Sunday, June 20, 2010

Laundry Time!

I have a confession:  I love doing my cloth diaper laundry.  I love it because I have a secret weapon.

The choice to cloth diaper means overcoming a bunch of obstacles:  the initial diaper investment, the disparaging comments from friends and family, and probably the most daunting of all: the laundry.

To me, the cloth diaper laundry is NBD.  My routine is simple:  cold water rinse cycle, add detergent, warm/cold cycle, and then dry on the line.  I never have stains, and the diapers always smell gorgeous, but that's because I cheat.  I use my secret weapon: Crunchy Clean.
Crunchy Clean is an earth-friendly detergent formulated specially for cloth diapers.  I've tried a number of commercial detergents (All Free & Clear, 20 Mule Team Borax, Arm & Hammer) and a few SAHM-made products, but Crunchy Clean has been my lifesaver.  It does the job extraordinarily well, but the best part is the scent:  you can order your Crunchy Clean in one of several dozen amazing scents (my favorite is "Welcome Home" - they bill it as "graham crackers, vanilla frosting, creamy caramel, and juicy raisins" but I totally think it is yummy 'Nilla Wafers).  I often read about moms dealing with cloth diapers that smell like ammonia, but I never have that problem.  Crunchy Clean costs a touch more than some of the detergents I've tried, but it works and the others didn't, so the price isn't even a consideration.

Crunchy Clean is probably the best piece of advice I can give to a mom new to cloth diapering.  You're welcome in advance. If you need me, I'll be rolling around in a pile of clean diapers. Mmm...'Nilla Wafers.



Captain Cleavage said...

I'm assuming this amazing stuff must be orderd online and is not for sale at my local supertarget huh...

but seriously? Nlla waffers? nomnomnom!

CoconutPalmDesigns said...

I'm really leaning toward cloth diapers for my next baby. I'll have to look for this detergent then.

Great blog! Your little one is so cute. I'm your newest follower.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

Cheers :-)
- Rainforest Mommy

Jenn said...

Sadly, the only place I know to buy it is online, but it is so worth it. The time I have saved in not having to wash and re-wash has been amazing.

And CoconutPalmDesigns - thanks for following! Cloth diapers are the way to go. I have zero regrets about this decision.

Francine said...

You did such a great job in writing this that I just ordered a sample order of 5 scents. I must admit, along with the cleaning powers you say it has, that I can't wait to smell what 'Monkey Farts' smell like.