Wednesday, June 13, 2012


I’m sure I’ve shared before about the benefits of using Tide detergent for your cloth diapers.  It is recommended by Rumparooz/Kanga Care for their products.  Julie Ekstrom, the creator of Rumparooz, told me once that people run into trouble when they start experimenting with laundry “cocktails” instead of just keeping it simple. 

Tide works!  They have put the resources and research into developing a superior laundry detergent which cleans deep down and gets everything out.  Just what you need for cloth diapers.

I use Tide Ultra, and the powder is better than the liquid because it won’t coat your diapers with a film.  I use 2 Tablespoons per load, for about 20 diapers or so.

Tide for Diapers

Last August I joined Costco and my first purchase was this huge box of Tide Ultra for $25 {or so}.  Just today I emptied the remaining contents of the box into a gallon size Ziploc bag, after I filled my laundry jar on the shelf.  It will definitely last us until August or even longer. 

Detergent Jars
I keep homemade laundry detergent in the jar on the left, and Tide for our diapers in the jar on the right.

So for $25 I washed cloth diapers for a year.  I had 2 kids in diapers for 4 months of the year, and we were potty training with lots of accidents for 2-3 months of the year.  So for about 6 months I washed 3-4 loads per week, and now I wash 2 loads per week.  That’s what I call great value… Rockin’ Green never delivered such great clean at such a great price.

I only use the Tide for my diapers, because I can’t afford it for our regular lundry.  A couple of times I have cheated and used it for laundry when I was desperately out of detergent. 


Unknown said...

I too use Tide and found my diapers actually get cleaner with it. RNG was not getting the job done.

marienkafer said...

Curious... I've read elsewhere that in the case of Tide, the liquid is recommended because the "ultra" formulation adds in stuff that is not good for the dipes. I don't know enough about it to tell you what that "stuff" is of course. Have been considering switching to Tide from Tiny Bubbles as we've been dealing with some ammonia. I am only hesitating because of the strong scent with Tide (I love it, but will it irritate?) and because of the "ultra" tag. Good to see that you are using it with success though... maybe I'll have to try it after all. :)

mommy Orkid Belle said...

I do make homemade laundry detergent too that is also good for CDs. I have not tried using TIDE though. I might have to check up on that one.

mommy Orkid Belle said...

Have you ever had any problems with your diaper using TIDE with your homemade detergent? Just curious!

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