Traditional detergents and softeners can have a detrimental effect on both the effectiveness of cloth nappies and on your baby’s skin.
Traditional fabric softeners work by leaving a thin film on fibres which can decrease absorption within cloth nappies (causing leakage – which no one wants!) As nappies are so absorbent they are more prone than other fibres to a buildup of this residue.
Planetkind soapnuts clean using a plant-based saponin (surfactant) and while it is natural like a soap, acts similar to a detergent when it comes to laundry. This means there is little to no residue and can even remove residue buildup left by other products.
When you use soap nuts you don’t need softeners as the soapnuts gently loosen fibres during the washing and drying process. This together with any light residue of saponin left behind from washing have the combined effect of softening the laundry.
As they don’t contain any dyes,fragrances, enzymes or additives that can contribute to the deterioration or wear/tear on diapers they really are a nappy-friendly solution to washing and softening cloth nappies.
Chemicals found in many commercially-sold detergents can worsen conditions such as eczema and psoriasis in areas where the fabric comes into contact with your baby’s skin. Planetkind USDA certified organic soapnuts do not contain toxins that could harm your baby. You may notice that there are not a lot of suds produced compared to what you are used to – contrary to what we are led to believe, the amount of foam does not represent the cleaning power.
Try us out on your cloth nappies today!