I decided I'd try it out so I bought some. First I had to do a major long soak in hot water with all of my cloth diapers, wipes, inserts and doublers. Why? Eco Sprout says that doing this will eliminate any build up from other detergents, minerals and grime on the diapers. They also say that it will prevent any potential risk for rash that can occur when you switch cloth diaper detergents. I questioned the validity in their claims, however, the vast majority of the reviews and comments I read during my search showed that those who did not do this saw no difference in their diapers.
After doing the overnight soak in my washer and following the directions after that I started using my diapers again. I have a top loading washer that is not energy efficient so smell has never really been an issue for my diapers. The stains? That's a different story. My son, even though he's potty trained, still wears his bumGenius 3.0's at night. They've been used for three years now and their color's definitely faded and the whites are not as pearly as they once were. I was shocked when I pulled these out after the soaking process. They were white. I'm not exaggerating this either; if it didn't work I wouldn't tell you about it!
I bought the 96oz bag back in the beginning of October and while I've only used it for my diapers, I am still using the same bag. That's efficient. I only have to use two scoops for bigger jobs so if I'm on top of my game and haven't procrastinated doing diapers, one scoop will definitely do the trick. I also was impressed that you can use Eco Sprout for all of your laundering needs. Since I've started blogging more seriously I've been writing a lot about the presence of unneeded chemicals in our every day products. Let me tell you, it's scary stuff. Eco Sprout is 100% safe for your skin and it gets the job done. I've been using it intermittently with my regular clothes and it does an awesome job at getting clothes clean. Even if you're not a cloth diaper user you should definitely look into using Eco Sprout.
As for the smell problems that others were talking about; I did have the chance to experience that lovely issue over Christmas. I was at my parents' house and they have a HE washing machine. Boy can that thing hold the ammonia smell in! I did bring my Eco Sprout with me but since I'm not used to an HE washer I'm certain this is why my diapers smelled. After only doing one long soak of eight hours in hot water with Eco Sprout my diapers were back to their odorless state!
I purchased my Eco Sprout from Amber, who owns Cloth Diapers to Go, here in Minnesota. I found Amber's store on Eco Sprout's retailer list. She offers free shipping all over the US which is what hooked me in! (Plus, as a fellow 10,000 lakes resident, I had to support her!) The other thing that I love about Amber's store is that she has a great military discount. My dad is retired Air Force and I grew up as a brat so this is a cause I definitely support. There's also a wealth of information on her site about cloth diapering.
Amber's graciously offered to sponsor a giveaway for the Newborn Cloth Diaper Celebration! One FTM follower will win a 96oz bag of Eco Sprout in their choice of scent! This is the last giveaway for this awesome event. I don't know about you but I have had a ton of fun writing about it and learning from the other bloggers participating.
*Giveaway ends 2/6 and is open to US only.*
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