Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Figuring out the best way to get your cloth diapers clean can be a daunting task.  I follow conversations online about the many different ways to wash cloth diapers and have found opinions differ.  It can be quite discouraging if you can't find the right washing routine.  There's many types of detergents available out there, and variants of washing machines, (e.g top-loading, front-loading) so how do you know what is the better choice for you and for the environment?
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I was using a free and clear detergent for all our laundry because we have sensitive skin.  I read that this detergent was safe on diapers, so it was nice to not have to worry about changing. However, we started having some barnyard stink issues, so I decided to try Ultra Tide Original HE to see if that eradicated the odor. This change helped tremendously, and I was happy until I wondered what all the ingredients were... so I went to the P&G website and searched Ultra Tide HE Powder Detergent- Original and you can get any Tide ingredient list downloaded as a PDF file there.   It was alarming how lengthy the list is and several of the ingredients are known to be harmful. The Environmental Working Group researched and scored Tide with an F, the worst possible rating for laundry detergents on their site. Check EWG to further investigate the concerns with the ingredients in Tide.
A mother only wants the best for her baby, and choosing cloth diapers is a fantastic way to provide your child with a healthier alternative.  Being attentive of environmentally safe laundry detergents and using them is an impressive way to perpetuate your cloth diaper craze and eco-consciousness! Taking care of your family and taking care of Earth is an easy thing to do with Rockin' Green.  The ingredients in all of the Rockin' Green products are made with a biodegradable plant-based and petroleum-free surfactant. I made an infographic comparing the ingredient list side by side. Tide has 19 listed ingredients and Rockin' Green has only 6!
There's a super simple way for anyone to give Rockin' Green a try, that way you can see how well it works.  They conveniently offer a 3-Pack Sample Kit and it comes with a coupon to get your money back with your next order of $25 or more!  These samples contain about 3 Tablespoons per packet.
Rockin' Green says that HE frontload washers only need 2 TBSP of soap, and top loaders need 3.  Although they also say there are variables such as size of the load, how soiled the diapers are and if you have hard or soft water.  These all must be considered, and it can take some trial and error to find the right dosage.
This rang true for me, we have a frontloader HE machine and the first wash I used 2 TBSPs of the Classic Rock Motley Clean and didn't feel it really cleaned the diapers very well.  I didn't see any suds during the entire wash, and didn't notice a scent from the detergent either.  So the second wash, I used the entire packet of the Classic Rock Smashing Watermelons.  Again, no suds or scent.  It was odd for me to be without these familiar components.  The diapers came out very clean, so I think I found the right routine. I washed the next load again with a full 3 TBSPs. Now, I do wash quite a bit of diapers at once!  I wash 3 days of diapers at a time.  I think Rockin' Green did an amazing job at washing the diapers.
I do want to dig into the reasons behind seeing less suds in the wash.  I think many people believe that there needs to be suds/bubbles in their wash to ensure it's working.  Suds are caused by surfactants, which are molecules with a non polar and polar end that congregate between either liquids and solids or liquids and liquids.  Basically, a surfactant gets in between the layers of dirt (or excretions in this case) and water, then separates them. Surfactants can be organic or synthetic and the synthetic surfactants are not biodegradable.  
Rockin' Green is committed to giving families a non-toxic, gentle formula with substantial cleaning power! Rockin' Green uses organic and biodegradable surfactants,  leaving less residue and is safe for your baby's skin.  Here's a few facts about Rockin' Green:
*Biodegradable and packaging is recyclable
*Phosphate free
*No NPE's or APE's
*No 1-4 dioxane
*No SLS or Parabens
*contains no optical brighteners
*No artificial fragrances
*Gluten free and Vegan Friendly
Classic Rock is just one of several choices for laundry detergent.  Classic Rock is best for those with water that isn't too hard.  If your water is hard, you can use Hard Rock.  There's also Athletic Wear Detergent and Doghouse Rock for pets. Rockin' Green also currently offers dishwashing detergent, ammonia bouncer, odor neutralizing spray and many new products are coming soon!  
What do I like most about this product?  The fact that it's safer for my baby and for the environment!
Is there anything I'd change about this product?  I absolutely have nothing that I think would make it better.  I love it just how it is!  I'm one happy customer, and I think you will be too!
I give Rockin' Green Classic Rock a 10/10!
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I'm so thrilled to be able to offer my readers a chance to win a 3.2 lb bag of Classic Concentrate Laundry Detergent!  Thank you Rockin' Green for letting me host a giveaway!  Rockin' Green fits perfectly into the Make it Green in 2015 Campaign!  

