 1 TBSP Country Save
a little less than 1 TBSP washing soda
1 scoop generic oxy
1/4 cup vinegar in the first rinse

still had a little poop smell and staining!!!?!?!?!!?!?

and needed an extra rinsing to get rid of some left over suds

What gives? if I use more detergent I have to do lots of rinsing and still they are not clean....HEEEEEEELLLLLLPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!! This is so frustrating! Is there a miracle detergent out there that I am missing out on?????

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