Which washing powder should I use to wash my cloth nappies?
Here at Babi Pur we often get asked what detergent you should use to wash your cloth nappies. Well we have a special home and laundry section which has a good range of detergents from Rockin Green, Violets and Tots Bots. So what’s different about these detergents and why can’t you just use powder from the supermarket? We’re not saying all supermarket detergents are bad but there are some you should avoid because they will void the warranty on your nappies.
Nasty detergents – nasty detergents contain things like fillers, chemical scents and optical brighteners. Often these nasties are designed to cling to your clothes to make them appear bright and sparkly and smell nice so you go ooooooh when you take them out of the machine. The problem with these and cloth nappies is that the nasties build up in the fabric and reduce their absorbency boooooo! Not only that, you probably don’t want these nasties next to your babies bottom. bumGenius quote on their warranty page that you cannot use detergents containing enzymes, brighteners, dyes and perfumes.
There are also some eco detergents which although don’t contain additives they have a high citrus content which can cause natural fabrics to wear out prematurely.
Good detergents for cloth nappies – Violets magic laundry powder, Rockin Green and Tots bots nappy potion are all good choices for washable nappies. Why? You guessed it, they don’t have all those gunky additives that build up on your nappies. They clean and they rinse away, simple.
The packets can look small for the cost of these products but when you look at the washing loads they do they actually work out quite economical. The packs are smaller because you use less detergent and you use less detergent because they’re not full of fillers, just detergent.
So give one a try, we’re certain you’ll be converted! And once you’ve tried them you’ll be doing all your washing with them!