Rockin Green Detergent original scented detergent created a lot of problems for us the first time around. Since then, the formula has been revised and just a few months ago it was remixed. While the revised unscented formula did not cause any skin irritation for my daughter, it just did not get our diapers clean in our super hard water. For the last several weeks we have been trying out the new Rockin Green Remix in several scents. I am thrilled to report that our diapers are clean and my daughter’s skin is clear. Rockin Green Remix works.
Rockin Green detergent is popular in part because of the great scents – and the fun scent names. All of the scents are made with natural ingredients so they are safer for the environment – and they are specially formulated to rinse cleanly from diaper fabrics. This is extremely important to your baby’s skin – and their breathing.
Most major detergent brands are scented with petroleum-based fragrances that are designed to build up on fabric. This is how they can advertise that the “fresh scent” lasts for weeks. That scent is build up on the fabric – and many of the ingredients are harsh on little lungs and can cause irritation on baby skin. Many smaller brands of detergent that are popular for cloth diapering are scented with fragrance oils intended for use in soap or candles – not formulated for rinsing cleanly from fabric. Especially in hard water, those fragrances can bind to the minerals in the water and cause ammonia stink and skin irritation.
I spoke with Kim Webb, owner and inventor of Rockin Green as I was preparing this review. After the first experience we had with the original version, I wanted to ask some tough questions before I recommended the remix. Kim told me that extensive dermatologic tests were performed before the new version was released. Human volunteers wore patches of Rockin Green soaked fabric on their arms for several weeks to test the mildness of the formula. It passed with flying colors – even though the test was more stringent than typical detergent tests. Few companies would be willing to go to such lengths to ensure the safety of their product.
So, what about the Rock the Soak instructions? Our diapers had developed some buildup during testing of a different detergent – so I decided to soak them in Rockin Green overnight (be sure to check with your diaper manufacturer before soaking, even in plain water – for some this will violate the warranty). The next morning the water in the washer was grey and icky looking. I rinsed three times to make sure all the residue was gone. They smelled fresh and clean.
We’ve been using Rockin Green exclusively for about 2 months now. I have had to use a bit more detergent than recommended due to our hard well water, but we have had no buildup issues or rashes. I can definitely recommend this detergent with no reservations now – just be aware that if any detergent causes irritation you should discontinue use immediately. Every baby is different and the minerals in each water system are different.
Rockin Green detergent is now available in my online store as well as for local pickup from my Utah cloth diaper store.
Check out the next post for a chance to win a Rockin Green trial pack so you can try all the great scents (contest is held in September 2011).