If you haven’t heard about Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps yet, let me be the first to tell you – best stuff ever. Especially if you cloth diaper your little ones. BUT, Dr. Bronner’s is not only for cloth diapering, it’s for anything and everything. Your laundry, your kitchen, floors, face, bod. Everywhere that needs to be washed. And, it really is magic (I didn’t make that part up). Let me tell you what led me to Dr. Bronner’s in the first place, then you’ll understand why I think it’s the greatest stuff around.
I have been cloth diapering my daughter since birth, so about 15 months. Things were just dandy in the beginning. I had a detergent that I liked, that didn’t irritate my girl’s incredibly sensitive skin, and didn’t cost a bundle. Perfect! Until……that brand decided to change their formula somewhere a few months back.
Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, the diapers started to stink. And BAD! I’m talking the kind of stink that will knock you out. And along with the stink came rashes. Oh man. It was bad. So I began the search for another detergent. I have tried just about every national brand under the sun, every detergent marketed for cloth diapers, and nearly every natural detergent I could find. Most of them met with no success. Some just didn’t clean anything at all (gross). Some made things a lot worse. Some seemed to work, and then a week later we would be back where we started. With me stripping diapers just about every week. Have you ever stripped your cloth diapers? Do you even know what I’m talking about? It’s not fun. And, for me, it’s expensive since I don’t have a washer and dryer in my apartment.
But, then I remembered a conversation I had with a family member. She mentioned in passing that she likes Dr. Bronner’s. I saw Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds at the health food store, so I thought why not? What have a got to loose? Didn’t even think twice about the $12.00 price tag. I’ve seen worse. Much worse.
So I went home that night, stripped the diapers with Dawn. Rinsed rinsed rinsed, and set out the next morning with a fresh stack of diapers for the day. We made it through the first round with no problems. But I wasn’t sold. Washed again with 2 tablespoons of Sal Suds, used them and again no problems. But I’m not going to sit here and tell you that something is great if I have only used it a couple of times! We have been using Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds for about a month now, and still no sign of rashes or stinkies. And the best part, I haven’t had to strip the diapers yet either! I also noticed, her diapers are actually softer. There’s no fabric softener or anything like that in the Sal Suds, it just works so well that the fibers are clean and soft! Works in cold or hot water, hard or soft. So you don’t even have to think about it. Another great thing about Dr. Bronner’s is you don’t have to use much of it. I have been using about 2 tablespoons in the wash and that seems to be just right. So, while the price tag may shock you a bit, you get a lot of use out of one bottle. If you have an HE machine, try 1 tablespoon first, and go from there. This is soap, so it does make suds.
Knowing how awesome Sal Suds is, I wanted to check out what else Dr. Bronner’s had to offer. The question is, what doesn’t Dr. Bronner’s make? There’s lip balm, bar soaps, lots of liquid soaps with different scents. There’s even a facial soap with tea tree oil that’s supposed to be great for sensitive skin. That’s at the top of my shopping list! There’s also shampoo, conditioner, body lotions, the list goes on.
But if you can only commit to trying one thing, please do try the Sal Suds cleaner first. You can clean your whole house and laundry with it. If you have someone with very sensitive skin, or have had any troubles with your cloth diaper routine, this might be just the soap for you. If you are looking to stay green and be friendly to the environment, the Dr. has you covered there too.
Here’s some more facts about Dr. Bonner’s:
*Certified Fair Trade
*Top Quality Ingredients
*Over 60 years as a company and 150 years of soap making experience!
Be sure to check out the Dr. Bronner’s website monthly. They run specials, and you won’t want to miss out on those! The July special is 15% off all peppermint soaps and lotions. I love peppermint! When you are done shopping, be sure to browse the site for other info about the brand, soap and much more.
*I was not compensated in any way for this post. All views and opinions are strictly my own.*