88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2010
For the first 4 months of cloth diapering, I used Country Save HE Laundry Detergent, Powder, 160-Load, 10-lb Boxes (Case of 4). I have a front loading LG Tronn machine, and I would do a rinse/spin cycle with a smidge of Country Save, then a heavy soiled normal wash on hot with 1/4-1/2 the "standard amount" of detergent, followed by one or two rinse and spin cycles. This worked pretty well, until I moved.
If there's one thing you'll learn about cloth diapers, it's that your laundry system will be completely different from everyone else's due to your child's body chemistry, your diaper brands, your water quality, and your washing machine. Though we kept the same machines, the water at our new location was incredibly different, and after a cycle or two of washing diapers in the new house, my son's rump was red and rashy! Needing some new laundry solutions, I decided to get Rockin' Green and I am so glad I did.
The Smashing Watermelons variety smells wonderful, just like watermelon Bubble Yum gum! Too bad the smell does not stay on the diapers (though I can see how that would be bad for babies with sensitive skin). The Rockin' Green website is brilliant - they have a very informative FAQ, as well as suggested washing cycles broken down by type of machine. Plus the small looking bag claims to last up to 90 loads! One important thing to keep in mind is that when you use Rockin' Green for the first time, you have to be very careful. It will suck the chemical residue out of your diapers, so if you do not run a whole bunch of rinses, your child might get a worse diaper rash than she started off with. If you have particular stubborn residue, stains, or stinkies, do a soak in Rockin' Green. My son's butt is back to being happy, and my diapers look and smell cleaner than ever. My new washing cycle is - delicate cycle with water plus option to rinse the diapers, cotton cycle with water plus and 2 tablespoons of Rockin' Green to wash, followed by one or two delicate cycles with water plus to rinse.
If you have hard water, you might need to use more than 2 tbsps, if you have very soft water, 1 tbsp might suffice. If your water is especially hard, use Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper & Laundry Detergent (Hard Rock, Bare Naked Babies), and if your baby has very sensitive skin, try Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper & Laundry Detergent (Soft Rock, Bare Naked Babies).
108 of 123 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
The main component of this detergent is sodium carbonate, or Washing Soda. You can buy a 55oz box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda for $3 to $4. Just add a tablespoon to your regular cloth diaper detergent. Voila! Homemade Rockn' Green for about 20% the cost. You're welcome.
38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2010
I had used RnG for about 6-8 weeks. When I first got RnG I did 4, yes 4, overnight soaks per instructions. Mind you, I didn't have that big of an ammonia problem but jumped on the bandwagon and thought I'd do a major strip of my stash as RnG was supposed to be so fantastic. After the 2nd soak, my diapers reeked of ammonia! Which is why I did 2 more soaks. And, because everyone was so adamant that the initial soak was bringing up crud from the inserts I just had to keep using RnG and that the problem will go away with continued use. Well, 6 weeks later and my problem was NO better. In addition, with continued use, my inserts were coming out of my dryer smelling dirty.
It is 1 month later and I am finally getting my inserts back to normal with my original detergent. I do have to commend Kim (the RnG owner) as she personally worked with me to try and get it sorted and even sent me samples of Hard Rock, for free, to try in the event it was my water. This just did not work for us.
Lesson learned for me. Don't fix what ain't broke.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
I started using this for my cloth diapers and after further inspection I realized that this isn't even an actual detergent. Just an expensive detergent booster. All of the ingredients indicate this. I didn't research this until after I used half the bag and my baby was getting a terrible rash from it. Do your wallet, your baby's bottom and your cloth diapers a favor and buy tide to wash your diapers with.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2012
I usually use a mama made detergent, but when she went baby-mooning and I was in need of some detergent for my sons cloth diapers I purchased this. I gave it 4 stars because I really don't like this scent, but that is just personal preference. Other than that it gets his diapers clean, doesn't rash him, and we haven't had any repelling issues.
Edit to update.........
