I’ve been washing Cub’s diapers in some form of Tide for two months or so, and only recently ran out of my gentler options, which I had continued to use on his clothes. The week I started using Tide (Free & Gentle) on his clothing (without any extra rinse cycle, just a normal laundry cycle), he broke out in a rash. I do not know for certain that Tide is the cause of the rash, but it is my prime suspect as it is the only change in his routine that I can think of. Although I’d planned to finish up the bottle of Tide before trying something different, the rash motivated me to do so immediately. Regardless of if I were on this crazy quest, I’d have swapped detergents in case it was causing the rash. The extra rinsing of his diapers washed in Tide might have been the reason his nether regions were spared the rash, or the rash could have a completely different source. I may never know!
So what did I choose? I needed, at the minimum, something A) Readily available, B) Economical, C) Gentler than Tide, D) Having at least some endorsement from other cloth diapering Mamas in Facebook groups.
Added bonus, it was on sale last week at Loblaws!
Nature Clean is pretty much the antithesis of Tide. Let’s be clear: Tide worked for us in that it kept diapers fresh and stink free. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fulfill a bunch of other criteria that, while not being deal breakers (the one and only deal breaker in this quest would be not getting diapers clean), I would at least like to try to respect as much as possible.
Here’s what Nature Clean is bringing to the table:
- An “A” rating from the EWG in its powdered form: safe for us, safe for the earth;
- A complete ingredient list….
- A reasonable price point, about 0.25/load,
- Easy access: It’s found in most major grocery chains.
In a couple cloth diapering Facebook groups, I also heard from Moms who were very satisfied with Nature Clean in either its liquid or powdered form, some reporting using it for “2 years without any problems.” My best endorsement is from Rachel at the Niagara Diaper Service, who swears by the liquid.
For comparison’s sake, here’s the ingredient list for the liquid:
I really, really hope that Nature Clean works, and I’m willing to make compromises, such as tweaking my wash routine, if it means I can stick with a detergent that really meets my militant greenie standards. I will also try the liquid, you know, for science’s sake!
Have you tried Nature Clean?
Update (an observation I’m making ahead of time since I’ve only done one load so far with Nature Clean):
The ingredients in Seventh Generation powder are:
sodium carbonate (mineral water softener and alkalinity builder), laureth-6 (plant-based cleaning agent), sodium aluminosilicate (mineral water softener), sodium citrate (plant-derived water softener), sodium silicate (mineral alkalinity builder), sodium percarbonate (mineral-and oxygen-based stain removal agent), magnesium sulfate (mineral cleaning enhancer), sodium bicarbonate (mineral pH adjuster), lauryl polyglucose (plant-derived cleaning agent), cocos nucifera oil (anti-foaming agent), sodium carboxymethyl inulin (plant-based water softener and soil dispersant), protease and amylase (plant-derived enzyme soil removers), sodium carboxymethylcellulose (plant-based anti-redeposition agent)
I’m curious to compare these two as I’ve heard good things about both. Seventh Gen. seems to have more cleaning power: enzymes, for example.
Gotta pay the bills...