Before we moved, we lived in a soft water area and used an older top loader so I used the smallest amount of recommended detergent per manufacturer’s instructions. 2 tbsp of Rockin Green or Eco Sprout or 3 Eco Nuts. My diapers looked and smelled clean, yet we had persistent rashes that would get yeasty and open up creating and endless cycle of rash cream, Nystatin, and Bactroban. I
was am committed to cloth but was starting to wonder if it was fair to K with all of these rashes.
We ruled out a specific detergent, suedecloth, microfiber, and even went so far as discussing allergy testing with his APRN.
When we moved, we took our time to travel the 1800 miles to Colorado since our stuff could take more than a week to arrive. For the trip I decided to use disposables since I was unsure of what laundry facilities would be available. While in disposables he cleared right up. Not even the type of poo that has long been at the top of my list of rash suspects caused even the slightest bit of redness. I was starting to wonder now.
After five days we arrived in Colorado. Our stuff still wasn’t here so we were staying at a hotel. Since we had to buy a new washer and dryer for the new place that was about 5 minutes away, I unpacked the cloth. First diaper change, the redness was back. My heart sank. Was I really going to have to give up my beloved cloth?
I did some research on how best to clean diapers in hard water, which is what we have in our new home, and I picked a washer that had all of the settings that I felt were necessary for washing diapers effectively. I also reluctantly decided to switch to Tide since it is supposed to block the hard water minerals. My wash routine now goes a little something like this:
- Pre-rinse cold (only option)
- Set machine to Bulky, hot water, extra rinse, deep clean
- Add liquid Tide to the 2 line
- Wash, rinse, dry inserts in dryer and hang covers.
Voila! I am not going to say that we are 100% rash-free, but now the rashes seem to only happen when he poos more than twice a day (that is the poo that has always been suspect) and they are nowhere near what they were in frequency or intensity. I would now say that he has typical, occasional diaper rash. Before he was almost always at least a little red that just got worse.
So my long-winded conclusion is that I probably wasn’t getting my diapers clean enough even though they looked and smelled clean! Now I am officially a Tide convert.