Just fill out the competition form below to enter the giveaway!  The giveaway will run from 1/27/15-2/9/15.  Open to US only.  Void where prohibited.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed (so make sure to log into the competition form using the email address you use).  You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.   Rockin' Green Classic Rock
Latched On Mom did not receive payment for the review which was given, a sample product was gifted from Rockin' Green.  Latched On Mom has an affiliation to this company,  however all opinions are my own, written by me.  Other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty.

39 comments:

  1. Rockin Green did not work for me, even using a full cup in my normal water. Was a total waste of money.

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  2. I currently use a homemade detergent. I would love to try Rockin' Green for my mama cloth.

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  3. Question, the main ingredients ( going by their ingredients list, from most to least) are Washing soda, then oxygen bleach. Neither of these things are cleaning agents yet they make up most of the detergent. Can you explain how it cleans?
    Surfactants are listed near the end, only above fragrance. Why is there so little of them? For cloth diapers especially, I cant think of dirtier laundry.

    Also, suds are the product of sudsing agents, not surfactants. That is why when you buy "HE safe" detergent, it isnt weaker, it just suds less. They reduce the sudsing agent, not the surfactant.

    Thank you in advance for answering my questions!

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    1. I hope this helps clarify the purpose and properties of washing soda, from wisegeek.com:
      Washing soda is a highly alkaline chemical compound that can be used to remove stubborn stains from laundry. It also has numerous uses around the house, and it is used in a range of industrial applications as well. Washing soda should not be confused with washing powder, which is a powdered soap used as a detergent; it is also not the same thing as baking soda, although the two compounds are closely related.

      The chemical formula for washing soda is Na2CO3, and it is also known as sodium carbonate. It is a salt of carbonic acid, a chemical that produces a wide range of salts collectively known as carbonates. One common source of washing soda is the ashes of plants; for this reason, it is sometimes called soda ash. Sodium carbonate can also be created from sodium chloride, also known as table salt.

      In laundry, washing soda accomplishes several things. The high alkalinity of washing soda helps it act as a solvent to remove a range of stains, and unlike bleach, washing soda does not usually stain. It is also used in detergent mixtures to treat hard water; the washing soda binds to the minerals which make water hard, allowing detergent to foam properly so that clothing will come out clean, without any residue. Sodium carbonate is also used by some textile artists, since it helps dyes adhere to fabric, resulting in deeper penetration and a longer lasting color.

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  4. I used Rockin Green once upon a time. It was great for creating stinky diapers, horrid rashes, and generally was a waste of money. It is washing soda, fragrance and a sprinkle of surfactant. Use this if you want your child to smell like a barnyard you love spending large amounts of money on junk. Use detergent if you want clean diapers and a rash free bum.

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  5. currently using a free & clear, but looking to try new methods!

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  6. I've used Rockin Green for 4 years now and it works great! The other posters thinking they know the chemical composition of a soap based on the order of things listed on the bag is the dumbest argument I have ever heard. RnG is a detergent. Tide is nasty stuff, and I wouldnt use that junk on my regular clothes much less my babies diapers. Just use a natural soap and figure out the right dosage- not that hard.
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    I've been on some of those "washing" boards- the owners are anonymous and their website owners are hidden, even in the registry! And all their posts are about delamination and busted elastics- makes you wonder if Tide is the culprit. I heard from a few diaper makers that delamination and elastic claims are up by 300% since the Tide fad started. No thanks!

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    1. The 'fad' is actually CD safe detergents, and you must not know how to read labels if you arent aware that the ingredients are listed by most to least on most things, including the food you eat, and detergents.

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  7. (Reposting) You still dont know the %. It could be 1% or 15%. Most detergents have surfactants towards the end, only to be followed by .5-1% of enzymes or misc fillers.

    There have been countless small diaper manufacturers that have gone out of business or are struggling due to Tide/Bleach warranty claims. I would much rather support the industry than P&G who makes disposable diapers.

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  8. Isn't it funny how people have different experiences with the same thing? I've tried every type of "homemade laundry soap" over the last twenty years, and so has my mother, and all we ever got was dirty, smelly, dingy clothes.

    However, I have to giggle a little at laundry detergent that is "gluten-free". Is that truly an issue for some people?

