When laundering cloth diapers, there is a list of detergent additives that are cautioned. This is due to the effects they have on your cloth diapers or baby’s skin. Some may be fine for your regular laundry, but not for cloth diapers. The additives to look out for are:

Brighteners
Chlorine Bleach
Dyes
Enzymes
Fragrance
Softeners

How are you supposed to remember all of that? You don’t have to. Simply follow the recommendations of the manufacturer in terms of washing and detergent use. Our Customer Center and FAQs should have all the information you will need.

For those of you who like to know the Whys, I would like to explain the reasons why these additives are not recommended. This is my first post on the issue, with this one addressing Brighteners.

Brighteners, or Optical Brighteners, are actually dyes that stick to the surface of the fabric in the wash. These particles make fabrics seem cleaner by absorbing invisible ultraviolet light, and re-emitting it as blue light. (You can actually see these particles under a black light.) Although these optical brighteners may make your clothes appear brighter, they are chemical residues that are intentionally left behind on your clothes and may cause skin irritation or other allergic reactions.

I have not found any evidence to say that brighteners harm fabric, but our recommendation is to avoid them for the sake of baby’s skin and health.

You can find detergent rating charts at the following sites, which are a great help in choosing a detergent:
http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-chart.html
http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoicesataglancepspd.htm

If you have any questions, please send me an email at support@thirstiesbaby.com!

~Sonya