Our favorite baby is 6.5 months old, but we are still trying to master the art of cleaning our cloth diapers in hard water. Much like pimping, sifting through all the info on cloth diapering and figuring out what works for us ain't easy.
Originally, I was using Rocking Green soap but then I was all like, “Shit’s expensive. Any free and clear soap should do according to all the things I read.” So I started using the Biokleen free and clear powdered detergent combined with Calgon and that seemed to work. For a while. Then I stripped the diapers with RLR. The first time went great and I thought I was in love. Then I did it a second time and I was pretty Meh about it.
My inserts were not as fluffy as they once were and they weren't absorbing as well and I was starting to get sad about it, so I did MORE research, because that’s what I do, and I decided a week or two ago to go back to the beginning, with some changes.
For the record, I’m not affiliated with Rockin Green or Calgon or anyone or anything other than myself and my desire to get my diapers clean and working in an optimal state or something.
I ordered Rockin Green’s Hard Rock (in Lavender Mint scent, because it was cheaper) from Amazon along with some Funk Rock. I followed the instructions on the Funk Rock and soaked my diapers in it for a couple of hours, then realized I should have soaked them in the Rockin Green instead, so I threw some of that in there, too, and let it sit for a few more hours. Then I washed them per the instructions on the Rockin Green, including a second rinse at the end (which I don’t normally do).
I've got to say, I wish I had never deviated from the cleaning power and brilliance of Rockin Green. Not counting the initial prep wash, I have washed my diapers twice since I received my Rockin Green in the mail and my inserts are already way fluffier than they have been for the past month or so. I’ve been throwing a tablespoon of funk rock in with my pre-rinse, then about 3 tablespoons of Rockin Green for the wash and yeah. No more Calgon. No more stripping with RLR. No more using other, less superior soaps. This is obviously true love because Rockin Green let me go, but I came back. And it let me come back.
Don’t worry, Rockin Green, girl, baby doll. I love you and I will never leave you again. My eye may wander from time to time, but I know you’re the soap for me. Sure you’re a bit on the spendy side, but you’re worth it. Only the best for my baby’s bottom.
Also, I have a box of Calgon and decided to use it with my regular laundry. Terrible idea. I washed all my bedding and my favorite blanket came out kind of coarse feeling, if that makes sense? The texture is just off, and I’m big on texture.
In other news…
Hamburglar McCloud, aka Chumbercules, aka Sir Screams-a-Lot, is becoming more and more mobile. He’s not quite crawling yet, but he gets on all fours and rocks. And he rolls, army crawls, and does a version of The Worm where he scoots his butt towards his belly, then lifts his front up and throws it forwards. Of course, with this mobility comes more interest in the things we would rather he not be interested in; like the DVDs and the fire place. I am impressed with his efforts to remove the giant bolts from the cast iron fire place doors, though. I did finally put outlet covers in, though. He was getting over to the outlets a bit too often for my taste.
And I think that's it... for now.