Switching from disposables to cloth has had a steep, but enjoyable learning curve. One of the things I’ve learned most about is the ingredients of laundry detergent. For a long time, I’d already avoided dryer sheets, using dryer balls instead to decrease static and soften and fluff up the fabric. I’ve used “free and clear” detergents for years, but I never really knew about what they were really free and clear of. These days, we had been using the Kirkland (Costco) Environmentally friendly detergent, but it turns out that the scent and enzymes aren’t good for baby’s bum, and hence not good for washing cloth diapers. There have been recipes posted about how to mix your own detergent, but most of those have been pretty heavy on the borax. Even the cloth diaper chat boards are filled with confusion.
Lately, another option has become available: The Natural Baby Company has launched their own detergent, free of all the nasties but perfectly capable of cleaning the nastiest soiled diaper. Oh, and they’re giving some away! See here http://www.thenaturalbabyco.com/tiny-bubbles-p-732.html to find out more about Tiny Bubbles! Powerful, environmentally friendly, and free? It doesn’t get much better than that!