Eco Nuts® Cloth Diaper Detergent

Soap Nuts for Cloth Diapers

Eco Nuts® cloth diaper detergent naturally keeps your diapers clean, soft, and buildup-free, and helps diapers last longer!

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Soap for Cloth Diapers?

Eco Nuts and Eco Nuts “laundry soap” products are in fact, not a traditional soap. Regular soap is made with oils and lye and can cause buildup in your washing machine  and leave a residue on fabrics. The “soap” that is in Eco Nuts is called  saponin and it is a plant-based surfactant and while it is natural like a soap, it is more similar to a detergent when it comes to laundry.  This means our products leave little to no residue and can even remove residue buildup left by other products.

A Diaper-Safe Fabric Softener Without The Residue

The saponin in Eco Nuts Soap Nuts works differently than traditional detergents and fabric softeners. Traditional fabric softeners work by leaving an oil or wax on fibers which can decrease or even eliminate absorption, causing diapers to leak. Diapers are more prone to residue buildup because they are more absorbent than other fabrics.

Eco Nuts Soap nuts work in a different way and soften by helping to loosen fibers in the dryer instead of coating them with a wax or oil, 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 laundry to be soft and fluffy, and also why Eco Nuts Soap Nuts can be used with other detergents (if you prefer) as a fabric softener that is safe for Cloth Diapers.   Eco Nuts do not contain any kind of waxes or oils – it’s a diaper-safe fabric softener.

Eco Nuts are great for cloth diapers because they do not contain any dyes, enzymes, additives, or fragrances that contribute to the deterioration and excessive wear/tear on diapers.

Our Products vs. other Laundry Detergents

baby doing laundryChemicals 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 detergent is made with organic plant based ingredients, it does not contain harmful toxins that can harm your baby.

Our laundry products use certified USDA Organic 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.

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 laundry options are low-sudsing unlike other 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 be absorbed  by 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:

  1. Flush any solid waste down the toilet. Rinsing with a diaper sprayer is recommended. If you don’t have a diaper sprayer, hand rinse the diaper under running water in the sink before adding your diapers to the pail.
  2. Add a batch of diapers (not more than 24 at a time to help with the agitation) and do a cold prewash.
  3. When this wash cycle is done, Put 5 Eco Nuts in the cloth bag and put it in your washing machine machine.  If you are using Eco Nuts liquid or powdered detergent, follow the directions on the bottle or box for how much to use.
  4. Set your machine to a Hot-Cold cycle and start. You want to wash on a normal/regular cycle which will provide the most agitation and the longest wash time.  The recommended hot temperature is 135°F or above for washing diapers. Be sure to check the temperature on your hot water heater and adjust if necessary. *
  5. After the machine has finished, if you are using the nuts, set the bag aside to dry and your diapers are ready for the clothesline or the dryer.

*Always check with your diaper manufacturer regarding recommended washing procedure and temperature thresholds, especially when washing PUL.

diapers on a clotheslineIf your diapers aren’t getting as white as you would like them, try leaving them in the sun for an effective natural white bleach or trying our Eco Nuts Eco-Friendly Oxygen Booster.

Eco Nuts laundry products all leave very little residue, but we still recommend a strip once in a while for maintenance in some situations.  When properly cared for and washed with Eco Nuts products, diapers shouldn’t need a strip, but because oils from various diaper products and other detergents/fabric softeners used in the same washing machine and dryer can become deeply ingrained in fabric fibers (particularly microfiber) we suggest “maintenance stripping” occasionally if using these products to ensure they come out completely.

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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