Rockin Green Soap

Rockin Green Detergent is the hip green mama’s cloth diaper washing go-to detergent.  In comes in soft rock, classic rock or hard rock, the latter specially formulated for hard water.  And it comes in a variety of scents, like ‘bare naked babies’ ”rage against the raspberry’ and ‘orangevana.’  Hilarious, and works like a charm.  Check it out here.

These are the exhaustive and entertaining FAQ’s I grabbed from their website:
Is it safe for my diapers?
Absolutely! You don’t have to worry about repelling or buildup with Rockin’ Green. And you only use a small amount with each load of clothes, so it rinses clean. In most cases you don’t even need to do an extra rinse!

Will it void my diaper warranty? Like with Bumgenius, etc?
Many manufacturers have specific instructions on how and what to use when washing your cloth diapers. For example Bumgenius states:

You should only use detergents that are free of dyes, enzymes, perfumes, essential oils, whiteners and brighteners.

Rockin’ Green is free of dyes, enzymes, whiteners and brighteners. So you can rest assured that it is safe for all diapers. The scented version does contain natural fragrances, so for those worried about warranty issues order either the soft rock version, or the classic or hard rock formula, unscented.

Can I use it on other laundry?
Yes! We use it on all our laundry here, and many of my customers find it easier to use one detergent for all their laundry.

My baby is really sensitive, what do you recommend?
Try the soft rock formula! It has been tested on some of the pickiest babies around with great results.

My diapers stink! Will Rockin’ Green help?
Yeap! You can do a mini-strip when you first start using Rockin’ Green to get the jump on the funk.

1. Fill your washer with hot water and 3 Tbsp of Rockin’ Green, along with your diapers.

2. Let it soak for approximately 30-60 minutes. Then launder several times skipping the soap. If you have a HE machine, you may have to consult your manual but you can usually do a soak by pressing the start or pause button.

*Tip: Repeat this process anytime you need a good deep-cleaning. If your diapers have excessive buildup or residue, it may take a few soaks to get them in good condition.

You can also do a soak anytime that you feel your diapers need a good deep cleaning.

Keep using Rockin’ Green to keep the stinkies at bay.

Do I need to do anything special if I am switching from another detergent? What about Tide?If you are switching from a clean rinsing detergent, you may have little to no trouble switching to Rockin’ Green. If you are using something like Tide however, you may experience some problems as the built up soap is drawn to the surface of your diapers. Even diapers that appeared to be clean before switching, may suddenly become stinky the first few washes with Rockin’ Green. This is totally normal, and will improve with continued use. Some people may even experience rashes and repelling as the old detergent is being flushed out. To speed up the process, try Rockin’ an overnight soak with 3 Tbs of Rockin’ Green followed by several washes with nothing. Repeat the process until your diapers are fresh smelling again.

Will Rockin’ Green work on my Hard Water? Soft Water?
Yes. Rockin’ Green was designed with hard water problems in mind, so even if you have had trouble finding things that work in the past, Rockin’ Green will surprise you. If you have soft water, you can use even less Rockin’ Green to get the same effect. Begin with 1 tbs, and adjust the amount as needed.

My baby has a rash! Help!

Rashes can be caused by a lot of things, changes in diet, teething, suede-cloth allergies etc…so when in doubt send us an email and we will help you troubleshoot. Seriously, they call us the laundry gurus for a reason! Here’s the most common causes of detergent related rashes and possible solutions:

-Did you recently switch to Rockin’ Green? If you just made the jump, it’s most likely old detergent coming to the surface and causing issues. Even if your first soak was clear, it’s possible that minerals, enzymes and other gunk are now living on the surface of your diapers. So try Rockin’ another soak and following up with several washes with nothing.

-Diapers look and smell great, but you are experiencing irritation? Get naked! Bare Naked that is….while we have taken great care to pick the gentlest scents on the market, we know that sometimes babies don’t like to follow the rules. So skip the scent and try unscented.

-Diapers stinky? Coupled with sore bottoms? Check your wash routine. Make sure that you are doing enough rinsing at both the beginning and end of your routine. Sometimes adding on an extra rinse at the end is all you need to fix an angry bottom.

-Diapers stink and extra rinsing doesn’t help? Make sure that you are using the right formula for your water type. When in doubt send us an email or give us a call and we would be happy to help you figure out your water type. We can not only identify your particular water issues, but help you figure out the right dosage too.

-We have gone out of our way to create a product that is both safe for the environment and babies, and have recently reformulated our products to use a milder surfactant and gentler scents. So if something isn’t working for you, we want to know about so we can create something that will!