After using this product for some time, we began to have some issues (which is why I deducted one star). Does it get the diapers clean? YES. Does it cause my son to rash? NO. Does it get stains out? YES again. Does it destroy natural-fiber fitteds? YES. :( If you use regular old pockets and microfiber, I say give this a try. It is pretty amazing at getting out stains (seriously - AMAZING!) but it is just way too harsh to use on natural fibers. After a month of using it my fitteds had aged tremendously, it's just too harsh for them. I switched detergents and have been using it on my husbands work clothes. The difference in the way they look is pretty great, so we'll probably keep some around none-the-less!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2011
I have used another brand of detergent for my cloth diapers for a couple of years now and wasn't really satisfied with it. I had to double rinse and strip my diapers often due to buildup and just plain stinky diapers. I just though that because they were microfiber dipes that this is what was normal. I have used Rock'n Green now for several weeks and have not had to strip my diapers once. And the best part is that they come out of the wash smelling clean. I always use the highest amount of water possible with hot water when I wash my dipes and this detergent works great
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2014
This detergent didn't clean anything at all. It came with a premium price for no results. I followed the directions religiously and my diapers still came out packed full of stains and smelling like poo. I tried on my clothes instead and you could still smell the dirt after the wash.
I can't give any positives for this because I just haven't found anything I liked about it. As a matter of fact, this detergent is still sitting in my laundry room nearly untouched because I need my cloth diaper stash, and clothes, CLEAN.
If you're reading this review and have been referred to this product for the "proper washing of your cloth diaper stash" do yourself a favor and buy plain original Tide. Or any other detergent with NO fabric softener included (fabric softener will create a moisture blocking residue so diapers will repel urine instead of soaking it in)
Original Tide, get it, instead of this detergent. (Unless you like wasting money and having dirty clothes, that is.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2014
I am newly cloth diapering using Grovia AIO's. regular detergent was working fine, thought I would try this as people rave about it. My diapers have been properly prepped and used a few times since, not a bad smell to them at all so far. Washed in rockin' green per instructions( I have soft water so two tablespoons regular wash warm and an extra rinse both rinses cold). They came out smelling fine enough, I didn't notice anything, but when my child pees in them, they smell horrid! As in, right after she goes. She is potty training very young, so she tells me when she is going potty, we go to the bathroom and change her diaper, been doing so for the past two weeks with cloth, so her diaper gets changed frequently, and she was wearing this clean diaper for an hour, peed in it, and when I took it off, a horrid ammonia smell!!! I have disposables I use randomly, thank god, so I switched to those and threw them in the wash again. I actually think now after reading these other reviews that the detergent has a bad reaction with urine. My diapers are close to new, have never sat wet in a pail or ever had a bad smell to them, and literally as soon as using this detergent had this reaction. Thank god someone else on here says that it will go away when switched back to my old detergent because I would be unbelievably upset if the hundreds of dollars I just invested in top quality cloth diapers was wasted!!! So upset with this, seems like this is the WORST detergent for cloth diapers. Period.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2014
I was really excited to try this on our pocket diapers having read great reviews. We'd been using bumgenius detergent, which was working just fine... so why oh why did I try to fix what wasn't broken??? Immediately after I washed ALL of his diapers in this my baby broke out in a red bumpy rash in his diaper area and even his lower tummy, which pointed to his being sensitive to something in the detergent and not just a normal diaper rash from a wet diaper. I tried "rock a soak-ing" the diapers since I read on the company website that sometimes a rash happens as a result of the rockin green bringing up detergent residue in the diaper (which kind of sounds like a load crap, but I wanted to believe it...)... nope. didn't help and he continued to get awful rashes. I know we were using the right formula because prior to purchasing I emailed their customer service asking what formula they would recommend for the water in my area (I got classic rock in bare naked babies scent). So I went back to using bumgenius and the problem cleared right up. So now I'm stuck with a bag of expensive detergent I can't use :/
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm not a huge fan of powdered laundry detergent (have ended up with a lot of clumps of powdered Tide in my day), but this works. The key is to add this, then fill the washing machine a good way with water before adding clothes. This allows for all the powder to dissolve/become suds. I'm pleased to say I did not have any clumps in among my towels when using this detergent.
I had a sample packet of this I got from an eco-friendly subscription box, so I tried it out with a load of towels. It said it was "smashing watermelons" scent, although I could barely detect a scent at all (which is better, as I prefer unscented laundry products). If there was a scent, it certainly didn't stick around on my dried towels.
Anyway, the towels came out quite clean. Plus, the powder didn't stick to the plastic packet, so the packet would be easy to recycle. I love that it's dye free, as well, and generally made with the environment in mind. Recommended especially for people who like powdered detergents.