Thank you to Rockin' Green for participating in the Goodie Goodie Gumdrops Earth Week Event!
Update 4/28/10: The Rockin' Green website has had a makeover! Some of the information in my review is now obsolete so please be sure to check out this post to learn about the changes!
When I decided to walk through the pearly gates into the land of snaps and fluff, I knew I needed a detergent that wouldn't funk-ify my booty-ful new diapers. Being a newbie, I consulted my crunchy mama friends and they all replied with the same recommendation: Rockin' Green Soap.
Rockin' Green Soap, made by a wicked cool WAHM, is true to its name. It's "green" - and it sure does rock! This detergent is made of safe, phosphate-free ingredients which are good for the planet and safe for kids and adults. Best of all, it's completely safe for cloth diapers, so you can kiss repelling and stinkies goodbye. No boosters or softeners or other add-ons needed. Just a few tablespoons for sparkly clean dipes. As a matter of fact, if you wish, you can use it to clean all your laundry!
Some more things to love about Rockin' Green:
- Dye free
- Yummy scents
- No fillers
- No enzymes or optical brighteners
- Great for sensitive skin
- Easy rinsing
- Approved for military use
- Works wonders on microfiber stink
- HE compatible
- Reusable packaging
- Great for all water types
- Economical at $.13/load
- Soft Rock - unscented, designed for sensitive skin and/or soft water
- Classic Rock - original formula, scented and unscented versions, for moderate hard water or those battling stinky diapers
- Hard Rock - new release, designed for those with the hardest of water
After a few washes, I did begin to notice an ammonia smell when Nate would pee in his cloth diapers. Having done my research, I knew this was a sign of buildup. So, I consulted Rockin' Green's troubleshooting page and did a mini-strip, which was basically a nice long soak and laundering as usual. As my diapers soaked, I perused the site and discovered a list of specific washing machine models and successful washing routines. Wouldn't you know that my model was listed?! And I found that I hadn't been using enough detergent! I wasn't getting all of the urine out of the inserts - YUCK! I added another tablespoon to my hot wash cycle, did an extra cold rinse and problem solved. No more buildup and no more stinkies! YAY! I would definitely recommend experimenting with about 2 tablespoons (don't be shy!) and adjusting "the volume" up or down depending on your washer model and water type.
As my Grape Soda sample nears its end, I am begging for an encore. I think I may try Vanilla Buttercream or Mango Sorbet next. Mmmm...I can almost smell it already...
Bottom line: If you want a detergent that pampers the planet as well as your ultra-cute cloth diapers, Rockin' Green is where it's at.
BUY IT: You can purchase Rockin' Green Detergent online at www.rockingreensoap.com. 5/10 samples (enough for 5 loads in traditional top-loader or 10 in an HE/front-loader) start at just $2.50 with $1 shipping! You can also purchase diaper pail sprinkles to get rid of the grunge in your pail or wet bag (ARV $6.50).
WIN IT: Kim from Rockin' Green is generously offering one lucky reader a 45/90 bag of Rockin' Green Soap in their choice of scent and formula - up to a $16 value! WOOT!
MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY): Visit Rockin' Green and tell me which scent and formula you would choose. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile to prevent disqualification!
SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES): To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count! Remember to leave one comment per entry.
1.) Follow my blog and/or subscribe via reader or email. If you already follow and/or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry each)
2.) Follow me and Rockin' Green on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You can do this daily! You may use the following tweet of come up with one of your own:
De-funk your #clothdiapers with @RockinGreenSoap! Win a 45/90 bag in your choice of scent and formula @kris10chumley http://bit.ly/cEMtMH
Just leave a comment with your tweet link. (1 entry per day max)
3.) Become a fan of Rockin' Green Soap on Facebook. (1 entry)
4.) Add my regular blog button and/or event button to your site and leave a comment with the link to where I can find it. (1 entry/each)
Giveaway will end on May 8, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
Disclaimer: I was offered this giveaway opportunity from Kim at Rockin' Green. The sample I used was purchased on my own and I liked the product so much, I wanted to share it with my readers. I was not compensated in any way for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are purely mine. Your experience may differ.