200+ plant based & synthetic detergents  that will make your cloth diapers clean

Now that you figured out how to wash cloth diapers, you may wonder what detergents are cloth diaper safe. Laundry soap plays a major role in getting your reusable diapers clean and smelling fresh. Take your cloth diaper wash routine to the next level and choose best cloth diaper laundry detergents from the list below. If you have hard water or fighting tough stains, check our chart for cloth diaper laundry boosters.

 

Safe Synthetic Laundry Detergents for Cloth Diapers

Most popular:

Foca (Powder), Not HE Safe

Oxydol with Biz (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Oxydol with Biz (Powder), Not HE Safe

Tide [All Scents except Tide with Downy] (Liquid), HE Safe

Tide [All Scents except Tide with Downy] (Powder), HE Safe

Wisk (Liquid), HE Safe

More choices:

Ace [Ace Ultra, Ultra Ace, etc] (Liquid), HE Safe

Ace [Ace Ultra, Ultra Ace, etc.] (Powder), HE Safe

Ajax Dual Action Clean (Liquid), HE Safe

All (Powder), HE Safe

Ariel (Powder), Not HE Safe

Cheer (Powder), HE Safe

Cheer (Liquid), HE Safe

Dreft (Liquid), HE Safe

Dreft (Powder), HE Safe

Fab (Powder), HE Safe

Foca (Liquid), HE Safe

Gain (Liquid), HE Safe

Gain (All other scents) (Powder), Not HE Safe

Gain (Original and Island Fresh) (Powder), Not HE Safe

Gain with Febreeze (Liquid), HE Safe

Gain with Oxiboost (Powder), Not HE Safe

Kirkland Super Concentrate (Powder), Not HE Safe

Kirkland Ultra (Liquid), HE Safe

Kirkland Ultra (Powder), HE Safe

Kirkland Ultra with Bleach Alternative (Powder), HE Safe

Oxiclean (Fresh Scent) (Powder), HE Safe

Oxiclean Laundry Detergent (Liquid), HE Safe

Persil (Bio) (Powder), HE Safe

Persil (Non-Bio) (Powder), HE Safe

Persil Proclean (Powder), HE Safe

Persil Proclean (Liquid), HE Safe

Purex (Powder), HE Safe

Purex (Liquid), HE Safe

Purex Baby (Liquid), HE Safe

Purex Complete with Zout (Liquid), HE Safe

Purex PowerShot (Liquid), HE Safe$

Scentsy (Liquid), HE Safe

Sunlight (Liquid), HE Safe

Sunlight (Powder), Not HE Safe

Sunlight Deep Clean (Liquid), HE Safe

Sunlight Sensitive Skin (Liquid), HE Safe

Surf (Powder), HE Safe

Tandil Free and Clear (Liquid), HE Safe

Tandil HE 2x (Aldi) (Liquid), HE Safe

Tide Free and Gentle (Powder), HE Safe

Tide Plus Bleach (Powder), HE Safe

Tide Plus Bleach Alternative (Powder), HE Safe

Tide Sport (Liquid), HE Safe

Tide Ultra Stain Release (Liquid), HE Safe

Tide with Acti-Lift (Liquid), HE Safe

Tide with Bleach (Liquid), HE Safe

Tide with Febreeze (Liquid), HE Safe

Trend (Powder), HE Safe

Trend (Liquid), HE Safe

Trend with Bleach Alternative (Powder), HE Safe

Trend with Bleach Alternative (Liquid), HE Safe

Ultra Plus (Sears) (Powder), HE Safe

Up and Up (Powder), HE Safe

Up and Up (Liquid), HE Safe

Up and Up Free and Clear (Liquid), HE Safe

Wisk Ultra Free and Pure (Liquid), HE Safe

Wisk with Oxi (Liquid), HE Safe

Woolite Baby (Liquid), HE Safe

Woolite Everyday (Liquid), HE Safe

Xtra (Liquid), HE Safe

Xtra with Oxi (Liquid), HE Safe

Babies R Us Baby Detergent (Liquid), HE Safe

NOT Recommended Synthetic Detergents for Cloth Diapers

All Baby (Liquid), HE Safe

All Free Clear Plus Oxi (Liquid), HE Safe

All Fresh and Sensitive (Liquid), HE Safe

All Mighty Pacs (Liquid), HE Safe

All Small and Mighty (Liquid), HE Safe

All Stain Lifter (Liquid), HE Safe

All with Oxi (Liquid), HE Safe

Allen's Naturally (Liquid), HE Safe

Gain Flings (Liquid), HE Safe

Kirkland Super Concentrate (Liquid), HE Safe

Member's Mark Ultimate Clean (Powder), HE Safe

Member's Mark Ultimate Clean (Liquid), HE Safe

Nature Clean (Powder), HE Safe

Purex Ultra Pacs (Liquid), HE Safe

Tide Cold Water (Liquid), HE Safe

Tide Plus Downy (Powder), HE Safe

Tide Pods (Liquid), HE Safe

Tide Simply Clean and Fresh (Liquid), HE Safe

Tide with a Touch of Downey (Liquid), HE Safe

Tiny Bubbles (Powder), HE Safe

Safe Plant Based Laundry Detergents for Cloth Diapers

