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Detergent Index Cloth Diapers

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Updated: December 28, 2019

What is a Detergent Index?

 
Our detergent index is continuely updated to bring you the most accurate and up to date information. Please keep in mind, what works for one person may not be suitable for you or your cicumstances. It’s best to test the recommendations below and use your own judegment.
 

A detergent index is an alphabetical listing of laundry detergent products with references to the usage, type, amounts, recommendations, etc., Our detergent index could be used by nearly anyone researching detergent usage however our main goal was to bring you a detergent index for the purpose of determining which detergent products would be best for your modern cloth diapers!

 

Detergent Index Recommendation Criteria

 
A detergent is generally not recommended if it contains any of the following:

  • Fabric Softeners: Fabric Softener is a big no-no. It will cause diapers to repel wetness and leak everywhere. Fabric softeners can also leave harsh chemicals on your cloth diapers which will irritate your childs tiny tush!
  • Soap-Based Detergents: You’ll want to make sure you use a detergent, not a soap. Soap will build up and cause them to repel.
  • Bleach: Bleach will slowly wear down the fibers and cause irritation and rashes. Be careful when using a bleach alternative such as OxiClean, it will break down any waterproof layer and make covers and AIOs leak! It can be useful for soakers and prefolds, though. The main ingredient in OxiClean is very similar to a powdered form of hydrogen peroxide, so don’t use Clorox 2 on anything waterproof.
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Active
Active Wear Detergent (Optim)
Great for uniforms and work wear.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
All Free And Clear Liquid Military
All Free And Clear Liquid Military
Great for uniforms, hunting clothes, and work wear.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Allens 150x150
Allens Naturally Powder
Best for babies with sensitive skin, however, doesn’t clean very well!

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
  • Rinses well in cold water
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Allens Powder 150x150
Allens Naturally Ultra Powder
Although there are no brighteners, the label reads “Not recommended for military uniforms”.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Allens Liquid Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent 150x150
Allens Naturally Liquid
Allen’s Naturally liquid laundry detergent requires only 1/4 oz for HE Machines.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Attitude Baby Fragrance-Free
Attitude Baby Fragrance-Free
Good plant-based option. Use half a cap in prewash and a whole cap and a half in the main wash. Wash on hot and add a water softener if your water is at all hard.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • Awesome for sensitive skin and eczema!
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Attitude Ylang Ylang And Tangerine Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent Liquid 1800ml 4
Ylang-Ylang & Tangerine
Good plant-based option. Use half a cap in prewash and a whole cap and a half in the main wash. Wash on hot and add a water softener if your water is at all hard.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • Good Value For Money
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Lavendar Grapefruit Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
Attitude
Lavender & Grapefruit
Good plant-based option. Use half a cap in prewash and a whole cap and a half in the main wash. Wash on hot and add a water softener if your water is at all hard.

  • No Optical Brighteners
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Baby Ganics Laundry Detergent Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
BabyGanics Loads of Love 3X, Fragrance-Free
Loads of Love is an unscented detergent that has none of all the “bad stuff” in regular laundry detergent. This means that it is free from petrolatum, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrance, and parabens.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Chlorine, phthalates, phosphates, synthetic fragrances, or dyes
  • No Dyes
  • No Phthalates
  • No Fragrance
  • No Phosphates
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Babyganics
BabyGanics 3X Lavender liquid
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Chlorine, phthalates, phosphates, synthetic fragrances, or dyes
  • No Dyes
  • No Phthalates
  • No Synthetic Fragrance
  • No Phosphates
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Closeup Detergents H240
Bio-O-Kleen Liquid Laundry Detergent
The liquid brand is a good choice

