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Cloth Diaper Washing Confession

I have a confession to make. I do a big NO-NO each time I wash cloth diapers, and I don’t even feel bad about it. I started doing this “bad” thing when I started using a new HE washer and had to completely change my diaper wash routine. Are you ready? Here it is…

 I USE TIDE!
 Yes, it’s true. I use Original Liquid HE Tide that can be purchased at any given super store, grocery store, or in-the-middle-of-nowhere store every single time I wash cloth diapers. I fill the cap to the #1 line during the cold wash and the hot wash, plus add baking soda. And, I haven’t had one issue since I switched. I tried all the natural/Free & Clear/Free & Gentle versions and they worked in my old top loading washer, but the only one that works in my HE Top Loader is the blue straight up original Tide. No need to pull your hair out trying to find the “right” detergent, you’re a parent and you have enough to worry about. Many moms swear by this detergent and now I’m one of them. There, I said it. And, I feel much better. Gina is a green living advocate, and mom of two boys (ages 2 & 3), who has cloth diapered exclusively for 3 years. A self-proclaimed tree hugger, she loves to share the benefits …

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Fabric Focus: Hemp and Cloth Diapers

As you know hemp has been widely used in cloth diapers for a number of years. Yes- I know just mentioning the word “hemp” might get some of you to grin! It is a pure fact that hemp comes from the same family as marijuana- the Cannabis genus. From a quick look hemp looks very similar to marijuana however hemp contains no THC which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Hemp fibers are 3-4 times stronger than cotton fibers and it grows with very little care and usually no pesticides need to be used because the plant has no known insect enemies. Hemp is also much more absorbent that cotton. Due to USA regulations hemp is not allowed to be grown legally in the states. This is why the cost of hemp products, including diapers that contain hemp, are relatively much higher in cost than a traditional cotton diaper. Hemp is usually found in the following type of fabric forms: Hemp fleece-widely used in cloth diapers.Hemp knit jersey-which is comparable to the feel of regular cotton t-shirts.Hemp french terry-usually a hemp and organic cotton blendHemp stretch-knit terry-a blend of hemp and Lycra- very absorbent and used in some brands of cloth diapers What you need to know about hemp and cloth diapers: If you purchase a diaper or diaper accessory product (like BabyKicks Hemparoo Joey Bunz) keep in the mind …

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Detergent NO-NO’s

Detergent NO-NO’s! Oftentimes we’re asked, “Why can’t I use free and clear detergents to wash my cloth diapers?” Or, “My friends use X Free and Clear to wash their cloth diapers. Why can’t I?” Excellent questions. While detergent recommendations are a dime a dozen, first it’s important to understand what works for one doesn’t work for everyone. There are so many variables to consider: type of cloth diapers being laundered, washing machine, water condition (soft or hard), washing routine/frequency, etc… Therefore, we definitely recommend following the guidelines set by your diaper manufacturer. All diaper manufacturers provide the same disclaimer when it comes to detergents: NO: enzymes, dyes, perfumes/fragrance, optical brighteners, whiteners, or fabric softener Nearly all commercially available detergents found at your local grocery store and box chain store will have most, if not all of these “no-no’s” in the formula. Free and Clear detergents are no exception. While “Free and Clear” sounds great, in reality the only thing the detergent is free and clear from is fragrance and dyes. Free and Clear detergents usually still have optical brighteners, enzymes, or even worse – fabric softener (leaving behind waxy residues). More often than not these ingredients will cause buildup on your diapers and ultimately lead to wicking or complete repelling (ie. the diaper is unable to absorb any fluid). Therefore we do no recommend using a free and clear detergent …

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Product Focus: Tiny Bubbles

Tiny Bubbles came about after several months of testing and searching for the perfect cloth diaper/baby detergent. Too often parents purchase organic or natural cotton clothing and diapers only to take them home and wash them in chemical, perfume, and dye laden detergents! Tiny Bubbles combines an eco friendly, ultra concentrated detergent that truly works and rinses without residue in a itsy bitsy box. There is no guessing how much to use. Simply add one full scoop to your wash! We’ve designed a great, low impact package that any mama would LOVE to have sitting on their laundry room shelf!!The detergent of choice for cloth diapers and baby apparel. Dye & Fragrance Free Completely Biodegradable Completely Phosphate-Free No Optical Brighteners or Fillers Gentle for Sensitive Skin Low Residue Formula Ultra-Concentrated Low Cost-Per-Wash Recyclable Safe to use with Gro Baby™ and all other cloth diapers brands.Not tested on animals. No animal by products. ($0.22 per Load)Phosphate Free – Phosphate detergents are a major cause of pollution in our lakes and streams. Even biodegradable phosphate detergents are harmful to water life. Tiny Bubbles contains no phosphates and is completely biodegradable.60 Loads – Front Load WasherNet Wt. 60 Oz. (3.75lbs)

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The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Answers: Any detergent advice for someone using an HE washer?

This question was posted by Shannon on January 4th. (Shannon: You get one EXTRA entry on the giveaway cause your question got chosen).We just purchased an High Efficiency (HE) washer machine last summer. I honestly thought I would NEVER purchase an HE machine. We had been needing to purchase a new machine for months. We didn’t purchase a new machine until the old machine literally died in the middle of washing cloth diapers. Yes, really! So, the hunt for a washing machine was on. We currently had a stack able washer/dryer as the space was super small. Being that Riley was just a newborn we decided to go on-line when Sears was having a big sale. My husband insisted that we purchase a HE machine- I was dead set against it. Why you ask? I have heard HORROR stories of people who used cloth and would always had odor problems. I also had this image of diapers not completely cleaned- still having traces of bm (number 2)! Much to my husband’s disappointment we purchased a stack able thru Sears on-line. Well- to make a long story short the transaction was a nightmare! We arranged to have the old machine hauled away and the other one completely installed. Three guys showed up and they informed me that they couldn’t install as the valves weren’t easily shut off?? So, they left the …

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