When I started cloth diapering my daughter, Crunchy Clean was the very first diaper detergent I purchased. It was recommended to me by a friend who had been using it since she started cloth diapering over a year prior. I say it was the "first" diaper detergent I purchased because I'm one of those people that has to try a variety of brands to see which ones are my favorites. LOL
Crunchy Clean Basics:
Crunchy Clean diaper detergent comes in two formulas, original and a hard water formula. I have only used the hard water formula, so my review is based on that formula.
Here is some information directly from Crunchy Clean’s website…
This cloth diaper detergent special blend of naturally occurring minerals, detergents, oxygen releasing agents that have proven to clean diapers in a safe way that does not harm your precious baby or your diapers. It does work to kill bacteria, and works great in any temperature wash and any type of machine. You can use it to soak your diapers to kill germs or get rid of stains as well as wash your diapers regularly.
• No optical brighteners, fillers, dyes, or enzymes.
• Great for military use!
• Clean rinsing - an extra rinse isn't necessary!
• No soap to build up in your diapers.
• HE compatible.
• Great for all of your family's clothing and diapers.
Packages come in various shapes and sizes ranging from a sample bag for 8 loads, to the large size bag which will wash 160 loads in a regular washer up to 320 in a high efficiency washer.
Upon opening the package, I found this cute “brown paper bag” with the Crunchy Clean logo clearly printed on the front and an adorable little wooden scoop. I don’t think I had the detergent in my possession for more than 30 seconds before I HAD to open it. Upon opening it, I smelled the most amazing scent ever…Monkey Farts! I would definitely recommend this scent to anyone. It makes me WANT to do laundry just so I can smell it. On occasion I may even be caught in the laundry room taking a quick sniff just because! It’s that YUMMY!
How I Use Crunchy Clean:
I always do an initial cold water rinse of the diapers just to get things going and to remove any remaining particles. Once the pre-rinse is complete I fill the washer with hot water, add two wooden scoopfuls of Crunchy Clean and let the agitator swish everything for a couple of minutes. Then I shut off the washer and let the diapers soak for an hour or so. We have really hard water, and I’ve found this to be helpful. If you don’t have hard water, this probably wouldn’t be necessary. Once an hour has gone by, I turn the washer back on and let it finish the wash cycle and rinse. VOILA!
What I like about Crunchy Clean:
I like that it is diaper safe and a clean rinsing formula…meaning that it doesn’t leave any residue on your diapers. Residue can make your diapers repell liquid and you don't want that!
The super cute packaging and little wooden scoop are nice and useful. The bag is resalable so you can keep the moisture out, which is often a problem in laundry rooms and the scoop is easy to use, so you get just the right amount of detergent.
Crunchy Clean offers a wide variety of scents to choose from and even an unscented formula for those with sensitivities.
While using this detergent, I haven’t had any out of the ordinary issues with ammonia in diapers even though I use microfiber inserts.
What I don’t like about Crunchy Clean:
I have to order through the mail. I'm not always this organized, I wish there was someplace nearby that I could just pick it up when I needed it. LOL
I also wish that some of that yummy Monkey Fart scent would stick to the laundry, but that is the whole idea behind Crunchy Clean, that your laundry is just that...CLEAN and nothing else! :)
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