Rockin Green Remix Review

Rockin Green Detergent Remix Review

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).

Prestons Pants Diaper Review

Prestons Pants Pocket Diaper Review

Prestons Pants is owned by a sweet woman named Colleen. Her pocket diapers have been popular for several years, and I bought one to give them a try. The diaper I chose had a cute frog print. One of the wonderful things about Colleen’s diapers is the wide range of prints available in both cotton and polyester PUL. When I purchased the diaper, I did not tell Colleen about my reviews or tell her that this was a diaper for review since I wanted to be sure I got the same quality diaper as anyone else would get.

I really liked the design and features of this sized cloth diaper. Unfortunately, I chose the wrong size for my baby so we did not get as nice a fit as I had hoped. This was totally my error, I should have measured first! I chose a special size instead of the large I should have chosen. So, while we got some use out of this diaper, my daughter outgrew it prematurely since she is not built that slim.

One thing we loved about this diaper is the gentle leg elastic. The fit is so precise that there is no bulky gathered area at the legs as on most cloth diapers. The fit is really trim and very adjustable. One size diapers are all the rage now and Preston’s Pants offers what looks like a great one size diaper. However, we love the sized diapers. No one size diaper fits quite as trimly and nicely as a good sized diaper. Even if your stash consists mainly of one size diapers, it is a good idea to have some sized diapers as well. There are times when you’ll just want a great fit with no fuss – such as under baby jeans.

The inner lining on our diaper is super soft microfleece. I like microfleece lined pockets since they are stretchy and easy to stuff. The high quality fleece held up well to washing too.

The construction is absolutely perfect. While some WAHM diapers are not made well, the Preston’s Pants are sewn with precision. The snaps are durable and set with great care and accuracy. Each wing tab has 3 snaps, so there is no wing droop. Best of all, it would take one tough toddler to get this diaper off without help.

If you are looking for a trim-fitting sized pocket diaper in unique prints and styles, check out Preston’s Pants.

Colored Prefold Cloth Diapers

Prefold Cloth Diapers: Practical and Effective

Prefold cloth diapers get a bad rap sometimes. Yes, they require some degree of folding, but it is easy to learn how to fold a prefold cloth diaper. Yes, they are a bit less convenient for cleaning up after a messy diaper (flushable liners or a diaper sprayer help a lot!). However, they are absorbent, inexpensive, and with a tiny bit of practice they are really easy to use.

We have been using prefolds part time since my daughter was born. They hardly ever leak and they are a natural fiber option that is very cost-effective. You can get started with a prefold cloth diaper package for around $100 or so. Bummis organic cotton prefold packages from are still well under $200. One of the most amazing features of prefold cloth diapers is that they can be used for so many things other than diapering.

A mom just told me that her mother is still using leftover prefolds to clean her home – 30 years after she used them for diapering! Try that with a disposable – ew, wait, don’t!

Other moms have told me that they use prefolds as burp cloth diapers, for cleaning up spills and pet accidents, as impromptu bibs, doll blankets, converted into training pants, and more. Preemie size prefolds are easily folded into thirds for use as cloth menstrual pads. We use a clean prefold cloth diaper underneath the dining room booster seat to help protect the chair underneath from spills.

What is your favorite use for outgrown or leftover prefold cloth diapers? The comment with the most creative use (as judged by me, though user comments will count heavily in favor!) will win a 3 pack of large colored prefold cloth diapers. If you make prefold burp cloth diapers, include a link to your creations.

Comments will close August 23.

Update August 24: Jeanice, you are the winner! I’ll email you with details on how to claim your colored prefolds!