Lately, I’ve had a lot of people ask me if they can use the Norwex Laundry detergent to wash their cloth diapers. My typical response is “why would you?”
Now I’m probably going to upset a lot of Norwex Sales Consultants here – but remember, I’m a Norwex Sales Consultant too, so please just bear with me.
If you’re cloth diapering (CD’ing for those in the know) the sweet cheeks of your little darling, you’re probably doing it for 1 of 3 reasons:
- environment – although some municipalities now compost disposable diapers, the truth is, people are still throwing disposables into the garbage and they’re a major contributor to our landfills. You CD’ing moms and dads out there know the environmental benefits of your chosen diapering system (although granted, we do use a lot of water – more on that later – and there’s the whole textile manufacturing process vs the environment debate…)
- health – c’mon, let’s face it, you feel good when you put an organic, unbleached cotton diaper on your babe’s bum don’t you? I don’t get that warm-fuzzy feeling when I peel off a disposable diaper, kiss my baby’s bottom and come away with little crystals of I don’t know what(!) on my lips.
- economics – although there is a somewhat substantial upfront cost, you’re going to save in the long run (especially if you use the diapers for more than one child and then turn around and sell them when you’re done)
Now if you’re using cloth diapers, you know you need a good detergent. One that is going to rinse completely out, is dye free, non-toxic, hypoallergenic etc, etc, etc.
Do an internet search on “cloth diaper detergent” and you’ll find an overwhelming number of options. There are a lot of sites out there that provide a table comparing detergents and identify which ones are suitable for cloth diapers. In any case, you’ll probably also find a multitude of good and bad reviews for each detergent.
If you’re looking for a detergent that’s safe for cloth diapers (or a detergent that’s safe for your Norwex and/or e-cloth products), you can’t go wrong with this list at Diaper Jungle.
Thinking of the environment and health, it’s not hard to find a cloth diapering detergent that’s environmentally friendly and any detergent worth its salt is going to be super kind to your little baby’s nether regions. The trick is to find one that works for you – which is going to depend on your washing machine, the type of water (hard or soft) that you have and personal preference.
That leaves us with economics. If you’ve got cloth diapers in your house, chances are you’re doing a LOT of laundry. Not just diapers – dirty clothes, towels, blankets, car seat covers… oh GOD, the laundry.
So why in blue blazes would you pay $20.99 to do 40 loads?! That’s 52 cents/load! Doesn’t sound like much? Well, I’m only paying 15 cents/load (which incidentally is a lot more than I’d be paying if I lived in the States instead of Canada, but don’t get me started on that). And guess what, I can wash all my laundry with that detergent – including my heavy-duty dog walking clothes and my sexy lingerie with that detergent. OK, I don’t have any sexy lingerie so you can blink that mental image away now.
To be perfectly honest, as a Norwex Sales Consultant, I get a good discount on the Norwex detergent, but I still haven’t tried it. That’s how expensive it is.