There are several detergents that for cloth diapers. Not just 'cloth diaper friendly'. Since we started using cloth diapers, we've come across several different detergents, but thought we'd just stay with the same detergent we purchased for a long time, ALL free & clear. It' worked for awhile, but then, we started having problems with build-up in our diapers and decided that it just might be better to get a cloth diaper detergent.
My main concern was the fact that people had mentioned that their child would get diaper rashes from these detergents. Charlie's Soap and Rockin' Green were the ones they'd mentioned, but I read through the Charlie's Soap website and it was pretty clear that rinsing your diapers well (like you're suppose too!) would help prevent that problem from happening. Since I always run two wash cycles without soap after washing the diapers, I thought that Charlie's Soap would work for us. When the box of Charlie's Soap arrived, it was 'wash the diapers' day and I washed them in Charlie's Soap. I thought the inserts smelled cleaner and dried the diapers. The next day I put J in the diapers that had been washed in Charlies. Towards the evening I noticed that his bottom was red again, but wasn't sure if it was from the Charlie's or there was something else going on. I put him in another diaper that hadn't been washed in Charlie's Soap and while a bit of the red cleared up, most of it remained. We later remembered that we had just learned that J couldn't have gluten anymore and he was probably detoxing, which had caused the rash or it was just another yeast rash. But we do know that it wasn't caused by Charlie's Soap. I've washed the diapers multiple times since then and he doesn't get a rash. We've had trouble with detergents in the past, since several family members had skin sensitivities, which is why we try to be careful with any new detergents.
Charlie's Soap doesn't have any fragrances added, although the one person, my mom, who doesn't like any fragances, did say that she wished that Charlie's Soap had a fragrance.
On today's to-do list: washing diapers in... you guessed it! Charlie's Soap.
Charlie's Soap has several retailers in the US or you can buy it directly from Charlie's Soap! For those who live in Canada, you won't be able to order from Charlie's Soap, but they do have a distributor in Canada.
Buy it: Laundry Power (80 loads) sells for $15.78. Which averages out to $0.20 a load, in case you were wondering!
WIN IT: Charlie's Soap has generously offered for one (1) reader their own Charlie's Soap: 80 load bag of laundry powder, a 17oz bottle of all purpose clearner and a reuseable grocery tote bag.
***Giveaway CLOSED. Winner is: Debbie C***
This contest is open to the US and Canada and ends August 28th, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email as well as announced on Happily Southern. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen and notified
A big THANK YOU to Charlie's Soap for providing the review & giveaway item! We were not compensated in any other way and the statements within this post are our own and honest opinions.