Seriously. With all of the drama swirling around about cloth diaper laundry, these days I’m left wondering, “What the @!*$”. Are we, grown women, really trying to one-up each other over laundry?
I don’t care whether you use a cloth diaper detergent, commercial detergent or ground up unicorn horn. It’s laundry. It’s not something that should be causing arguments and holier-than-thou hand slapping. It’s really not.
The majority of the cloth diaper community recommends all natural, eco-friendly, “cloth diaper safe” detergents. Then there are those who use commercial detergents and you hear the collective gasp throughout the cloth diaper community…
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I use Tide. Yup, I use it and I love it. I have very hard water and don’t want to mess with a convoluted wash routine or the added expense of buying water softeners and using the max amount (or more) of a cloth diaper specific detergent. It negates cloth diapering to be a little more frugal. But that’s me.
That said, I understand that some people may not want to use it and I totally respect it. Just don’t hate on me for choosing Tide. I have given a few eco-friendly detergents a second chance in the past few months that have worked fine so when I am done with my current box of Tide I might switch to one of them. I don’t know, we’ll see.
So come on, ladies. Are our wash routines really that big of a deal that we need to have wars on Facebook groups, arguments in blog comments, and to void diaper warranties for using detergents that have no adverse effect on cloth diapers because (and this is my opinion) some brands are more into the environmental aspect of cloth diapering and simply don’t want chemicals used on “their” diapers? I can only assume that this is the reason because some manufacturers actually recommend commercial detergents and after almost two years of using Tide I can say that I have never had any damage to my diapers and haven’t had to strip my diapers. Not once. My grandmother surely didn’t use cloth diaper detergent either and her diapers lasted for four children.
Whatever your reasons for choosing whatever detergent or routine you have, carry on. If it’s working for you, awesome. Let’s just remember that no one’s water, machine, child’s age, sensitivity, or diet are the same so we have to do what works to keep babies in cloth and to get the diapers clean. That’s the important thing, not who’s “right”.