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detergent question from a ftm

What is the benefits of using the rockin green or charlies soap rather than your basic free and clear detergent? Is it a matter of getting a more thorough clean? Or preserving the diaper? Obv I would like to get away with the free and clear detergent if possible rather than ordering the specialty soap online. thanks ladies - any advice is appreciated!

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Re: detergent question from a ftm

  • Some sites will say F&C detergents are fine, and others make it seem like they'll ruin your diapers. Not wanting to figure out what would happen in my case, and a strong recommendation from a friend, made me switch to RnG.

    That being said, a ton of people on here use Tide.

  • We use regular Tide. All those natural detergents did nothing for us and made our diapers smell terrible.
    You ever love someone so much that you can barely breathe when you're with them?
  • I haven't used RNG or Charlies...I use All Small & Mighty Free & Clear on all of my daughter's cloth diapers. It is working fine for me and I have not had any absorbency problems or odor problems, even if the wet diapers sit in a pail for 24 hours. If I have soiled diapers, I don't let them sit like that though...I soak them (a couple hours each, using only cold water) in a baking soda/water solution, rinse, then soak in a vinegar/water solution, rinse then throw them in the washer -using the hot water wash, cold rinse (doing all of that removes almost all stains too, if any remain after the soaks, I set them outside in the sun for a few hours). I line dry everything once it is cleaned and it is working wonderfully so far :)
    I have 2 beautiful children, 1 girl and 1 boy. I am currently a breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby wearing SAHM but I also worked and used formula when my daughter was an infant. I don't get paid, get vacation days or sick days but I have the best job in the world and I wouldn't trade it for anything!
  • As I understand it, it's a matter of certain additives that can potentially cause buildup/repelling.  I've found this website helpful for comparing detergents:

    I should note that we use Arm & Hammer sensitive, which isn't a top rated detergent (it has optical brighteners), but which works for us.

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  • This helps a lot. Thanks all! As always you are all awesome.
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