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Fluffy Friday: How to Wash Cloth Diapers in a Front Loader {and a Molly’s Suds Detergent Review}


I promise using cloth diapers really is easy.  So many, I feel, tend to over think the process which makes it seem overwhelming.  Just think back a few decades ago when everyone used cloth diapers and there were no options.  They did it.  It worked.

Sure, new products and gadgets can make the process easier, but a lot of times they also tend to complicated the process.  Modern washing machines sure are nice {so is the indoor plumbing that comes along}, but lots of people tend to run into problems when washing cloth diapers in a Front Loading Washing Machine – or any other HE machine.  Today, I’m going to share with you how I’ve washed my cloth diapers in a Front Loader… successfully for over 3.5 years now!

Wash CDs in Front Loader

I already had a Front Loader when I decided to cloth diaper Sophia and even though I read that people had issues, it wasn’t a concern enough to go out and buy a new washer for only cloth diapering!  So, I decided I would make it work.  I purchased the HE machine to save money to begin with, so it had to go hand in hand with cloth diapering, I thought!

One of the reasons that so many believe that cloth diapers don’t come clean in Front Loaders and other HE machines is because they feel that the machines don’t use enough water.  Now, I’m no scientist and I’m not claiming to be {or chemist, plumber, whoever can make these scientific proclamations}, but I can attest to the fact that I’ve been washing my cloth diapers in a HE washer for over 3.5 years quite successfully!

You may have heard of the “Wet Towel Trick” – where you put in a wet towel with your diapers to “trick” your HE machine into thinking the load is heavier and it will use more water.  I can’t say if this works or not, really, who can?  Sure, your HE machine may use less water in a load than a traditional Top Loader, but if you put your diapers through a long enough wash and rinses, they will come clean!  And by long enough, I don’t mean 4 or 5.  So, have a look at my wash routine, compare it to yours and tweak as necessary!


I do an initial Warm Rinse just to clean off the diapers, with low spin.  No Detergent

Heavy Duty Wash {my washer runs about 1:30 hours} with Extra Rinse.  Warm/Warm  

How much detergent?

CD Washing TipWell, that’s the million dollar question!  Too much detergent and you could get build-up.  Too little and you’ll get very stinky diapers that tend to leave rashes.  The key is to find out what detergent works best with your water {every area is different}, and how much works for you.  I have generally found that 2 tbsp of a cloth diaper safe detergent, like Molly’s Suds, is a great starter amount.

Finish with a Cold Rinse, just to make sure all detergent is out of the diapers.

Mollys SudsAnd speaking of Molly’s Suds – I was recently sent a bag as a sample to test out on our cloth diapers.  If you’ve been reading SEBG, you may know that I like to use the same detergent on my diapers as I do my clothes, just to simplify life.  With that said, though, I’ve found that Molly’s Suds works absolutely fine on my cloth diapers too!

It is nice to know that the Cloth Diaper Laundry Powder from Molly’s Suds contains No Phosophates, Parabens, or Harsh Chemicals.  It is non-toxic and completely safe for everyone in the family, and has a “A” rating in the EWG Cleaning Guide.  The fact that it’s Fragrance Free {and when you’re diapers are truly clean they smell like… well, nothing} means if you have a baby, or other family member with super sensitive skin, Molly’s Suds may just be the perfect detergent for you!

Mollys Suds Laundry ShelfYou can purchase Molly’s Suds directly from their website and on Amazon.  In addition to the Cloth Diaper Laundry Powder, you’ll also find Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder, All Sport Laundry Powder, Wool Dryer Balls, and Dog Shampoo!

Be sure to follow Molly’s Suds on social media, to stay in the know about new products and sales, by liking them on Facebook and following on Twitter!


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