~I received a laundry detergent sample from Rockin’ Green for the purpose of review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
When I first started researching cloth diapers my youngest was about a month old and nothing scared me more than the thought of how to launder dirty cloth diapers. You are putting something with poop on it into the washing machine. With every link I clicked it came up with a different way to wash cloth diapers and WARNINGS were everywhere. You can’t just go to the store and buy whatever is on sale or you can literally ruin your diaper stash. It was a lot to take in. Over the last 2 years I have used several different brands and eventually succumbed to a regular powder detergent that can be found in any store but that is full of chemicals. After all this time and never being fully satisfied with my cloth diaper laundry, I decided to give Rockin’ Green a try. They are an Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent and I was ready to make the change.
What sets their detergent apart from the rest is that they are Eco-Friendly!
I am going to tell you how I wash cloth diapers in my HE Washing Machine using Rockin’ Green. Every person is different and things can depend on your washing machine and your water type. When I first read up I immediately found out that an HE washer was not ideal for washing cloth diapers. There was no chance that I would be purchasing a washing machine just for cloth diapers so I have adapted to make my HE machine work for me.
I use a regular diaper pail and I use a pail liner. What I am about to say next is very important, dump all poo in the toilet and flush. I use flushable liners with every diaper change which makes this step much easier than scrapping or soaking cloth diapers. I just dump the liner with poop into the toilet and flush. Then I put the diaper in this pail.
I wash cloth diapers every 3 days. Everything I have read says to do it every other day but I have quite the stash and I can be a little lazy. I have not had any problems letting mine sit this long. Dump everything into the washer, pail liner and all.
Do a short cold/cold wash with NO DETERGENT of any kind. This is to get any loose poo off your diapers.
Then add Rockin’ Green to your HE machine. Make sure to take the liquid detergent cup out if you have one and use the dispenser or in my case none at all for powder.
Here is a close up shot of the packaging. It includes directions for both HE and regular washing machines. I use 2 full tsp scoop fulls.
I then set my HE washer to a Hot/Cold wash. Hot is necessary to kill bacteria. The Cold is just for the rinse. I also set my washer to the dirtiest soil setting so that it adds as much water as possible to the drum. My machine has an extra rinse button which I also press.
After that long cycle I do 2 separate rinses, which is also what the package says. You don’t want there to be any suds left in the diapers when you are done. This prevents detergent build up in your diapers which can make it so they absorb less which is obviously not what you want. To make sure they are good and clean really put your nose in the diaper and take a big sniff. It should smell completely clean. If something does not smell right I would suggest adding a bit more detergent and starting over.
I then hang up my diapers on a rack in the laundry room and I dry the inserts in the dryer.
Rockin’ Green offers several different types of laundry detergent as well as this handy-dandy link to help you try and find the one best for you based on your zip code. Granted every household will be different but it is still a nice start.
Their detergent is good for regular clothes and not just cloth diapers so you can be more Eco-friendly with all your laundry! I have been using Rockin’ Green for several weeks now and I have experienced nothing but clean diapers. My next “green” step will be to switch to Rockin’ Green for all my family’s laundry!
Purchase: You can purchase their laundry detergent in the shop now section on their website. You can purchase the sample kit like I received for $5.95.