Cloth Diaper Friendly Detergents: A List of What Detergents You Should Use on Your Cloth Diapers

December 19, 2015 3 Comments

Detergents for Cloth Diapers

The key to simple laundering with cloth diapers is choosing the right detergent. Some detergents have other ingredients in them that when used on cloth diapers over time create build up on the diapers causing them to retain odors and become less absorbent. Below is a list of recommended detergents and ones to avoid.
Note: When possible, choose powder detergents over liquid.

Cloth Diaper Detergents


Allens Naturally Detergent
Dropps Liquid Laundry Pacs
Ecos Free and Clear Liquid
Mountain Green Free and Clear
Purex Free and Clear (not other varieties)
Nellie's Laundry Soda
Rockin' Green
Sun Free and Clear (not other varieties)
*FAVE* Country Save (Powder Only)
*FAVE* Tide Detergent Original Scent, HE (Powder)
*FAVE* Trader Joe's Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Not Recommended

Arm & Hammer
All Free & Clear
Charlies (tends to cause buildup and diaper rash)
Kirkland Signature
Seventh Generation

3 Responses

Laura Nelly
Laura Nelly

August 05, 2017

Hi there! Was wondering what your thoughts are on Persil Original Scent and Persil Sensitive? Thanks so much!

Pooters Diapers (moderator)
Pooters Diapers (moderator)

March 11, 2017

Michelle – good question. I haven’t used Biokleen laundry detergent – only their Biokleen Bac-out product which is great for killing bacteria and odors in diapers. If my diapers have a special funk, I’ll soak them in Bac-out for a day before tossing them in the wash.

To answer your question… according to an independent study (that can be found here: Biokleen seems to be a pretty good detergent and comparable to Tide and Country Save detergents. Based on this info, I would think Biokleen is a good laundry detergent.

Unfortunately I can’t say much about Molly’s Suds. There’s a lot of reviews out there regarding the brand but they seem to be all sponsored by Molly’s. I’d love to see an independent review of them before making an assessment.


March 11, 2017

Why is biokleen not recommended? I’ve been using it with some oxygen bleach -it’s been working good. What do you think of Molly’s Suds Cloth Diaper Laundry Powder? This blog is a great resource! Thanks!

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