Eco Sprout Soap Washing Instructions
First Time Users:
If this is your first time using Eco Sprout detergent, we HIGHLY recommend you soak your cloth diapers with our detergent first. This will help to draw out any build up left behind from previous detergents including soap, grime, minerals, and softeners that are deep inside your diapers and inserts. This will also help to prevent rashes that can occur when switching or mixing detergents. It's easy!:
Once this is done, you may continue to wash the diapers with your normal wash routine.
Have you already done the Eco Sprout soak for first time users? Then you are ready to begin washing your diapers as normal*.
Another routine that works really well for people is this:
** 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.
An important note about water level:
For top loading machines, you only need enough water for the diapers to be able to freely move around and rub against each other. If you are doing a smaller load and setting your machine to use the highest level of water, you will either need to increase the amount of detergent being used - to compensate with the large amount of water, or decrease the water setting of your machine.
Do you have hard water?
Hard water contains more minerals than regular water. These minerals neutralize a portion of the detergent balancing out the PH of the water. For detergent to work effectively, you need to add more detergent. This will help break down the minerals in the water so that they do not re-deposit back on to your diapers. Start with the lowest recommended amount of detergent and then adjust up if necessary. Some people find it extremely helpful to add a cap full of Calgon to their wash cycle to help soften the water.
HE Machines AND Soft Water?
Sounds confusing? We know :) But once you get a routine that works...stick with it! It just might take some trial and error to get it just right. IF you have soft water AND an HE machine, you will only need to use 1-2 TBSP with an average load of diapers. Why? HE machines require less detergent and so does soft water. When you put the two together...you get to use the least amount of everyone!
*What is “normal”? I wish we could give you the magic answer...but washing cloth diapers takes a little bit of trial and error to find your perfect wash routine. A lot depends on your machine and the type of water you have. Here are some simple things you should know:
Having difficulty with an HE machine? The hardest part about washing cloth diapers in and HE machine is getting enough water through the diapers. My family follows the above washing routine (with the hot pre-wash setting) and we have not had any problems. There have been several suggestions made by others to do things like add a wet towel to the load to trick the machine into thinking there is more laundry, or soak the diapers first before adding them to the machine. Both those tricks will work. But we want it to be as simple as possible! A lot of people have great success with the following routine regardless of the type of machine you have: 1. Cold wash with no detergent. 2. Hot wash with detergent. 3 Extra rinse at the end.
Diapers need a pick-me-up, but you have no time for a soak? Then just do a mini-soak or super-wash!
For the mini-soak with a top loader:
For a super-wash with an HE machine or regular top loading machine: Since many HE machines do not allow for a soak here is an alternative option: