We’ve scoured the globe and have put together a comprehensive list of Laundry Detergents we do / don’t recommend using on Real Nappies products.
We’ve kept the list as global, so next time you go overseas you can still find a detergent that will work for you.
Ingredients to avoid in your washing powder.
As a general rule of thumb, we suggest you avoid the following ingredients. The good news is that cheaper detergents are less likely to contain additives that are best avoided, meaning cheaper detergents can be better for your cloth diapers than expensive ones! Yippee! You can save even more money!
We prefer powders as then you avoid the additives that they have to add to keep it in a liquid form.
DO NOT use too much detergent, we recommend about ¼ of the recommended amount.
HE Washing Machines use 1/3 - 2/3 times less water than Top-Loader machines, meaning you save on water and energy. The problem is using less water means laundry detergents do not always dissolve as quickly and can leave a soap residue on your diapers.
Solution: Use a low-suds laundry detergent with a front-loader
Turn your washing machine to high-water level
|All||No||Mountain Green Baby free & clear||Yes||Great detergent|
|All Baby||No||Mountain Green Free & Clear||Yes||Great detergent|
|All Free and Clear||No||Can cause diapers to smell and leak||Mrs Meyer’s||No|
|Allen’s Naturally||Yes||Natural Detergent, Biodegradable||Nature Clean Laundry Liquid||Yes||All natural|
|Amolin||Yes||Nellie’s Laundry Soda||Yes||Contains coconut oil|
|Arm and Hammer Fabricare||No||Can cause diapers to smell and leak||Next Generation||Yes|
|Arm and Hammer Free||No||Can cause diapers to smell and leak||Omo||No|
|Bio-O-Kleen Liquid Laundry||Maybe||No fragrances,enzymes, brighteners||Oxi-clean||No|
|Charlie’s Soap||Yes||Biodegradable. Note: test as some burns have been reported from this detergent||Oxyboost||Yes|
|Cheer||No||Penguin Sport-Wash||Yes||Restores waterproofing for any diaper covers that have lost their protection|
|Claudia’s Choices||Yes||Persil Low Suds||No||Contains oil to keep bubbles down, this can affect absorbency|
|Cold Power||No||Persil Sensitive||Yes|
|Country Save (Liquid or Detergent)||Yes||Cost effective, additive free||Planet Ark||Yes|
|Down to Earth||No||Planet Ultra Powder||Yes|
|Dr Bronner’s Soap||No||President’s Choice||No|
|Earth Friendly Products Baby||No||SA8 Sensitive||No|
|Earth’s Choice||Yes||Sam’s Choice (Walmart’s own brand)||Yes|
|Ecos Free and Clear Liquid||Maybe||Sensi-Clean / Sports-Wash||Yes||We recommend this product as a great way of stripping totton diapers every month. Note: Some babies may develop a rash if very sensitive|
|Ecostore Powder||Yes||Sensiclean||Yes||Note: may cause rashes on very sensitive skin|
|Ecover||No||Seventh Generation||No||Can cause diapers to smell and leak. Biodegradable.|
|Fab||No||Sport wash||Yes||Note: may cause rashes on very sensitive skin|
|Fresh Strart||No||Sun and Earth Deep Cleaning||Yes|
|GAIN||No||Sun Oxygen Cleaner||Yes|
|Gain with bleach||No||Sun, Sun Free||No|
|Green Care||Yes||Sunlight Sensitive||No|
|Hydrox||Yes||Use sparingly||Target Baby||No|
|Ivory Snow||No||The laundress||No|
|Jewel Ultra||No||Trader Joe’s||No|
|Kirklands Signature||no||Tri Nature||Yes|
|La Parisienne, delicate||Yes||Watkin’s (Liquid)||No|
|Lifekind||Yes||Contains seed and pulp extracts||Wisk||No|
|Lux Flakes||No||Wonder Wash||Yes|
|Maggies Soap Nuts||Yes||All natural||XTRA||No|