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Perfumes
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Biokleen Laundry Powder Free And Clear 10 Lb Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
Bio-O-Kleen Powder Free & Clear
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • Contains Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Bumgenius
BumGenius Powder
Moms report cloth diapers are clean, and no funky smell.  Commonly used on both pocket diapers and prefolds.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Bumgenius Liquid
BumGenius Clean & Gentle Liquid
Plant Derived, GMO Free, Cruelty Free & Sulfate Free makes this an excellent choice.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Laundry Detergent Caldrea Sweet Pea Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
Caldrea
Sweet Pea Laundry Detergent
Contains plant-derived surfactants, Borax and essential oils of Geranium, Orange, Jasmine, Coriander, Rose and Bergamot.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
He Safe? No Recommended? Yes
Charlie Banana Detergent Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
Charlie Banana Powder Fragrance-Free
No lingering chemical-based fragrance. It’s completely free from perfume or parabens. It dissolves quickly in cold water, and you won’t have to worry about residues on your clothes after rinsing the soap off. This works great for babies and individuals who suffer from allergic reactions to certain components in regular laundry soaps. Safe and effective for all fabrics including silk, wool, linen, cotton and high-tech microfiber athletic and waterproof gear.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Charliessoap Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
Charlie’s Soap Powder
Similar to Allen’s Naturally, however ingredients are proprietary. Extensive studies by Clemson University have shown it leaves no residue. Biodegradable. Technically a “detergent” (not soap, despite its name). Complaints of chemical burns and rash have been reported!

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • Essential oil fragrances
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No
Cheer Powder He Detergent Box There are several other websites (as of May 15, 2019) such as :

  1. Diaper Jungle who claims Cheer Free and Gentle has no optical brighteners, this statement is FALSE! – (link to manufacturers ingredient list)
  2. Homequicks claims Cheer and Cheer Free are optical brightener free. this statement is FALSE! – Cheer (ingredient list) and Cheer Free (ingredient list)
  3. ArmyStudyGuide.com list multiple forms of Cheer (as well as other detergents) as “Optical Brightener Free”, however, these statements are FALSE!

I have done extensive research, with 1,000’s of man hours for this post, combing through ingredients and this variety of Cheer is the ONLY one that is optical-brightener free!  .PDF Ingredients from the manufacturer.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners

Screenshots of DiaperJungle, Homequicks, and ArmyStudyGuide.

He Safe? N/A Recommended? Yes
Clorox Green Works Liquid
Clorox Green Works Liquid
  • No Optical Brighteners
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No
Countrysave Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
Country Save Liquid
Cost effective, additive free, and great results. Use 1 cap in the prewash and 2 caps in the main wash.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Country Save Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
Country Save Powdered
Cost effective, additive free, and great results. Use 1 scoop in the prewash and 2 scoops in the main wash.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Droppsl
Dropps Liquid Laundry Pacs – Fresh Scent
Plant-based and rather weak. It would take a lot of product to accomplish a good clean.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • NPE Free
  • No Phosphate
  • No Chlorine
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No
Ecosfree Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
Earth Friendly Products Baby Ecos Disney Laundry Detergent, Lavender and Chamomile
Phosphate-free, chlorine-free, enzyme-free, borine-free, cocamide DEA-free, dye-free, and free of petroleum ingredients.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No
Earthview Laundry Detergent Fragrance Free Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
Earthview Laundry Detergent
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • Biodegradable
  • Healthy Child Compliant
  • No Animal Testing
  • HE Safe
  • Methylisothiazolinone-free
  • Fragrance-Free
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No
Envirorite Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
EnviroRite Clearly Clean
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? N/A Recommended? Yes
Foca Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent
Foca Powder
Great for hard water! For hard water households, use 1/2 cup in prewash and 1 1/2 cups in the main wash. For soft water households, use 1 – 1 1/2 cup in main wash only. Lots of suds. Works better than some of the pricier detergents.

  • No Dyes
He Safe? No Recommended? Yes
Foca 2
Foca Liquid
Great for hard water! Start with 1/2 cap prewash and 2 caps main wash, increase as needed for your washer & water conditions.

  • No Enzymes
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Hex Performance Advance Laundry Detergent Free And Clear 1 350x200
H-E-X Performance Anti-Stink Free + Clear Liquid
Eliminates tough odors – including smell caused by sweat, bacteria, mold, and mildew!

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Hex Anti Stink No Optical Brighteners
H-E-X Performance Anti-Stink Fresh Clean Scent Liquid
A light, fresh scent that doesn’t linger.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Honest Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent 529x1024
Honest Company liquid
Plant-based. Contains sodium cocoate, which can build up in diapers, trapping bacteria and causing repellency issues. This baby laundry soap has a neutral pH level, which means it does not irritate the skin.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Kirkland Signature Environmentally Responsible Ultra Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent
Kirkland Signature Environmentally Responsible Ultra Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent
Contains vegetable-based surfactants including those derived from coconuts

