My chunker just turned sever months old! She has been doing plenty of pushups lately, but still shows no signs of crawling soon. I don’t blame her. Getting those chubby thighs moving would be an ambitious undertaking. She is our most mellow baby yet, so I don’t see her becoming mobile too quickly. I can’t say I am not relieved by that thought. I need to magically grow another arm before yet another baby is up and moving. I am convinced I will soon be pregnant with twins just so the world can force me to throw my hands up and admit defeat. I feel like I am just now really getting into a groove again. Since my body is certainly going with that nine months on, none months off thing, maybe my brain is also on that wavelength. so, I have two more months to pull my head out of the clouds?
Anyway, on with the domestic chat…….
How long has it been since we had an edition of the Detergent Wars? If you are an old reader here, you might remember me being a little laundry obsessed. A little. I’ve been known to have nine detergents going at once. Part of it stems from cloth diapering, part of it stems from troubleshooting our stinky athletic wear, and a big part is finding the most efficient way to get things clean in coin operated machines. Now that we have our own washing machine, one would think it would all be easier. Well, our washer is a lovely harvest gold colored beauty from 1972 and it doesn’t work all that well. So, the Detergent Wars continue!
The Detergent Wars started due to the supposed complexities of cloth diaper laundry. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way! It really can be simple. Seriously. I have cloth diapered three babies so far, and my wash routine is simple for simplicity’s sake. How else do we get anything else done?
Let’s talk about all free clear brand products. Remember those commercials with “the power of A-L-L”? I’m no stranger to all free clear. I’ve used the liquid and powder detergents quite a bit over the years. It was a challenge with the outrageously hard water in our previous apartments and house, but in our new neighborhood, we have a new water source. I can basically do the Detergent Wars all over again!
All free clear has been a decent cloth diaper laundry choice since it is free of dyes and artificial fragrances. With all, you are free to be simple.
I originally started using all free clear because it was eczema safe ( National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance™!), affordable, and my local grocery store actually carried it. As those of you who cloth diaper know, it can be a hassle to find cloth friendly detergents that don’t involve obscure websites with heavy duty shipping costs. Admittedly, I prefer powder detergents, and I have had great results with the all free clear powder. However, my local store only carries the liquid, so I decided recently to give the liquid mighty pacs with stainlifters a whirl.
Washing your cloth diapers with all free clear packets
- Run diapers through a pre-rinse with cold water.
- Add TWO all free clear packets to load. (If you have an he machine, you might want to only use one mighty pac. Also, never put the packet in a detergent dispenser. Just place it right in the drum.)
- Program washer to the longest wash cycle (heavy duty) with hot water wash. If you have a warm rinse option, go for it, otherwise a cold rinse is fine.
- Optional second cold rinse for very soft water or very large loads.
Ingredients: anionic and nonionic surfactants, enzymes, Stablizer, brighteners (Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Ethoxylated Lauryl Alcohol, Sodium Silicate, Sodium Cocoate , Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Stilbene disulfonic acid triazine derivative.
*A note about brighteners – some people are anti-brighteners since they simply make fabrics appear brighter due to reflective silicates. I have never had an issue with these, nor have they aggravated my son’s eczema over the years.We have been using all free clear products on and off on our cloth diapers for five years with out an issue.
Using my normal diaper laundry routine above, my diapers come out smelling clean and looking clean. Luckily, I have not had any issues with repelling or residue while using the Mighty Pacs. The only times in the past I had issues with any all detergent was if I did not do a pre-rinse. I use it as any other detergent for regular laundry. I highly suggest two packets for large loads, or loads filled with stinky athletic wear. The longest cycle on my washer is only 14 minutes, and I have not had any issues with the packets dissolving. For extra savings, I am checking my local Costco to see if they carry these.
Overall, I like the all free clear mighty pacs. It is one of the few liquid detergents I will use, plus the packets keep me from overdosing my laundry with detergent, which is something I tend to do far too often. Way to keep me in line mighty pacs!
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