I'm not sure how many of my readers are cloth tapering parents, but I am....of 2 kids under two! If you do cloth diaper, than you are aware one of the biggest challenges is the stink! If you don't wash them just right you are left with an ammonia smell. Only its a hidden smell! Meaning you THINK you washed them right THIS time because they smell fresh. Then your kiddo pees just a tiny bit and BAM you are hit with an overpowering ammonia smell. It is one of the moat frustrating thing to endure.
I have been using one of the biggest name brand cloth diaper soap available. I soak my diapers in hot water with said soap, then rinse then wash again with more soap and another rinse. It just doesn't always get out the smell. I hate to reach it just to avoid the smell so I am changing diapers more frequently.
Then I found Eco Sprout through Facebook. They sent me a few sample packs of their cloth diaper safe detergent for review! I did the same process, just with a different detergent. I tried their unscented, In The Buff, detergent first.
After drying my diapers on a low heat with wool dryer balls, (winter here so no line drying!), they came out nice and clean. Any stains on the diapers before hand were minimized. But the true test for us is after use. So I put a fresh diaper on each of my kids, after an hour or two there still wasn't the ammonia smell so I checked to see if they wet, sure enough! It really helped pull out the ammonia smell! But I thought I should give it another try. This time with their scented detergent. First I tried the Lavender Chamomile, then the Warm Vanilla Sugar. Eco Sprout really does the job every time!
Eco Sprout was started by a WAHD, that's right... a Work-at-home-dad who was looking for a cloth diaper detergent that was great for not just cloth diapers, but for the entire family's laundry.
Frustrated by trying various detergents over and over, nothing ever seemed to kick the ammonia smell, both on the diapers and in the pail! All the usual remedies were tried, baking soda, vinegar, special products made just for the ammonia, pail scents...you name it! It just got to be overwhelming. There had to be a way to just use one product and simplify the washing process.
Once that thought entered his head...the research began. It wasn't easy, he wanted something that was environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and 100% natural. But it had to work! It had to CLEAN the diapers too. After months of trial and research he finally did it! Came up with the perfect balance that resulted in clean diapers, derived from natural ingredients, 100% bio-degradable, and kicked the ammonia smell!
Samples were sent out, family and friends began to use the product and the word got out. Soon thereafter, Eco Sprout was born!
We are a small family run company with complete attention to quality control. Each batch of Eco Sprout is hand made and mixed, ensuring a pure batch. We want families to know that small changes can make a big difference! Changing to an all natural detergent that is highly concentrated limits waste. Less is more and all of that...
We will continue to strive to provide earth friendly products that are natural and safe and will help families go green from the ground up!
We appreciate all of your support, and every order that we receive.
The Eco Sprout Family
I'm so excited to have found Eco Sprout and their natural detergent! (I'm a sucker for organic/natural!). It works great for removing the diaper stink, plus its great for all your regular laundry too, if you aren't one for separate detergents. They are the go-to diaper detergent for removing your ammonia smell.
"Eco Sprout detergent is an environmentally friendly, all natural detergent that's great for your entire family. It is SAFE for cloth diapers and sensitive skin. Our detergent is free from dyes, brighteners, enzymes, phosphates and is 100% biodegradable. Finally, a clean you can trust!"
The only thing I did notice, or didn't for that matter, was any scent from the scented samples. I couldn't smell any scent in the bag or on my laundry. Maybe it was just the sample size, or something on my end, but once I make it through most of my other cloth diaper detergent, I WILL be getting some more Eco Sprout to try out again!!!!
Comes in 3 different sizes:
- 48oz bag : 48 to 96 loads*
- 24oz bag: 24 to 48 loads*
- 2oz sample bag: 2 to 4 loads*
Prices are 48oz $13.98, 24oz $7.98, or 2oz $1.75. They have a variety of scents and of course In The Buff unscented.
WIN IT: Eco Sprout has offered one of my readers a variety pack of 4 sample scents! Use the form below to enter. giveaway ends 3/25/11.
Eco Sprout website
Eco Sprout website
*This is not a paid review. I share only my honest opinions. Thank you to the sponsor for these items provided for free. Sponsor is liable for all prizes sent and received. US and Canada only please.*