If you follow my posts, you know that I am a big fan of Tide and OxiClean. I have tried many other detergents and that combination seems to be one of the only ones that gets my cloth diapers clean and keeps them that way. That is what works for me. What works for you could be totally different. I really think you should use whatever detergent works for you and your family. The biggest piece of advice I can give you about washing cloth diapers…keep it simple. Since I do love OxiClean so much, I knew I had to try the new Oxiclean Laundry Detergent when I heard about it.
We have an old-school top-loading washing machine, hard water and toddler pee and poo. I pre-rinsed like normal. I used one pak of the OxiClean Detergent in a hot wash and followed with my usual cold and then hot rinse. No bubbles remained and everything smelled good. I dried as usual.
How do I feel about Oxiclean Laundry Detergent? I really wanted to love it. I really wanted it to work. Unfortunately, my daughter’s red bum told a different story.
Besides using Tide and OxiClean Free and Versatile Stain Remover on my cloth diapers, I also use Bac Out when needed. For stains or as an extra ammonia fighting agent in my prewash. The thing with Bac Out is that it contains live enzymes that actually ‘eat’ the source of what is causing odors and stains. You have to be careful with enzymes because if they aren’t completely rinsed out they may cause a rash on your little one.
This is because when your baby ‘goes’, if any trace of the enzymes still remains on the cloth diaper, they will actually begin to work to break down the pee or poo while it is still on your baby. The result usually looks like a bright red rash, something similar to what an ammonia burn might look like.
One of the ingredients that helps OxiClean Laundry Detergent attack stains and smells so effectively is enzymes, specifically proteolytic enzymes. They work in much the same way the live enzymes work in Bac Out.
What I think happened with us is that the enzymes had not been totally rinsed away (even with the two rinses). I tried it on my next cloth diaper wash a few days later and had the same results. Both times Sophia was left with a red bum. I could be wrong about the enzymes being the cause of the redness. Either way, it was not working as well as Tide does for us.
Please remember…and this is important! It didn’t work for me but that doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you. What you are washing, how often you are washing it, what washing machine and which water type…and the detergent all play a different role in getting your cloth diapers clean safely and effectively.
If you find something that works for you… great! That is the most important thing. Always do your own research and use what is best for YOU and YOUR family. Click here to read more on whether you really NEED to use cloth diaper safe detergents.
That being said, even though OxiClean Laundry Detergent didn’t pan out for my cloth diapers, I really do love using it on our clothes!
Have you tried the new OxiClean Laundry Detergent? How did it work 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.