Cloth Diaper Detergents Leaving Chemical Burns? Fact or Fiction?
You can’t do much cloth diaper research at all before you come across the topic of cloth diaper safe detergents. “Use XYZ but not ABC. ABC left chemical burns on my babies bottom.” It gets a little hairy, how do you choose? There’s a lot of conflicting information online. Some manufacturers even put select detergents on their list of detergents to AVOID, in fact some go so far as to say that if you use THAT detergent you will have VOIDED your cloth diapers manufacturer warranty!
I decided to ask the experts, the manufacturers of the detergents themselves. And when I say manufacturers I mean the families who personally created the product and who manage and oversee their production. I personally interviewed the owners of the companies below and have the FACTS, their answers, to share with you all.
- uses too much detergent with too little water (causing a build-up)
- uses too little detergent with too much water (causing an ammonia build-up)
- if the child just has a sensitivity to one of the ingredients in the detergent
- Poorly performing washer
- Overloaded washer (washing too many things at once)
- Too little water used
- Hard Water
- Too little detergent used
Proper rinsing, proper dosage, and disinfecting can help you perfect your cloth diaper wash routine.
Rockin’ Green Soap
Can Rockin’ Green Soap cause burns or irritations?
The second cause, and perhaps the most common cause of diaper rash and “burns” have to do with ammonia. When urine is left in the diaper (either from insufficient rinsing at the beginning of your routine, not enough/too much soap, lack of hot water…etc) it will quickly convert to ammonia which can burn babies skin.
I’m Julie, a former cloth diaper retailer who discovered a passion for the industry. Now, instead of selling cloth diapers, I advocate them and promote small businesses I love who sell and manufacture them.
I’m the wife of a fireman and mother of three. I have a 13yr old daughter and identical twin sons who are 10yrs old.