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Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays – 11/19/12 – Tide and Cloth Diapers

Tide & #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

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Tiffany would like to know:

Has anyone had tide ruin their diapers?

I wrote about my cloth diaper washing survey results, which showed that more people with damage to their diapers were using “safe” detergents. Though antecdotal, I have been using Tide for 2.5 years with no damage, and Oxi Clean Free for 1.5 years, also with no damage.

Bummis has released lots of great laundry science info, and while the jury is out on optical brighteners, experts say that enzymes will not hurt your diapers if the detergent is well rinsed before drying. If chemicals/enzymes remain on the diapers, then are exposed to heat in the dryer, that may cause damage.

Tide use is a bit controversial in the cloth diaper “world” and of course, follow your manufacturer’s washing instructions, but some manufacturers actually recommend a detergent with enzymes. I wouldn’t have been able to continue with cloth if I hadn’t discovered Tide!

Has Tide ruined your diapers?

Please note that I recommend carefully following your manufacturer’s washing instructions. Maria and are not responsible for damage or injuries.

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
  • December 9, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I used a few different safe detergents and had stink issues – I switched to Tide a year and a half ago and never looked back! I’m using the diapers on baby #2 now, and no damage so far to speak of! 🙂

  • November 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I have used Tide for about a year, and it saved me from going to disposables. I tried cloth diaper safe detergents, but they always stunk regardless of how much detergent I used.

  • jamiee davis
    November 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I just started using my own homemade detergent and my diapers seem to be getting clean and when I need to strip I just do an extra wash with a tablespoon of blue dawn and an extra rinse. No need to use chemical laden tide or any of the other stuff.

  • November 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I heard someone say her kid got a rash from using tide, but she did too (as an adult) so I think it was more their skin than anything. I don’t think it hurt the diapers any. we use tide free and clear liquid.

  • Elizabeth Volker
    November 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I have been using Tide since shortly after deciding to cloth diaper because my homemade detergent just didn’t cut it. My diapers have been happy and mostly stain-free for the last 6 months!

  • sus vandil
    November 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

    i used it occasionally, but prefer Charlie’s soap. I always thought that enzymes may hurt bamboo fibers. and that there is an issue with hemp, if it does not get rinsed out well. But no issues with occasional use here.

  • amii fritz
    November 19, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Tide is my ‘back-up” it is also what I use in conjunction with calgon for stripping. I’ve never had any issues.

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