I just started using Rockin’ Green and they smell worse! What’s up?
Sometimes, it takes a few washes to experience the full benefit of Rockin’ Green. With each wash, Rockin’ Green will work to pull out the trapped in detergent, grime and minerals that are inside your diapers and inserts, which can temporarily cause stink issues or even repelling for some people. If you experience this problem, we would suggest you Rock a Soak overnight and then do several washes with no soap added to flush out all the gunk. Repeat the process until your diapers are clean smelling, and then continue to use Rockin’ Green at the recommended dosage for day to day washings.

Will the scented oils cause problems with my diapers?
There is approximately 10 drops of natural fragrance oil per 45 load batch so the amount of oil in each load is negligible. The oils used in Rockin’ Green are 100% natural, so the risk of irritation is much less than other scented products on the market.

Will Rockin’ Green work on my HE Washer? My Frontloader?
Absolutely! And because it’s a non-foaming formula, you don’t have to worry about using too much in your HE washer. Just use 1 Tbs per load.

What if my washer doesn’t accept powdered detergents?
Most washers have an option for both liquid and powdered detergents. You simply pop the liquid dispenser part out of the drawer to make it powder ready. If you wish you can mix the detergent with a cup or so of water to create a liquid, and then pour that into your detergent drawer.

Is Rockin’ Green phosphate free?
Yes, Rockin’ Green is 100% phosphate free. And dioxin free….petroleum free…and fat free!

Is Rockin’ Green SLS Free?
Yes! It’s also animal by-product free, never tested on animals…biodegradable….and a bunch of other Mother Earth Rockin’ goodness!

Formula

Rockin’ Green comes in several different formulas- so there is something for everyone!

  • Soft – this formula is designed for those that have sensitive little ones or soft water.
  • Classic – this is the original formula, and is great for those with moderate hard water, or just those that are battling with stinkies. Comes in unscented and scented varieties.
  • Hard – This formula is designed for the most troubling of water types.

All Rockin’ Green formulas are designed with the same great ingredients, and work for all water types. Most people do great with the Classic formula, so when in doubt start off with that formula.

Rockin’ A Frontloader

We have compiled a list of the different front loader models, along with successful wash routines for each. Since Rockin’ Green is clean rinsing, you should be able to easily Rock a Frontloader now!

Bosch Nexxt -Soak Cycle. 1T Rockin Green. Let it soak for 30min or more. This washer uses minimal amounts of water so the soak helps to get the diapers good and wet before the wash. Drain
-Hot wash. 1T Rockin green with extra rinse.
-If it has been 3 or more days for the diapers it helps to do an additional warm/hot wash with no detergent.
Frigidaire Affinity FL HE -normal wash on cold/cold with tiny bit of detergent
-normal wash on hot/cold with tiny bit of detergent (1 tbs of RnG)
-extra rinse
GE Spacemaker Model #: WSSH300GWW -1st run through is this: no detergent, Rinse cycle, cold/cold, med spin
-2nd run through: 1 tbs of RnG, perm. press cycle, hot/cold, med spin, heavy soil/stain and extra rinse option turned on
– 3rd run through: no detergent, quick wash cycle, warm/cold, high spin
GE WCVH6800J1WW – start a cold rinse by pushing “speed wash”, “normal soil”, “medium spin”, “tap cold”, NO detergent.
-Once the cold rinse is complete pull out the wash drawer. Add 1 tablespoon of Rockin Green Soap. With the following settings- “whites”, “normal soil”, “medium spin”, “warm”, “extra rinse”. *Use the My Cycle option to program your wash routine for future washes.
HE Cambrio/Toploader -Rinse&Spin (cold/cold) with no soap
-Then a Normal cycle, set it to hot/cold with an extra rinse and a pre-soak with 2 tbs of RnG.
Kenmore Elite H3 -Rinse/Spin – 2nd Rinse, No spin, Tap Cold
-Heavy Duty – 2nd Rinse, Hot/Cold, High Spin cycle)
Kenmore HE2 Plus -Rinse/Drain & Spin Cycle on Cold/Cold. I always make sure to press the Prewash & Second Rinse buttons
-Add 2 TBSP of RG to detergent bin
-Whitest Whites Cycle on Hot/Cold, High Spin Speed, Prewash, & Second Rinse.
LG Frontloader -Cold/cold on delicate with water plus
-Hot/cold on cotton wash with water plus, 2tbsp of RG
-Cold/cold on delicate with water plus, no soap
LG WM0642HW -Rinse & Spin (default setting of warm/cold) –
-Sanitary (again default water settings extra hot/cold) 1:45 1 table spoon of rockin green.
Maytag Epic Z -Wash on sanitary setting with highest water and extra rinse. We throw in two sopping wet towels for extra water/weight. –
-Extra Rinse/Spin cycle
Maytag Epic -on the ‘cycle’ knob select ‘heavy duty’
-adjust the soil level to the maximum
-select hot for wash and cold for rinse
-push the ‘prewash’ and ‘extra rinse” buttons
-use 1 tbs of Rockin’ Green
Maytag Neptune -1st cycle: heavy soil cold/cold with extra rinse
-2nd cycle: heavy soil hot/cold with extra rinse and 1-2 tbsp. Rockin’ Green, sometimes adding a presoak for heavily soiled diapers
*Delay wash option is good for washing diapers overnight.
Samsung HE FL model number:WF218ANB -Rinse and spin cycle with extra rinse (cold water) no detergent
– Hot/cold heavy duty cycle with extra wash/extra rinse +detergent
-Rinse and spin cycle again with extra rinse