With plant based detergents it is recommended to use hot water for best results. Keep in mind, water temperature should not exceed 140F, extremely high temperatures can greatly shorten life of cloth diapers. In most cases you need to add a bit more detergent, if using plant based or free & clear detergent.

Amway, Legacy of Clean SA8 (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: use 1/2 cap in for prewash and 1.5 caps in for main wash

Amway, Legacy of Clean SA8 (Powder), HE Safe

Notes: use 3 tbsp in for prewash and 6 tbsp in for main wash

Arm&HammerBioEnzymePower (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

ArmandHammerEssentials (Powder), Not HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

Attitude (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

Biokleen (Powder), Not HE Safe

Notes: Use 1 scoop in for prewash, 2-3 scoops in for main wash

Biokleen (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Notes: Use half the recommended amount in for prewash and 1.5-2x the recommended amount for main wash

Boulder (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

Earthwise (Powder), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

Eco-Max (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

EcosPlusEnzymes (Liquid), Not HE Safe

EcoverZero (Powder), HE Safe

Notes: Use half a scoop in the for prewash and 3-4 full scoops in for main wash

Greenworks (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Notes: Use 1 capful in for prewash and 2 capfuls in for main wash

Kind [Motherease] (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use half the recommended amount in for prewash and 1.5 the recommended amount for for main wash

KirklandEnvironmentallyFriendly/Responsible (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

LA'sTotallyAwesome (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

Method (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 6 pumps for prewash, 12 pumps for main wash

NatureClean (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1 cap for prewash and 2 caps for main wash

Ology (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

Planet2xUltra (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1 cap for prewash and 2 caps for main wash

Puracy (Liquid), Not HE Safe

PurexNaturalElements (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

SeventhGeneration (Powder), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 scoop for prewash and 1.5-2 scoops for main wash

SeventhGeneration [regular] (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

SeventhGenerationBaby4xFreeandClear (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5 caps for main wash

SeventhGenerationFreeandClear 4x Concentrated (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1 cap for prewash and 1.5 caps for main wash

SeventhGenerationNatural4XConcentratedLaundryDetergent (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1 cap for main wash

SeventhGenerationUltraPowerPlus (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5 caps for main wash

Sun (Powder), Not HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 scoop for prewash and 1.5 scoops for main wash

Sun (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

Sun and Earth (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5 caps for main wash

Sun Free and Clear (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5 caps for main wash

Sun Free and Clear (Powder), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 scoop for prewash and 1.5 scoops for main wash

Sun with Oxi (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

Trader Joe's (Powder), Not HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5 caps for main wash

Vaska (Liquid), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash

WindFresh (Powder), HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 scoop for prewash and 1.5 scoops for main wash

Sisel Vibrant Laundry Detergent (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Notes: Use 1/2 cap for prewash and 1.5-2 caps for main wash 

