Most Recommended Cloth Diaper Detergents

As I mentioned in my article on cloth diapers, there is special care that comes with laundering cloth diapers. The best recommended cloth diaper detergents are those that are specifically designed for washing cloth diapers. Most of the baby-safe laundry detergents you use for your baby’s clothes are not suitable for CDs as these contain brighteners or enzymes that can degrade the quality of your diapers over time. Cloth diapering laundry detergents are formulated to clean diapers without damaging them. Here are some of the best diapering detergent recommendations you can use. You can usually find these from cloth diapering retailers and on Amazon.

Best Laundry Detergents for Cloth Diapers

Keep in mind that the water type you have can also affect how well your laundry detergent will work (like hard water). Here are some of the best recommended cloth diaper detergents.

Rockin’ Green Classic Rock Cloth Diaper and Laundry DetergentRockin Green
This is a truly rockin’ detergent. There are formulations specifically for hard, soft, and medium water types so you can get an optimal wash from the detergent.  These do come in all-natural scents that are safe for use with cloth diapers and rinse clean leaving your CDs smelling fresh. It comes in a powder form with a scoop for measuring. I’ve used this one too and I have loved it.

bumGenius Diaper DetergentbumGenius detergent
Manufactured by the same company that produces cloth diapers, this detergent is highly recommended for bumGenius and all types of cloth diapers. The powdered formula is free of dyes, fragrances, phosphates, and other chemicals that could hinder the quality of your diapers.

Charlie’s Soap Allens
This laundry powder is a biodegradable detergent that is non-toxic and safe for cloth diapers and baby’s clothes leaving no residue and won’t irritate sensitive skin. It’s very cost effective as one 2.64lb box can wash up to 100 full size loads. It’s suitable for HE and front loading washers too.

Nellie’s All Natural Laundry SodaNellie's
You may be familiar with this age-old laundry detergent that’s been around for years and it is still used today for laundering. Its all-natural, hypoallergenic ingredients make it suitable for laundering cloth diapers too. It leaves them clean and soft without leaving any residue. It can also be used for HE washing machines.

Honest Company Laundry Detergent honest laundry detergent
The Honest Company is a line of natural, safe, baby products created by Jessica Alba for moms, like herself, that are cautious about chemical additives. Like the other products that are offered by this company the laundry detergent is non-toxic, safe for all laundering needs, and rinses clean.

Ecos Free and Clear Laundry Detergent Ecos
Derived completely from plants, Ecos laundry detergent is a safe solution that is suitable for washing all types of clothes including cloth diapers. It can be used with different washer types and comes in a concentrated liquid or powdered form.

Planet 2x Concentrated Ultra Powder planet
The unscented, hypoallergenic formula behind this detergent is certified 100% biodegradable. It effectively gets diapers clean without discoloring them and is concentrated for longer lasting use. It can be used with standards washers as well as HE washing machines.

There are other Free and Clear laundry detergents that you can use with your cloth diapers. The key thing to remember with recommended cloth diaper detergents is to check the ingredients and steer clear from any containing enzymes, bleach, and other non-natural ingredients.

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