Published on June 24th, 2013 | by Brittney French5
Cloth 101: Choosing the Right Detergent
Using a laundry detergent that is not specifically designed for cloth diapers may cause more harm than good — though you may not think or know it!
Perfumes and fragrances are oil based, which means they can remain in the fabric, even after your diapers are clean. Dyes can also leave behind residue in your diapers after rinsing. Both fragrance and dye residue could cause skin sensitivities and diaper rash or buildup in your cloth diapers that could later cause leaks.
Optical brighteners are ingredients that make your brights brighter and whites whiter, which you often see as a selling point for laundry detergents. These additives are specifically designed to remain in your clothing and "bend the light" so you see the colors brighter or whiter. This additive does nothing to extend the life of your clothing and can also cause buildup, which can also create odors or leaks.
Enzymes are added to some laundry detergents because they remove certain kinds of stains, specifically ones that are protein based. Those same enzymes that remove stains can react with your baby's skin and cause a rash.
Before choosing any detergent, especially one for cloth diapers, it's important to know about the additives, but reading labels, knowing and understanding all the different types of fragrances, brighteners, dyes and enzymes can be tough. So we've decided to make it easy! All of the natural laundry detergents available online at Cotton Babies are free of these additives and recommended for use with cloth diapers. These additive-free detergents can also be used on your entire family's laundry!
To see a list of cloth diaper safe detergents, click here.
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