When I was first researching cloth diapers and deciding to use them, I wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting into. One of those things I researched was the washing routines and detergents. It seemed a little daunting at first, but I kept researching. Over and over, I saw people saying how much they loved EcoSprout, so I had to check it out.
The first thing I noticed is that it is created by a work-at-home-dad who wanted something natural and safe for his cloth diapers. They list their ingredients right on the site: Sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate, natural water softeners, sodium carbonate, sodium sulfate, natural & biodegradable surfactants. (#2ural fragrance in our scented formulas only).
You can purchase it in three sizes; 24, 48 and 96 oz. and it comes in unscented (in the buff) as well as green tea, lilac breeze, ocean blue, sandalwood vanilla, lavender chamomile, warm vanilla sugar and fresh linen. They are very lightly scented with the subtlest of natural oils. It comes in a super cute little bag with a plastic zippered pouch with the detergent inside. As soon as I opened the box it came in I could smell it. Yum! But, when I washed with it, I never noticed a smell on my diapers.
They recommend doing a soak first when switching to EcoSprout, and then using the following as an average guideline for washing. They even include this chart and directions in the package so you don’t have to get on the computer to figure it out.
|Type of machine||Type of Water||Amount of detergent|
|High Efficiency front loader||Soft Water||1-2 TBSP|
|High Efficiency front loader||Regular Water||2-3 TBSP|
|High Efficiency front loader||Hard Water||2-4 TBSP|
|Top Loading machine||Soft Water||2 TBSP|
|Top Loading machine||Regular Water||2-4 TBSP|
|Top Loading machine||Hard Water||3-4 TBSP|
** The above chart is the recommended amount of detergent for an average size load of diapers (15-20 diapers). If you are washing a smaller or larger load, you can adjust the amount of detergent accordingly.
When I first started with the detergent, I did the soak. I think I had a lot of build up from a previous detergent because there were tons of bubbles. Once I did a couple rinses, they were nice and clean. At first, I was trying too many variables with the washing routine, but I contacted EcoSprout, and Jared, the creator and owner himself wrote me back. We troubleshooted (troubleshot?) back and forth and discovered I was using too much detergent and not enough water. I went back to a simple, recommended routine and now my diapers are clean and don’t stink (by the way, I have a top loader, with soft water. I do a warm rinse. And a hot wash with 2T detergent, and then two cold rinses).
The only thing I’d like to see if getting rid of the plastic bag the detergent is in. I’d like to see something that’s better for the environment as well as the little zipper slider broke off. I just put it in a jar and all was well.
EcoSprout would like to give one reader their own 24oz bag (around 24-48 loads) in their choice of fragrance.
*I received a sample to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post.
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