NOT Recommended Plant Based Detergents for Cloth Diapers

All Sport Wash (Liquid), HE Safe

Babyganics (Liquid), HE Safe

Bio-Vert (Liquid), HE Safe

Branch Basics (Liquid), HE Safe

bumGenius [new March 2015 formula] (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Coconut Rain (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Dapple (Liquid), HE Safe

doTERRA On Guard (Liquid), HE Safe

Down East Detergent [CA] (Liquid), HE Safe

Dropps Pods (Liquid), HE Safe

EcoMe (Liquid), Not HE Safe

EcoNuts Liquid (Liquid), HE Safe

Ecos (Liquid), HE Safe

EcoSprout (Powder), HE Safe

Ecover (Liquid), HE Safe

Grab Green Pods (Powder), HE Safe

Great Value Natural Laundry Detergent [Walmart] (Liquid), HE Safe

Greenshield Organic (Liquid), HE Safe

Honest Company (Liquid), HE Safe

MelaPower 6x [Melaleuca] (Liquid), HE Safe

Mini Kiwi (Liquid), HE Safe

Mother's Little Helper Soap Nut Laundry Pills [Shecology] (Powder), HE Safe

Mountain Green Free and Clear Baby (Liquid), HE Safe

Mrs. Meyer's (Liquid), HE Safe

My Green Fills (Liquid), Not HE Safe

NaturOil (Liquid), HE Safe

Planet (Powder), HE Safe

Sal's Suds [Dr. Bronner's] (Liquid), HE Safe

Sapadilla (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Seventh Generation Free and Clear [regular] (Liquid), HE Safe

Shoosha (Liquid), HE Safe

Spring Time Biodegradable (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Trader Joe's (Liquid), HE Safe

Zum Clean Laundry Soap [Indigo Wild] (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Ecover Delicate Care (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Seventh Generation Free & Clear (Powder), Not HE Safe

Seventh Generation Free & Clear (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Ecos Free and Clear (Liquid), HE Safe

Recommended Laundry Boosters for Cloth Diapers

It’s great to use laundry boosters when you need to add more washing power to your regular routine, remove stains, or soften water. Below you’ll find a list of all laundry boosters recommended for use with cloth diapers.

Nature's Miracle Stain and Odor Remover (Liquid), HE Safe

Plant based enzyme booster / pre-treatment for stains or very soiled diapers

White Brite (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based booster for areas with water rich in metals. It will help remove yellowing and rust stains. Do NOT use with bleach

Simple Green (Liquid), Not HE Safe

Plant based spray treatment for greased-based stains, such as those from petroleum-based rash cream

Oxiclean (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based stain fighting booster

Clorox 2 (Liquid), He Safe

Synthetic stain fighting booster

Super Iron Out (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based booster, used to prevent and treat rust stains that come with iron hard water. Do NOT use with bleach

Oxiclean Baby (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based enzyme booster / Stain fighting

Shaklee Nature Bright (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based enzyme booster / Stain fighting

Tide Oxi Stain Remover (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based enzyme booster / Stain fighting

Bac-Out (Liquid), HE Safe

Plant based enzyme booster

Amway, Legacy of Clean Tri-zyme Booster (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based enzyme booster

Odoban (Liquid), HE Safe

Plant based enzyme booster / pre-treatment for stains

Biz (Powder), HE Safe

Synthetic enzyme booster

Mighty Bubbles (Powder), HE Safe

Synthetic enzyme booster / stripping treatment

RLR (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based stripping treatment or booster

Calgon (Liquid), HE Safe

Synthetic water softener or booster

Calgon (Powder), HE Safe

Synthetic water softener to be used in your wash routine if you have hard water

Borax (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based water softener to be used in your wash routine if you have hard water

Raindrops (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based water softener to be used in your wash routine if you have hard water

Washing Soda (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based water softener to be used in your wash routine if you have hard water

White King (Powder), HE Safe

Mineral based water softener to be used in your wash routine if you have hard water