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. 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 third post on the issue, with this one addressing Dyes and Fragrances.

Dyes have no use in detergents, besides coloring the liquid. Dyes may not totally rinse out of the diapers. They can be toxic to aquatic organisms, and harmful to baby’s skin. Dyes may contribute to diaper rash.

• Best to avoid

Fragrances can be natural or artificial, but are never necessary. Keep in mind that although we like nice smelling clothing, babies are more sensitive than adults, and can be overwhelmed by fragrance.

Natural fragrance would come from essential oils of flowers and/or plants. Although natural, they can cause skin and/or respiratory irritation. Oils can also inhibit the absorbing properties of cloth diapers. Natural fragrances may contribute to diaper rash, depending on the concentration.

• Use with caution.

Artificial fragrances are often made from petroleum, and can be toxic to aquatic organisms. They can cause eye and skin irritation, as well as respiratory reactions. They are typically more concentrated than natural fragrance, and will last on the clothing longer. Artificial fragrances may contribute to diaper rash.

• Best to avoid.

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 to support@thirstiesbaby.com. I will get them there!

Written by Sonya Choron 3/23/12