There is an ongoing debate about which cloth diaper detergent is safe for your baby and which should be avoided. Babies are very sensitive to aggressive detergents and other chemicals like adult shampoos, bubble baths, creams, oils, etc. It is common knowledge that all babies’ clothes should be washed using very mild detergents so that skin irritation or breathing problems are prevented. Heavy duty chemicals should be kept away from children at all cost not only regarding safe storage, but also when it comes to clothes and diaper washing.
Many moms in the United States are opting for cloth diapers instead of disposable ones because the former brings many benefits. One of the most important upsides of using cloth diapers for your baby is the eco-friendliness and the fact that they are hypoallergenic, breathable and thermo-regulating. Disposable diapers have a huge negative impact on the eco-system. An estimated 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the US, resulting in possible 3.4 million tons of used diapers adding to landfills annually. If everybody switched to cloth nappies, the world would be a whole lot healthier place to live in. Once you have decided to use sloth diapers, the logical question that arises is what cloth diaper detergent to use? You will be surprised.
It is not necessary that a safe cloth diaper detergent has to be expensive or unavailable in many shops. It does not even have to be a popular brand. All you have to look for in a detergent is that it is labeled “free and clear”. There is a myriad of such products out there on the market; you just have to take some time and read the label when you come to the supermarket. You should avoid anything that uses dyes or perfumes, which can irritate your baby’s skin.
Did you know that fabric softeners are one the most toxic elements in your house and are full of harmful chemicals? They also break down the fire retardancy of infant clothing. Instead, you can add ¼ cup white vinegar to your rinse cycle as a natural fabric softener; skip artificial fabric softeners altogether or try dryer balls. Make a change that affects your entire family for that matter and switch to “free and clear” detergents for all your clothes and exclude fabric softener altogether from your washing routine. That way you will not need to separate the baby’s clothes from other clothes, which will save you precious time and money.
And one more thing – try avoiding cloth diaper detergents, or any other washing products for that matter, which say “baby” on them, because they are usually full of perfumes and are not actually gentle for baby’s skin.