I believe that over the years, this information has scared cloth diapering parents into using too little detergent in fear of ruining or effecting the performance of their diapers. Let's compile this with the introduction of cloth diapering detergents such as Rockin' Green and Eco Sprout. These detergents are made with commercial washing ingredients in commercial washing proportions. They have little to no fillers added to them that are generally found in home use detergents. Because of this you are able to use a very small quantity in the amount of 1 to 4 tablespoons depending on load size and machine type. However, this is not the case when it comes to home formulated detergents such as Tide, Purex, and the like. Mainstream detergent and cloth diaper detergents are not formulated the same. Using 1 to 4 tablespoons of these detergents will not effectively clean your diapers.
I am just trying out cloth diapers (bum genius and kushies) now to see how they work for us. I can't find any of the recommended laundry detergents for cloth diapers at the store though! It looks like I'll have to order it online unless anyone has input for detergent you've used on your cloth diapers that can be found in a store. (I checked Wal-Mart and K-Mart) Thanks for the input!
Comments time! Any experiences with homebrew detergents and cloth diapers? Good, bad, ugly? Any other detergent recommendations for the uber-thrifty minded? (Oh God, this is going to get so confusing and contradictory SO FAST, I just know it. Sorry, OP. We’re all just kinda nuts, I think.)
This work is an elimination of detergents for cloth diaper laundry based on problem ingredients and a compilation of known detergent complications with cloth diaper laundry. Even from the recommended detergents all of the detergents may not be compatible with your water or washing routine. At least you will have fewer detergents to experiment with. Best success in your real-life chemistry adventure. Please let me know how I can help.