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    Posted: 31 Mar 2012 at 11:08pm
What detergent do you use to wash cotton flats/prefolds?  Do I need to buy a special detergent?  I have read in some places that good old fashioned Tide works best and others say that is the worst thing I could use.  It seems like the more I read the more confused I get.
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The thing with prefolds and flats is that they are quiet forgiving. If you used something and get build up, it is easily undone with a few extra rinses and a change of routine/detergent?

Do you have a front loader or a top? Do you have any water issues (hard, iron) anything like that?

Since I'm in Canada, I really hesitated at buying detergent online. I knew it might be the end of my cloth diaper experience if I had to pay for shipping and wait for it to show up at my door. So I found something local with no dyes, fragrance, enzymes and whiteners. Gave it a try and after 3 years and 2 kids later it is still working and I've had no skin troubles or build up.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MomBeck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2012 at 12:36am
It seems like it depends more on your LOs skin. My DD can't have any fragrance but Tide free is fine. My favorite detergent is Charlies but as long as you aren't using fabric softener and your baby isn't reacting to it any detergent is fine!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sarah2106 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2012 at 9:56am
This is my favorite detergent listing
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I have a small (portable) top loading washer and soft city water.  I know I have the option of stripping the dipes if need be, but it seem like a PITA and I'd rather avoid it if possible.  Also, how many diapers can you comfortably do in a single wash and get them good and clean?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lflips Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2012 at 11:26am
 I use homemade detergent. I've never had any problems with build up and it is a lot cheaper than store bought. When we do diaper laundry we generally wash about 2 dozen plus family cloth. With that said we wash twice because we aren't dealing with nb poop. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote expectingnumber2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2012 at 3:07pm
I use Country Save but even thought I use mostly natural fiber diapers I have a couple of pocket diapers in the mix sometimes.  I also have hard water.
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So as long as I make sure that the diapers are completely rinsed out after each washing the detergent doesn't really matter?
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Yes. An extra rinse usually does it for us.

I usually wash between 10 and 15 diaper a load. Every other or every third day. I have enough diapers that we can go 4 days ( if we are really busy and it doesn't make it to the top of the priority list), but I usually split it into two loads.
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I wash approx 2 dozens diapers at a time and use Tide. I always do an extra rinse and when I use bleach I do a double rinse.
I think I've tried almost all detergents on my dipes, IMO the trick is the rinsing.
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thanks so much - you all make it sound so easy and everything I read from other places makes it sound so overwhelming
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i use mountain green free and clear and have well water it works great :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote txmom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Apr 2012 at 11:35am
I use Tide and have well water and haven't had any problems. But my kids don't seem to be sensitive to anything so I also do fine just buying whatever detergent happens to be on sale.
 
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There is good info in this pdf file about washing diapers. It should help you in making your decisions.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mamma22boys Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Apr 2012 at 11:47am

I use any free/clear detergent and have normal city water.  I have a mix of PF, Flats, pockets, AIO.

I also use a small dash of bleach

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Post Options Post Options   Quote shirleymoonie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2012 at 10:26am
I've just started out using my normal Planet Ark detergent. Never really put any thought into it. I hope it is okay.
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Hi all, 
I am also new to CD and I live in a part of Canada where our detergent selection is really limited. Tide, Sunlight, Purex and Method seem to be the most available and then some Seventh Generation and Arm and Hammer.   I cannot get the "CD Safe" detergents on the pinstripes and polkadot list without ordering them online.  It is rather frustrating!! 
I was looking into using Tide and I see from the comments above that it can work well.  About how much detergent would you use in a load of say 18-24 diapers? Our washer is a standard top loading machine.  Would you use the liquid or the powder?  I have a mix of PF's, AIO's, fitteds and pockets. 
 
Wonder why some diaper manufacturers say that Tide is ok and others say it is not.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MomBeck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2012 at 9:26pm
When I use Tide I use up to the 1 line for around 2 dozen diapers. I think Tide got a bad reputation without mfgs doing much real research on it. As long as you're rinsing it out and not letting it build up in your diapers it's totally fine!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote zsoka Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2012 at 9:35pm
Thanks for the quick reply.  I think I will use up the Rock N Green that we have from baby gifts and then give Tide a go.  By the time I get Rock N Green up here is costs me an arm and a leg!!
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