High Efficiency HE Detergent Chart for Cloth Diapers

Using HE Detergents on Cloth Diapers

He Washing MachineWhat HE detergent works best for washing cloth diapers? HE washing machines use 1/3 - 2/3 less water than vertical-axis machines (top-loaders), saving valuable water and energy resources. However, less water also means regular laundry detergents do not dissolve as easily and can leave soap residue on your clothes. As a result, it is best to use a specially formulated low sudsing laundry detergent with a front load washer.

For many years, we have highly recommended our cloth diaper safe detergents and now you can purchase it directly from our Diaper Jungle store.

For regular detergent see this chart. Want to leave a review for a detergent? Check out our video reviews for cloth diaper detergents. We also have a diaper laundry glossary.

 

 

= Do Not Use for Cloth Diapers
= Uses fragrance/dyes/enzymes/brighteners
= Pretty Good
= Thumbs up!*

*Remember - Even the detergents that have been given four stars will work differently within different water, washing conditions, and individual children so do some experimentation and find the option that works best for your family and your routine.



Rating Image Detergent
Brand and Name
Cost Per Load Enzymes Brighteners Dyes Fragrances Softeners

*Mountain Green
  Baby Detergent

A PETA acceptable product
N/A No No No Yes No

*Mountain Green
  Free and Clear
 
N/A No No No No No

All
Small and Mighty
 
$0.23 No Yes No Yes No

Caldrea
Sweet Pea Laundry Detergent

Note: Contains plant-derived surfactants, Borax and essential oils of Geranium, Orange, Jasmine, Coriander, Rose and Bergamot. HE (front loader) compatible
$0.50 No No No Yes No

Charlie's Soap
Charlie's Soap

Caution: Some burns and rashes have been reported by users of this detergent. Note: see “Do Detergents Disinfect?” at bottom of page
$0.19 No No No No No
Rating Image Detergent
Brand and Name
Cost Per Load Enzymes Brighteners Dyes Fragrances Softeners

Charlie's Soap
Charlie's Soap

Caution: Some burns and rashes have been reported by users of this detergent. Note: see “Do Detergents Disinfect?” at bottom of page
$0.19 ? No No No No

Country Save
Country Save Powdered Detergent
 
$0.16 No No No No No

Dropps
Liquid Laundry Pacs
 
$0.31 No No No No No

Ecos
Free and Clear Liquid
 
N/A No No No No No


GAIN
GAIN HE Powder
 
N/A Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Rating Image Detergent
Brand and Name
Cost Per Load Enzymes Brighteners Dyes Fragrances Softeners

Maggie's Soap Nuts
Maggie's Soap Nuts

Note: 100% natural - Grows on Trees!!!
N/A No No No No No

Method
HE Laundry Detergent
 
N/A Yes Yes No Yes No

Method
Free and Clear
 
N/A Yes Yes No No No

Mountain Green
Original Citrus

A PETA acceptable product
N/A No No No Yes No

Nellie's
Nellie's Laundry Soda

contains coconut oil based ingredients.
N/A No No No No No
Rating Image Detergent
Brand and Name
Cost Per Load Enzymes Brighteners Dyes Fragrances Softeners


SA8
Sensitive
 
N/A Yes Yes No Yes Yes


SA8
BioQuest Concentrated
 
N/A Yes Yes No Yes Yes

Sun and Earth
Deep Cleaning
 
$0.24 No No No No No

Sunlight
Ultra Sensitive Skin HE
 
N/A No Yes No No No


Tide
HE
 
$0.33 Yes Yes No Yes ?

Woolite
HE

Note: Woolite has an alkaline pH that may strip wool fibers so wool users should use caution.
$0.25 No No No ? No


How we rated the detergents: Detergents received one or two stars based upon the amount of non-ideal ingredients they contain. Detergents that received three stars are mostly good but may contain at least one of the non-ideal ingredients, which means a little caution may be warranted when trying them. Detergents that received four stars have none of the non-ideal ingredients and should be a good place to start experimentation in finding the diaper detergent that will work best for you! If the YES/NO section for a particular ingredient has been left blank it is because we just don't know yet.

Are you wondering about a detergent that is not seen here? Email us!

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Why Use a High Efficiency Washing Machine? The Pros and Cons!

Pros: High-efficiency washers use approximately 25 gallons per load versus 40 to 50 gallons per load for older machines. The washing machine is the second biggest water-user in most households; only the toilets will use more water. Switching to a high efficiency washing machine could have an enormous effect on the amount of water you'll use every year.

With a high efficiency washer, you can:

  • Save Soap

  • Save Wear and Tear on Clothing

  • Save Drying Time

  • Save Energy

  • Save Money

  • Save Water

  • Some rebates are available in your local community

 

Cons: Although front-loading washing machines have many benefits, they also have some drawbacks.

  • Cost--The biggest problem with front-loading washing machines is their cost. Owners will recoup the initial expense in utility bills, but the machines still cost amore.

  • Soap availability--Not all laundry detergents are appropriate for front-loading washing machines. Consumers may find that they have to change brands, or even look in a few stores before finding a product that will work.

  • Because they use less water to function some users claim that their clothes or diapers do not come as clean and a residue may be left behind.

 

Common HE or Front Loader Washing Routines:

  • A double rinse and spin in cold, A whitest whites with prewash and second rinse....one very long cycle with a TBLS of detergent. A whitest whites with second rinse with NO SOAP, just for rinsing. ~ Whirlpool Duet Machine

  • Prewash, normal wash with detergent, 2 rineses ~ Kenmore 4292x Front Load Washer

  • Cold rinse (it's called pre-wash), add detergent, wash hot/rinse cold on the longest cycle, wash cold/rinse cold (without adding more detergent) again on the longest cycle.

  • Prewash, Whitest Whites with a tbsp. of Tide free and clear, with a couple of drops of Tea tree oil and about 1/3C of vinegar in the rinse cycle.

Click on the machines below to read reviews for popular HE washing machines or leave a review of your own!


GE Harmon GE Harmony Top Load WasherKenmore Kenmore HE4t King Size Capacity Plus Front Load WasherLG WM-2432H Front Load WasherWhirlpool Duet Front Load Washer

 

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