One thing I was not prepared for when I entered the world of cloth diapering, was how bad the smell would be. I knew that they stunk when they were dirty, and I was prepared for that… But I didn’t know the diapers could smell AFTER they were washed too! It almost drove my husband and I to give up on cloth diapering our two kids. We just couldn’t stand the smell! The diapers would be fine, and smell normal, but the second one of the kids wet, it would smell all the way across the house, and it wasn’t a mild smell! It probably could have resurrected the dead! One day I was talking to my friend online who cloth diapers and she told me to do one of two things. She told me I absolutely needed a diaper detergent, but in between doing soaks in the detergents, I could use regular dish soap in with my normal detergent to help ease the smell. So, for a quick fix, I used the dish soap and it definitely helped, but I still needed a detergent. That’s when I found Rockin’ Green Soap!
Now, before I tried the Rockin Green Soap, I had no clue what I was missing. If you’ve followed me previously, you know my cloth diapering adventures are done on the cheap. I can’t afford a ton of fancy stuff like diaper sprayers, wet bags, diaper pails, and I don’t mind doing it on the cheap. I was just washing my diapers like I would wash anything else. Except, if there was something solid, I’d swish it out first. But aside from that, they were washed just like anything else I own. I threw it in the washer, tossed in some detergent, waited a little bit and switched it to the dryer. I was kind of leery of diaper detergents, and wondered if they were just another way to get cloth diapering parents to buy more stuff. But, I was completely wrong.
Diaper detergents are seriously amazing. I had struggled and struggled with that harsh smell the diapers got and I absolutely couldn’t stand it any longer. Something had to be done, after all, it gets pretty embarassing when you’re being questioned about your choice to cloth diaper and you’re talking about how great it is, and then right in the middle of saying that, your baby pees and stinks up the entire room from the built up minerals and junk in the diaper!
Rockin Green Soap stood out to me because of how much of a variety they had available. They didn’t just have the typical run of the mill “Summer Breeze” and “Mountain Fresh” scents like so many other types of detergents do. They actually had unique, awesome scents for us moms who tend to stray from the beaten path… But don’t worry! They have scents for the more traditional scent lovers too!
I got to try out a scent that wasn’t listed; Cherry Lemonade. I chose this one for a couple main reasons…. I seriously love lemonade. It’s one of my favorite thing in the world… But, of course, it has to be good lemonade. Not a glass of corn syrup with a few drops of lemon juice in it, if you know what I mean. Regardless, I love the scent of lemonade. And the Cherry Lemonade was even more ironic because there’s this local restaraunt here called “The Bear’s Den” and I always get Cherry Lemonade or Strawberry Lemonade with a splash of Sierra mist in it whenever we go, as a special treat for myself. I definitely wouldn’t mind if the kid’s diapers smelled like Cherry Lemonade!
I waited until I had a decently sized batch of diapers to wash up, and then I just followed the instructions. It was a little bit different than what I was used to, considering I normally just toss, soap, wash, switch and dry! But even so, the directions were easy enough to follow, and I could do it blindfolded now!
First, you need to put your diapers on a cold rinse cycle, just to get all of the yuckies out, and get them ready to soak. Once you’re done with your soap-free rinse cycle, you fill your washer up again with warm/hot water. I added the soap after it filled in the video, but as of lately, I’ve been adding it before I fill the washer. Once the washer is full of water, you stop the wash cycle so it can soak. You should generally leave it for half an hour to an hour but, for really yucky smelling diapers, it’s a good idea to leave it overnight. In the video, I said I was going to leave it half an hour, but I ended up getting busy and spaced my laundry so they soaked overnight, and I tell you… They smelled all the better for it!
Did I mention you can use the detergent on your normal clothes and other laundry? It won’t damage anything, and it cleans your clothes just as well as normal detergents, if not better! But shhh! Don’t tell my husband that I washed his work clothes with the kid’s diapers!
When you’re done with your soak, you just start your washer again (don’t add any other soaps or detergents), let it run it’s cycle like normal, and then continue laundering as usual, whether that involves hanging things to dry or tossing them into the dryer. You just finish your laundry as usual!
Now, they looked good, and they smelled good after they were done rinsing/soaking/washing/drying, just like cherry lemonade. They smelled better than my diapers normally did coming out of the laundry, but even before I started using the detergent, they didn’t smell bad when they were done being washed… They only smelled bad once they were wet again. So, I put them to the test. I remember I was kind of hesitant to believe that the instantly-nasty-smell-upon-wetness would diappear, but I wanted to see for myself. I put them on the kids and waited…
But I forgot! I completely forgot that I was waiting to see if they work. And do you know why I forgot? Because I couldn’t smell a single thing! The diapers didn’t reek like normal! It wasn’t until later, after about the third or fourth diaper chance, that it dawned on me that the diapers weren’t nasty as usual! They actually smelled nice!
Well… I mean, the smelled like dirty diapers, because obviously, they were dirty diapers… But they didn’t have that strong nasty smell that my diapers were getting before… The so-nasty-and-strong-smelling-it-could-wake-the-dead-smell. It was gone! I was so excited! No more getting embarrassed by extremely pungent diapers… No more trying not to faint when trying to change the diaper…
I have met my new best friend.
My Overall Review
Based on five factors, each ranging from one star to five stars which are then averaged out,Rockin’ Green Soap received 4.6 stars!
Fulfills Purpose Well – 5 Stars
This detergent was amazing. Like I said previously, I had my doubts about it, but it met and exceeded the expectations I had! I was very impressed and pleased with the results!
Design & Visual Appeal – 5 Stars
I’m counting the name of the company in here too. You have to admit, they have a cool name, and witty titles for their scents and formulas! The packaging is pretty darn cool if I do say so myself!
Ease of Use – 5 Stars
I was a little confused to begin with, but the soap comes with very easy to follow step by step directions that make the whole process way simpler… So, if you read the directions, you’ll be fine!
Affordability -4 Stars
Now, Rockin Green Soap DOES cost more than most detergents you would typically buy, but you have to take into account that you don’t need to use the diaper detergent every day. You Can use it every few days, once a week, once a month, whatever suits your family’s needs. So, taking that into account, the detergent lasts a very long time and is definitely a reasonable price for the quality and effectiveness of the product offered!
Earth Friendliness – 4 Stars
All of Rockin’ Green detergents are made with biodegradable materials! Not only are they made with earth-friendly materials, they’re also made with all natural scents! So, the detergents are not only good for you and your baby, but they’re good for the planet too! I only gave four stars on this one because I don’t think the packaging is recycled/recyclable. Correct me if I’m wrong!
Could it get any better than this?