I’ve been asked about Mrs. Meyers Fabric Softener and cloth diapers three separate times today. I think it’s safe to say that other people might be wondering about it too. Is it on the fabled DO NOT USE on cloth diapers list? Will it make your cloth diapers smell pretty and buttery soft but leak like a faucet at the first pee? I’d like you to look at a few scientific studies showing evidence that unequivocally proves the safety of using plant based fabric softeners (like Mrs. Meyer’s or Ecover) on cloth diapers…
WAIT…there aren’t any.
A while back I shared how much I big puffy heart love Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender on my cloth diapers. I wrote about all the ingredients and what they did. I even explained exactly how to use it on cloth diapers. Now, I’m going to share with you the same answer I gave to the person who asked about it in our Facebook chat group.
Scientifically speaking, NO fabric softener is good for cloth diapers because by design it is meant to coat the fabric to make it soft. Per Mrs. Meyer’s website:
Q. Can I use your fabric softener on a “no softeners” fabric?A. We do not recommend using our fabric softener on clothing items that state to not use fabric softeners when laundering. Our Fabric softener works to soften and protect your clothing from static by coating the fabric. This action would render any quick dry fabric to not dry quickly.
WHAT? Is this stuff safe on cloth diapers or not?
Anecdotally speaking, thousands of people have used plant based fabric softeners (Mrs. Meyers or Ecover) on cloth diapers for years with no issues. Myself included. There are many, many sources also stating that it is safe to use on cloth diapers. The only precaution noted by some sources is to only use on natural fibers (no microfiber/fleece or PUL).
Here are a few of the sources I found:
Personally, I’ve never separated anything out in my cloth diaper wash. I’ve used both Mrs. Meyer’s and Ecover Fabric softener on all of my inserts (natural and synthetic) and pul/tpu covers and I’ve never had an issue. Maybe I’m just throwing caution to the wind. Could you have a problem? Possibly. Just because it works for anyone else, myself included, is no guarantee that it will work for you. If you are concerned that it could void your cloth diaper warranty, contact the manufacturer first. Always exercise good judgment, caution and go with what you are comfortable with and what works best for YOU and YOUR family.
I don’t recommend using it every wash. Also, you only need a tiny bit (1 oz per load). Check here for full instructions. Plant based softeners like Mrs. Meyers rinse out differently than commercially available synthetic softeners making occasional use safe for most cloth diaper users.
I highly recommend the Lavender scent from Mrs. Meyer’s. It’s heavenly! In case you are wondering, I have received no compensation whatsoever to write this post. However, I have included affiliate links for purchasing Mrs. Meyer’s Fabric Softener. Your purchases help to keep this website running and I appreciate it! But even without that, I would still tell you to try it.
I’d love for you to share your personal experience of using Mrs. Meyer’s or Ecover on your cloth diapers. If you did happen to have any issues, be sure to share exactly what you used, how much of it and on what type of material.
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.