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Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays – 11/26/12 – Rit Whitener & Brightener

Cloth Diaper Advice

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Eyglo asks:

Is RIT Whitener & Brightener Laundry Treatment safe for cloth diapers? Can we use it like RLR Laundy treatment?

From what I am able to find, the ingredients are salt and optical brighteners. I’ve written about optical brighteners before, since there is some controversy about whether or not the optical brighteners in a “standard detergent” will cause damage or repelling. My personal opinion is that the optical brighteners in detergents are unlikely to cause damage however, I don’t think I would use Rit whitener & brightener. I feel you would have better luck sunning your diapers/inserts.

If you are looking for something to help you “strip” diapers, I always recommend beginning with a bit extra of your detergent, followed by several hot washes with no detergent. I find that adding things often makes things worse!

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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.

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