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • Biodegradable
  • Safe for Septic Systems
  • Not tested on Animals
  • No Phosphates
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No
Lifekind Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent 1024x1023
Lifekind Naturally Safer Triple Concentrated
Contains Seed & Pulp Extracts, Orange Peel Extracts, Surfactants from Coconuts.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Maggiessoapnuts125 150x150
Maggie’s Soap NutsMaggie’s Soap Nuts
100% natural – Grows on Trees!!! Perfect for hunting camo! This is actually a natural soap, not a detergent and can build up on fibers and cause repelling issues. Perfect for regular laundry.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No
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Mountain Green 3X Free and Clear
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • Fragrance-Free
  • PETA acceptable product
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Mollys Suds All Sport Wash
Molly’s Suds All Sport Wash Liquid
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Mollys Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent 2 813x1024
Molly’s Suds Oxygen Whitener Powder
Does not contain surfactants.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • Essential oil fragrances
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Mollys Suds Sensitive Skin No Optical Brighteners
Molly’s Suds Sensitive Skin Powder
Does not contain surfactants.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No
Natureclean 2 1 498x1024
Nature Clean liquid
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Nature Clean 3l Laundry Liquid
Nature Clean Refill liquid
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Nature Clean Powder Detergent
Nature Clean Powder Detergent
Although this is an excellent product, it ships from Canada so if you are in the USA shipping is outrageous!

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Nellie's Laundry Soda
Nellie’s Laundry Soda
Contains coconut oil based ingredients. Not considered strong enough to properly clean a dirty diaper. Too expensive to be able to use enough to get a proper clean.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Oxy Prime Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent 1 1 639x1024
OXY-PRIME Powder
Rinses completely and decomposes almost immediately in the environment leaving no toxic by-products or phosphates to the water table.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Planet 150x150
Planet Ultra Powder
Not an effective detergent.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Puracy Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent
Puracy Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent
From Austin, Texas; No phosphates, sulfates, petrochemicals, animal by-products, chlorine, perfumes, dyes, allergens.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Rockin Green Watermelon Classic Rock
Rockin Green Classic Rock Formula, Smashing Watermelons
Fantastic for hard water

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • Essential oil fragrances
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Natural He Powder Laundry Detergent By Rockin Green Perfect For Cloth Diapers Classic Rock Formula For Normal Water Up To 90 Loads Per Bag 45 Oz Unscented 0
Rockin Green Unscented
Fantastic for hard water

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrances
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Ruby Moon Laundry Detergent Small 150x150
Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Detergent- Warm Vanilla Sugar
This product is not really a detergent, it is mainly water softeners and salt. Not recommended for cloth diapers as it contains no surfactant.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • Some varieties have fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Sensiclean 150x150
Sensi Clean Liquid
Very expensive. Reports of burns and rashes by users of this detergent.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No
Seventh Generation Natural 4x Concentrated Free And Clear Unscented
Seventh Generation Natural 4X Concentrated Free and Clear Unscented
Use 1/2 cap in your cloth diaper prewash and 1 1/2 caps in the main wash. Wash on hot; add a water softener, such as Calgon if your water is at all hard. Does contain essential oils.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Seventh Genration Detergent Baby No Optical Brighteners
Seventh Generation Baby
Plant-derived enzyme stain removers. Certified Cruelty Free. From Vermont; 0% fragrances, dyes, or artificial brighteners.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Perfumes
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Product Sportwash 150x150
Sport-Wash Residue Free
Reports of burns and rashes by users of this detergent.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No
Sun Earth Cloth Diaper Detergent 1024x806
Sun and Earth Unscented
The free and clear variety does not contain synthetic fragrances.  Ingredients in this detergent are problematic for build-up/repellency issues with cloth diapers.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance

Ingredient PDF

He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Ever Spring Laundry Detergent
Target Free & Clear Everspring
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Perfumes
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Tide Pure Clean
Tide PureClean Liquid, unscented
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Traderjoesclothdiaperdetergent 150x150
Trader Joe’s Liquid
Contains fabric softener which can buildup and cause repellency issues with cloth diapers.

  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Enzymes
  • No Dyes
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No
Vaska 150x150
Vaska Baby
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Vaska Perfect
Vaska Perfect
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
  • No Fragrance
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Woolite Baby
Woolite Baby
  • No Optical Brighteners
  • No Dyes
  • No Softeners
He Safe? Yes Recommended? Yes
Woolite Darks
Woolite Dark Midnight Breeze Scent
  • No Optical Brighteners
He Safe? Yes Recommended? No