April 04, 2011

Using Tide with cloth diapers

Okay seriously, we use cloth diapers. I know, I know, but actually they're fun and cute these days! The thought of laundering them totally grossed me out pre-baby, so we started with a diaper service. That was fine until Theo outgrew the size of diapers they had and was too heavy of a wetter for them. We would have had to change him about every 20 minutes--forget it. So I set out to find good cloth diapers with massive absorbancy, and I did.

The problem with massive absorbancy is that they're hard to clean. Because they soak up the water. Especially in a front-loader machine with low water levels. Also, cloth diaper people warn against using regular detergent, especially with brighteners, fragrance, and so on. I was convinced that my diapers would disintegrate if I used the wrong detergent. So I bought all of this expensive "rinse-free" detergent and guess what? My diapers stank to high heaven.

In fact, they stunk so badly I almost gave up on the whole deal. Finally, somone suggested I use Tide. I tried the liquid Tide for a while and that was better, but not perfect. Then I read that you should use original Tide powder.


Seriously, I have never had a stink (other than the stink that occurs from Theo) in my diapers since I started using Tide. Plus I've never had any ill-effects from those brighteners and blah blah blah.

Powdered Tide is the way to go, my friends.

Posted by Shelby at April 4, 2011 12:42 PM