    Oh, darn, I just realized that the contest is US only. I entered, because it would be nice to try the detergent. Can't be worse than homemade laundry soap. LOL

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    1. Some use wheat in fillers. I'm celiac

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  9. I don't use clothing diapers but I would be interested in trying this detergent out because my little boys sure can make some dirty laundry. I will send my cloth diapering friends your way. Thanks for the tips.

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  10. I personally have a lot of issues with detergents. I tend to get rashes with just about all of them. So I'd be very interested in trying this out!

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  11. Lol, wow I didn't think this was such a hot topic. You might as well have written about circumcision. ;)

    I've using Rockin' Green and it worked fine. Didn't hate or love it, but I think how well Detergents work with CDs depends largely on your water type and wash routine. i haven't actually found any detergent I'm super in love with- it's detergent, not much to get excited about. either it works for you or it doesn't.

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  12. I'm a cloth diapering mama with hard water and a top load washer and I've been using Rockin' Green Hard Rock formula for nearly two years now. My kids have super sensitive skin and have never had any issues except when there's an ammonia buildup and then I just use Rockin' Green's Funk Rock. Another might clean better, I don't know but ours seem pretty clean. Sheesh, I didn't realize a post about detergent could cause such a big stink(pun totally intended;).

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    1. If it were actually cleaning well there wouldn't be any ammonia buildup....

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  13. I'm going to use Vaska detergent when little one arrives but would love to try rockin green, I've read great reviews.

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  14. I used RNG with my first child, years ago. Back when I thought that a slight stink and rashes were just part of life if you chose cloth. Looking back, I know that my diapers weren't truly clean and that RNG was to blame. It doesn't clean well, especially not in the small amounts that Kim and the rest of her crew recommend. There are so many great options out there that clean well, not just Tide. There are plenty of plant based natural options. Looking into something with surfactants (and maybe even enzymes!) listed much higher in the ingredient list might be a good idea. RNG isn't much better than homemade IMO.

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    1. They have different dosing now- my latest bag has different dosing on the back

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    2. Yes, of 2 TBSP. How is that supposed to do anything in 40-ish gallons of water?

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  15. I use homemade detergent, with borax, washing soda, and homemade soap. I have not tried RG

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  16. right now I am using Molly's Suds, but I am interested in giving this brand a try as well

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  17. I have never tried it. I'm currently Using titide sensitive. Thanks for the great giveaway and review.

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  18. We currently use Hard Rock Rockin' Green Laundry Detergent and love it! We have hard water and it is so nice to not have to add an extra step to our laundry routine. It gets everything so clean! We also can't do any unnatural scents so we love that we are able to enjoy scent with Rockin' Green without breaking out in a rash!

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  19. I love Rockin' Green Soap! I started using it for my cloth diapers but I actually just use it for everything now. I love the athletic wear formula for my workout clothes. It gets stains and smells out without me having to add anything extra to the washing machine. I definitely appreciate the quality time saver there! Different things work for different people, but I hope there's more people out there who love Rockin' Green as much as I do!

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  20. I have never used Rockin' Green products. This is the first I have heard of this particular product line. I currently make my own detergent: Wash soda/Borax/Fels Naptha. I have very sensitive skin and I would love to try Rockin' Green products. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  21. I haven'the ever used it, but would love to try it out. We currently use tide and purex.

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  22. I haven't tried this brand out at all. So far I've been making do with Nellie's brand, but I really want to test Rockin' Green out.

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  23. I'm currently using Costco detergent but since I plan on cloth diapering I would love to try a cloth diaper safe detergent.

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  24. We're currently using Kirkland's ecofriendly detergent but I didn't realize it had enzymes in it when I bought it. I'd really like to try something more CD and eco friendly like Rockin Green.

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  25. I'm currently using All Free and Clear but not washing diapers right now. I've used Rockin' Green in the past and it was great.

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  26. I'm currently alternating between Charlie's Soap and Tide Original. I really like that Tide is easy to find and available locally. I have used Rockin Green Funk Rock. I was having ammonia issues and it helped clear them up.

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  27. I'm using Tide. I've never heard of or used Rockin' Green before.

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  28. using purex and no ive not tried the rockin green before

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  29. Im using Tide Free & Gentle and it seems to be working ok. I haven't tried Rocking Green yet, however I would love to try it out!

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  30. Ecos Free and Clear, have not tried Rock and Green.

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  31. I haven't tried Rockin' Green yet - I've been using Allen's.

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  32. I recently started cloth diapering. My first detergent tried was All Free & Clear. I am now trying Tide Free and Clear. I used a sample of Rockin' Green to help me clean a pack n' play one, but that's it.

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