On the importance of choosing detergent

If you are like me, you probably wander up and down the supermarket aisles, choosing the same brands of products you always get, because it’s the quickest, easiest way to get out of there as fast as possible. Standing in the aisle inspecting every jar, package, bottle or box to read the ingredients list is just tedious, or even liable to tip one’s mental state over the edge if shopping with a couple of overtired youngsters in tow...

Which detergent should I use to wash my nappies?

If you are like me, you probably wander up and down the supermarket aisles, choosing the same brands of products you always get, because it’s the quickest, easiest way to get out of there as fast as possible. Standing in the aisle inspecting every jar, package, bottle or box to read the ingredients list is just tedious, or even liable to tip one’s mental state over the edge if shopping with a couple of overtired youngsters in tow...

So you get home, chuck on some laundry using the same detergent you’ve been using for years without even a thought. You know not to use fabric softener with your cloth nappies, but did you know that your detergent choice can also affect them?

Did you know that detergents labelled for ‘Sensitive Skin’ generally contain softeners?
Did you know that detergents ‘guaranteed to brighten your colours and whites’ contain optical brighteners, similar to napisan?
What about detergents that promise to give your load a lovely fresh scent? Yep, you guessed it, this one contains added enzymes as well, and these ones are often the culprits that cause skin irritations.
None of these is great for the environment either.

The detergent aisle of the supermarket is huge – it’s a marketers dream really, they way they promote some added benefit that sounds totally desirable – I mean, who wouldn’t love their washing to come out guaranteed smelling fresh and looking clean and bright – when in actual fact, this means that more and unnecessary ingredients have gone into the box!

Fabric like bamboo – indeed, any kind of towel, be it cotton or bamboo – needs a very basic, very plain detergent. Any of the bells and whistles will stop the fabric doing it’s job of being absorbent. The oils contained in softeners coat the fibres of the fabric and build up to the point where the fabric is unable to absorb at all, the wee simply runs off and out the leg holes. Optical brighteners can actually be corrosive on natural fibres over time, so best to avoid them or you’ll end up with holes in your boosters.

And other added enzymes, such as perfumes, well they are just best avoided for the health of your baby’s sensitive skin! The one time my son Hamish ever had nappy rash was when I used a different detergent (hadn’t read the box) and his gorgeous chubby little bot bot came out with hideous bright red welts all over!

Not to mention that all these additives are really no good for our environment either!

So what do we recommend using with our nappies? We swear by our own Premium Laundry Detergent, the first of its kind made in Australia specifically for use with Modern Cloth Nappies. Increase the performance of your nappies with a salt-free, all-natural detergent that is gentle on sensitive skin as well as on the nappy fabrics.

And what do you do if you’ve made a boo boo and used the wrong kind of detergent? Well, don’t panic, there is an easy solution. Simply give your stash a strip wash and you’ll be back on track again!