Lately, I’ve seen a whole lot of posts on Facebook groups about cloth diaper laundry routine changes. The posts are all the same. Again and again.
I am a Rockin’ Green evangelist. As far as I am concerned, Rockin’ Green is the best detergent out there. A large portion of my local cloth diapering community agrees. However, there’s one time that I will never recommend that someone try Rockin’ Green on their diaper laundry: when they have an effective cloth diaper laundry routine already.
So here’s my advice to those who are suddenly coping with a new issue after changing their cloth diaper laundry routine: go back to what you were doing before. You may need to do some sort of stripping method to get your diapers back in shape, but whatever you add to fix the stink should be added to your old routine.
Seriously, with all of the little nuances that can make diaper advice confusing and conflicting, when you’ve finally found your perfect cloth diaper laundry routine, you should be hearing choirs of angels. I know that I sure did when I found my Rockin’ Green routine.
I once tried a different detergent at the urging of some of my local moms… even though I had a perfect routine. It was horrible. If I used a small enough amount of detergent so that I wouldn’t be rinsing forever and all eternity to get rid of the giant, fluffy suds, then my diapers stank. If I used a massive amount (double the manufacturer’s instructions) to get my diapers smelling clean and like nothing again, I was rinsing and rinsing for multiple cycles.
I didn’t even finish that detergent before I decided that I just could not continue with this and it was not working with the variables of my laundry room. I went back to Rockin’ Green. I used extra detergent and threw some OxiClean in the wash to help. I did a second full laundry cycle to work out whatever crap was left over. And then? I went right back to my laundry routine. Whenever someone suggests that I try another detergent, I shoot them down on the spot.
I will not try Tide, no matter how many Tide evangelists leave me a profanity laced “dare” to make the switch. I will not use Laundry Tarts. I will not use a detergent made by a cloth diaper company. You know why?
Because my routine works for me. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
If you have a perfect routine, I will not encourage you to try my beloved Rockin’ Green. In fact, I’ll tell you to keep doing exactly what you’re doing because it works for you. If you’ve recently made a change and are having issues (and you didn’t before), go back to what you were doing. Don’t fix what isn’t broken.
Have you ever done a diaper laundry experiment with your fluff? How did it work?
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