Soap Nuts for Cloth Diapers
Eco Nuts® cloth diaper detergent naturally keeps your diapers clean, soft, and buildup-free, and helps diapers last longer!
A common reason why cloth diapers leak is residue buildup. Fabric softener will additionally make the diapers less absorbent. Even if you use free and clear or other so-called “natural detergents,” they can leave a residue on your fabric that causes it to become less absorbent. This residue can additionally cause diaper rash. Diapers are more prone to residue buildup because they are more absorbent than other fabrics.
Eco Nuts leave very little residue, so you don’t have to strip as often. It will even remove residue buildup left behind by other products.
Eco Nuts are great for cloth diapers because they do not contain any dyes, enzymes, softeners, or fragrances that contribute to the deterioration and excessive wear/tear on diapers.
Eco Nuts very effectively removes all lingering smells.
The saponin in Eco Nuts actually helps to loosen fibers in the dryer instead of tightening them, keeping your diapers as absorbent as they were when you first bought them, even after many, many washes. This loosening effect that saponin has on fibers is also why no fabric softener is needed for your diapers to be soft and fluffy.
Our Products vs. other Laundry Detergents
Chemicals found in most commercially-sold detergents can aggravate conditions such as eczema and psoriasis in areas where the fabric comes into contact with your baby’s skin. Moreover, allergic reactions in the form of a red itchy rash can appear around the openings of the diaper at the tummy or thighs. This is different from the rash that appears beneath the diaper. Because our cloth diaper detergent is organic, it does not contain harmful toxins that can harm your baby.
Our detergent for cloth diapers uses soap nuts harvested from trees grown without the use of chemicals or fertilizers. Saponin in the fruit naturally protects the trees from insects, so no pesticides have to be used. Unlike other soap nuts available out there, ours are de-seeded and sterilized —that’s the main difference.
Both Eco Nuts soap nuts and liquid detergents can be used for High Efficiency machines and are even great for hard water and grey water systems. Our all-natural soaps are low-sudsing unlike other cloth diaper detergents that use artificial foaming agents. The amount of foam produced simply does not represent cleaning power.
We are loved and approved by many Cloth Diaper manufacturers!
How to wash your cloth diapers with Eco Nuts
Before you start – We recommend a diaper strip AND a washing machine strip. This is especially needed if any standard chemical detergent has been used in the washing machine in the last couple of months. These leave a residue in the machine that can be removed by Eco Nuts and transfer to the diapers. To strip your washing machine, you can run a hot load with no garments and just Eco Nuts. White vinegar is optional. This will strip all residue from your washing machine. After the washing machine strip, strip your diapers using your favorite method and you are good to go.
Diapers and machine stripped and ready? Here’s what you do:
- Flush any solid waste down the toilet.
- Throw a batch of diapers (not more than 24 at a time to help with the agitation) and do a cold prewash.
- When this wash cycle is done, Put 4-5 Eco Nuts in the cloth bag and put it in your laundry machine. If your washing machine runs very hot with the hot cycle, fewer Eco Nuts are recommended. If you are using homemade Eco Nuts liquid, use 1-2 tablespoons. If you are using Eco Nuts liquid detergent, follow the directions on the bottle for your machine type.
- Set your machine to a Hot-Cold cycle and start.
- If you are using the nuts, set the bag aside to dry and your diapers are ready for the clothesline or the dryer.
If your diapers aren’t getting as white as you would like them, try leaving them in the sun for an effective natural white bleach. After drying in the sun, toss in the dryer for a few minutes to soften them up.
Eco Nuts’ cloth diaper detergent leaves very little residue, but diapers should still be stripped once in a while for proper maintenance.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding our detergent for cloth diapers and other products.
Hints about additives:
- Bleach or Borax can deteriorate elastic.
- Bleach additionally deteriorates cloth fibers through oxidation.
- Vinegar can set odors into synthetics such as microfiber.
- Read more about disinfectants in laundry
- Be sure to check with your diaper manufacturer because some additives may void your warranty.
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