I recently brought up OxiClean on the All About Cloth Diapers Facebook page. And oh boy, did we get a big response. I wanted to know how people felt about using it on their cloth diapers. Is it a big no no? Or do many moms secretly get their cloth diapers squeaky clean by using it?
There was an overwhelming response in favor of using what works. And for many, OxiClean is where it is at!I recently had a struggle with my wash routine. I have an old school top loader and semi-hard water. I use TIDE.
I had no problems at all up until Tide switched their formula. You know the one that now includes the little blue flecks. After that, things started to go awry. Everything seemed clean. I didn’t have any stink problems or leaks. There was, however, one major problem. My daughter’s bottom seemed to be red all the time.
At first I thought it might be an ammonia problem. It wasn’t. I thought maybe the detergent wasn’t rinsing out. I did what seemed like a million rinses. Still red. I tried Calgon. Didn’t help.
Next, I soaked all my diapers in bleach. Guess what? No redness!!
There was some bad news about the bleach. I had faded 2 or 3 of my favorite WAHM diapers. It was a sad day. I didn’t really want to use bleach on my daughters diapers and I REALLY didn’t want to fade any more of them! I had to find something *like* bleach, but not bleach.
Then I tried OxiClean. It was the solution to all my problems. Do I think it is ok to use it? Yes, I do. May it shorten the life of my cloth diapers ever so slightly? Maybe…but my newly clean cloth diapers and my daughter’s clear bottom was way more important.
One word of caution is that overtime, and with continued use, it may fade knit fabrics. Cloth wipes, fitteds, and work at home mom cloth diapers can fade.
There are also a few other greener OxiClean alternatives on the market. One of Autumn’s favorites that she uses occasionally in her own wash routine is Grab Green Bleach Alternative. I personally prefer the OxiClean Free and Versatile version as I’ve found it to rinse out way easier than the original.
Here is how I now wash my cloth diapers:
-I usually wash cloth diapers every 3-4 days. (You can go longer, but they are exponentially harder to get clean as more time passes.)
-Warm prewash. I have a basic old school top loader. None of the cycles are all that long. So I use the heavy duty cycle for my prewash. Warm water. And just let the whole cycle run. I add tide to the 2 line for a full load.
-Hot main wash; Tide to the 3 line, OxiClean to the 2 line for a full load. I use the heavy duty cycle again and let the full cycle run.
-One additional hot rinse because there are still a ton of suds left. If I don’t do this, my daughter’s bum gets red. You may not need the extra rinse. Do what works for you.
Just in case you are wondering, I line dry my shells and dry the inserts and wipes in the dryer on hot.
What works for one, may not work for another. If you are having problems with your cloth diapers and you can’t seem to figure it out. Read my top 10 washing tips and see if anything makes sense for your situation. ;) Still have issues? Reach out!
Just don’t give up!
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.