Kinda makes me sad to write this. Everyone loves Rockin’ Green. Heck, I even wrote a glowing review of the Rockin’ Green Cloth Diaper Detergent. But if you read that review I mention, ever so slightly, that I had ammonia with it.
Then I stripped with Dawn and switched to Tide. I have very hard water and Tide has helped get my diapers clean in the past. I always used about 1/4 scoop for each load and never noticed build up. After switching to Tide I had no ammonia issues for an entire year!
Almost one year to the day, I am discovering ammonia again! I stripped with Dawn (but not the original blue formula) and sprayed Bac-Out on every single diaper before putting it into the pail. Ammonia was still there but not as noticeable, and only in the night time diapers.
I followed the package’s directions and stripped with both formulas. Sniff, sniff. Still there!
I emailed the creator of Rockin’ Green, Kim, my dismay and this is what she wrote back:
When it comes to Tide, it can really take a while to pull it all out honestly. Generally the first few washes does nothing but pull out the old tide that is in your diapers, which can cause the stink to be worse in the beginning. In our lab tests, it has taken up to 20 washes to even start to see a breakdown of the coating that is created with Tide. So it’s pretty heavy duty stuff that bonds with the fabric.
My suggestion would be to soak overnight again with 5-6 tbs, and then follow up with several washes with nothing. Then when you do the funk rock soak, do the 4 tbs as prescribed on the package and do it for about 90 minutes. (if you are doing a lot of diapers that could help) and then do a wash with nothing, then a regular wash with 2 tbs of hard rock and an extra rinse.
Sigh. I was in for a long time of stripping and washing. But I wanted her products to work, so I followed them exactly. Well, almost exactly. Instead of an overnight soak I soaked them for 6 hours during the day (I forgot before going to sleep that night).
Tons of water and soap later, my diapers and washing machine smelled fresh! That is, until David wore his diaper for longer than 1 hr. Then the ammonia was terrible!
I had this problem with another all natural cleaner – Charlie’s Soap. But they even admit that their detergent doesn’t work with hard water! Stinkin’ hard water!
I just felt like I had to share my frustration – I know that Rockin’ Green and all those products work for lots of people, but just not for me. Natural soaps mixed with the minerals in my hard water isn’t getting my diapers clean. I have tried Calgon, and that seems to help but it is pricey and it works as well as just Tide.
I am going to try one more thing before resorting to my regular Tide usage – Eco Sprout. Top To Bottom Baby Boutique is located in Omaha, NE. They said this SAHD (stay at home dad) created detergent is all natural and works in hard water to effectively clean your diapers and eliminate and prevent ammonia. I even read a review on Queen of the Snot Princess. So, I pre ordered a small bag for $11 and will try it for myself.
I will keep you posted! I want to find an all natural detergent that works, otherwise it is Tide all the way and stripping every so often!
UPDATE::: After a long time I did find a cure for my ammonia issues! Read the follow up post to see what I did!