My inserts were crunchy! The fitteds were standing on their own! Oh, and the wipes?? Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to use them too much on a runny nose.
And then I found out that it’s OK to use certain kinds of fabric softeners on my cloth diapers. Autumn at All About Cloth Diapers said so!!!
Really though, my cloth desperately needed some softening up. I already have a bunch of wool dryer balls in my dryer to help with that. They are great to stop static in clothes as well. They are also supposed to reduce the amount of time everything takes to dry. But I think you need the heavier, bigger wool balls and at least 8-12 them to accomplish that.
I am pretty sure that I heard about Mrs. Meyers Fabric Softener on one of the cloth diaper chat boards I am in. Someone mentioned how heavenly the Lavender smelled.
While I know that many of you are scent free either for medical or personal reasons; that’s just not how I roll! I am a bit of a pretty smell junky. And this stuff really does smell amazing. It reminds me of what a visit to a spa might smell like. I can almost hear a gentle brook running and I feel so relaxed. Listen, we are moms, so we need to imagine a little tranquility once in a while, right?
If the Lavender isn’t your thing there are six other scents: Basil, Lemon Verbena, Geranium, Sunflower, Rosemary and Bluebell. Unfortunately, there is no unscented version currently available.
Once I found Mrs. Meyers Fabric softener, I stopped using my usual Downy on my regular cloths too. I came to realize how many bad chemicals most commercially available fabric softeners contain. While everything is made of chemicals, it’s nice to be able to cut back where you can.
Mrs. Meyers actually puts their ingredients into chart form and explains what each does. I love this idea! Here is the chart from their website:
|INGREDIENT||WHAT IS IT?||WHAT DOES IT DO?|
|deionized/demineralized water that has passed through filters to remove minerals||holds all ingredients together in solution|
Dihydrogenated Palmoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate
|biodegradable esterquat from palm oil||softens fabrics|
|rubbing alcohol||denatures alcohol for safety|
|mixture of natural, high-quality essential oils and safe synthetic fragrance ingredients||smells great and provides an aromatherapeutic experience|
Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Extract
|natural cotton extract||helps soften fabrics|
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) oil
|natural essential oil||provides fragrance|
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel oil
|natural essential oil||provides fragrance and cleaning efficacy|
|corn-derived solublizer for enzymes||provides shelf life stability for enzymes|
|natural mineral salt||adjusts product thickness and flow|
|Emulsifier that make oils compatible with water||ensures even dispersion and stability of fragrance|
|plant based emulsifier that makes oils compatible with water||ensures even dispersion and stability of fragrance|
|non-formaldehyde preservative||safe and effective product preservative, < 1% of total volume to ensure shelf life safety|
|non-formaldehyde, preservative||safe and effective product preservative, < 1% of total volume to ensure shelf life safety|
How do you use it? Well, I don’t use it every load and I wouldn’t recommend that you do either. Also, while I’ve never had an issue personally, some have mentioned not to use it on microfiber inserts. When I have stiff inserts out of the dryer I know the next wash will include Mrs. Meyers. Just follow your normal wash routine and add a half cap full (1 oz) to your final rinse cycle. Then ENJOY!
I have been using either Ecover or Mrs. Meyers Fabric Softener for over a year now and have had no problems. I would say follow due diligence and do your own research to determine if using these fabric softeners on your cloth diapers is the right decision for you.
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.