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Old 06-08-2010, 05:24 PM   #46
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i didn't try tide free and clear because all free and clear didn't work. i have super hard water. i'll try sun i guess.
We love Rockin' Green and it was designed for hard water. Great for the stinkies, too!
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Does anyone make their own detergent? I stuck to the list and all was well while Stateside, but I'm back in China and can't find a detergent that doesn't make the dipes repellent. Lots of leaks (that are more like spills, since it's not that the diaper's soaked, it's just not soaking it in!)

BTW I don't have any ingredients like borax or glycerin, and I don't know what washing soda is so I don't know whether I have it!! I do have bar soap, baking soda, and vinegar, though the BumGenius directions say not to use vinegar... I don't understand why, and I've written but not heard back.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:22 AM   #48
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This buy far is the best list I've seen.thanks.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:47 AM   #49
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Does anyone make their own detergent? I stuck to the list and all was well while Stateside, but I'm back in China and can't find a detergent that doesn't make the dipes repellent. Lots of leaks (that are more like spills, since it's not that the diaper's soaked, it's just not soaking it in!)

BTW I don't have any ingredients like borax or glycerin, and I don't know what washing soda is so I don't know whether I have it!! I do have bar soap, baking soda, and vinegar, though the BumGenius directions say not to use vinegar... I don't understand why, and I've written but not heard back.
I know your post is pretty old, but I've been looking through the stickies this morning and saw your post and was wondering how things turned out. Did you make your own detergent or did you find a store-bought type that worked better than what you were using? And did you ever find out why the BumGenius directions said not to use vinegar?
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my cloth diapering experience is to use detergents totally NOT reccomended by these charts and avoid the reccomended ones like the plague. The worst stink and rash I've had with Margaret was with RnG... I use dreft on her diapers now and love it.
I'd use a greener detergent if it worked but I've yet to find any..
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my cloth diapering experience is to use detergents totally NOT reccomended by these charts and avoid the reccomended ones like the plague. The worst stink and rash I've had with Margaret was with RnG... I use dreft on her diapers now and love it.
I'd use a greener detergent if it worked but I've yet to find any..
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I know your post is pretty old, but I've been looking through the stickies this morning and saw your post and was wondering how things turned out. Did you make your own detergent or did you find a store-bought type that worked better than what you were using? And did you ever find out why the BumGenius directions said not to use vinegar?
Ooo, thanks for checking in!

As far as what works, I found that soapnuts are commonly used in Chinese traditional medicine so I bought a half-kilo for less than even the cheapest detergents, and began washing in soapnut liquid. I have to use cold water most of the time but once a month I fill up buckets with hot water (boiled or from a different source) to do a hot-water wash, which seems to work to "strip" any build-up.

The BumGenius guys said that vinegar can mess up the elastic. I'm not sure how that'd be worse than a drier, which we don't use but they say is okay to do. But we haven't needed to try the vinegar anyway so it's alright!
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:06 AM   #53
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I'm not sure how that'd be worse than a drier, which we don't use but they say is okay to do. But we haven't needed to try the vinegar anyway so it's alright!
a dryer is fine. I dryer dry all my diaper covers ect on hight heat and I have some that have been in my stash/possion since 2003 . You just dont want to pull at covers diapers elastic when hot allow them to cool. I've also made vinager a fairly regular part of our CD rountinue with out any issues.

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As far as what works, I found that soapnuts are commonly used in Chinese traditional medicine so I bought a half-kilo for less than even the cheapest detergents, and began washing in soapnut liquid. I have to use cold water most of the time but once a month I fill up buckets with hot water (boiled or from a different source) to do a hot-water wash, which seems to work to "strip" any build-up.
Oh, that's great to hear! Thank you so much for the update.

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The BumGenius guys said that vinegar can mess up the elastic. I'm not sure how that'd be worse than a drier, which we don't use but they say is okay to do. But we haven't needed to try the vinegar anyway so it's alright!
I hadn't heard that before. I'm so glad what you've been doing is working for you!!

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a dryer is fine. I dryer dry all my diaper covers ect on hight heat and I have some that have been in my stash/possion since 2003 . You just dont want to pull at covers diapers elastic when hot allow them to cool. I've also made vinager a fairly regular part of our CD rountinue with out any issues.Deanna
That's good to know! Since 2003, wow! Thanks, Deanna!
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You just dont want to pull at covers diapers elastic when hot allow them to cool. I've also made vinager a fairly regular part of our CD rountinue with out any issues.
Thanks for the info -- that's so good to know! Are these AIOs? I'd still like to do vinegar since I'm washing her other clothes with the diapers and it makes clothing softer, sometimes an issue since we line-dry.
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Thanks for the info -- that's so good to know! Are these AIOs? I'd still like to do vinegar since I'm washing her other clothes with the diapers and it makes clothing softer, sometimes an issue since we line-dry.
My current stash consists of 2/3 prefolds and various wraps and 1/3 pockets.. In the past I've had fitted AIOs pockets flats prefolds pretty much BTDT all.

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Reviving an old thread....curious on more responses from people making laundry soap (ivory/washing soda/borax) & washing cloth dipes with it
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When it was cost-effective for me to do it, I washed all my laundry including my cloth diapers with homemade laundry soap. It was 1c borax, 1c washing soda, and 1/2c oxyclean. It worked really, really well for a while, and then I switched because the cost of the ingredients became more than the cost of ECOS.

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I have been using ecos for both loundry and diapers. Now it looks like it's the wrong choice :/

what's wrong with it?

I mean even free and clear is marked with a red star :/
ECOS is marked 4 stars if it's the free & clear kind. I buy that one at Walmart for roughly $8. I have used the ECOS with coconut softener/lavender scent and honestly I haven't seen a huge difference except needing to strip the dipes more often, but I don't know if needing to strip them more often is due to the detergent or the fact that DD has toddler pee now as opposed to baby pee.

DD also had a terrible reaction to Charlie's Soap. It was like the diapers were burning her skin. I know it doesn't happen with every baby, just putting it out there.
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