If you have something to contribute to the database please send us an email and we will add you to the list.

Note: These wash routines are sent in by customers, and as with anything there are more than one way to wash diapers. So if you have a method that works for you, continue to do so. If you are having trouble, and are looking for a different routine give these a whirl.

Frontloader Problems?

Every day I get emails from customers regarding the right wash routine for their HE machines. Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to figure out the right wash routine for your cloth diapers, but with a little bit of persistence most people LOVE their HE machines for cloth.

A Word About HE Machines and Ammonia…
The main thing that I would recommend when using a front loader, is to make sure that you are getting plenty of water through your diapers during the inital rinse/wash prior to adding the soap. Some of the most successful wash routines involve a long cold wash before adding the soap.

You can also try the towel trick- by throwing in a few towels along with your diapers to trick your washer into using more water.

Here’s a great article from Bummis.com regarding front loaders and ammonia problems

Your diapers should smell clean after they are washed. If they smell like urine, then it is clear that they have a urine residue. If they smell clean after they are washed and then like ammonia after the first pee, then it is probable that they have a urine residue.

How do I know I have a urine residue?

  • Strong odor of ammonia
  • Bad diaper rash

Where does the “stink” come from?
When a wet cloth diaper smells really bad, it is most likely due to an overproduction of ammonia. In the body, ammonia is converted to urea and excreted. Once the urine is released, the urea begins converting back to ammonia, so some ammonia smell is perfectly normal.

Lingering urea in the diaper and certain types of bacteria can speed up and increase the production of ammonia. So if you smell an unusually strong odor of ammonia after your baby pees, you most likely have a biological residue in your diaper.

This residue is most commonly caused by not using enough water to wash and rinse diapers clean. It can also be caused by not using enough detergent. Detergent is what enables water to enter the fibres of the cloth and release its soil (by decreasing the surface tension of the water). If there is too little water (or detergent), the urine is diluted, but not rinsed away. It is recycled in the wash and dries onto the fabric, remaining there in the form of residues. (From Bummis.com)

So, if you are Rockin’ a Frontloader there is no need to worry! Just work on getting more water through your diapers, and use the recommended amount of Rockin’ Green for super clean diapers and clothing!

Washing Instructions

First Time User: the mission is to de-funk your diapers! To get rid of built up minerals and left over detergent do the following:

  1. Fill your washer with hot water and 3 Tbsp* of Rockin’ Green, along with your diapers.
  2. Let it soak for approximately 30-60 minutes. Then launder as usual, skipping the soap. If you have a HE machine, you may have to consult your manual but you can usually do a soak by pressing the start or pause button.

Tip: Repeat this process anytime you need a good deep-cleaning. If your diapers have excessive buildup or residue, it may take a few soaks to get them in good condition. For those with really hard water, you may find a quick soak before every wash helpful.

Washing Instructions: washing diapers and clothing should not be a complicated ordeal. Forget everything that you have heard, and keep it simple. You don‘t need extra boosters or add-ons with Rockin’ Green.

  1. Savor the smell of your Rockin’ Green detergent…ahh…yummy….
  2. Dump your diapers/clothes into the washer and do a cold rinse/wash to get the nasties out prior to the wash cycle. The more water, the better!
  3. Add the detergent and do a hot wash. Use 2-3 Tbsp* per load. For HE machines or those with soft water use 1-2 Tbsp*. Rockin’ Green is good for clothes and diapers. So toss a couple tablespoons in there!
  4. Double Rinse.
  5. Enjoy your clean fluff!

Continue to use Rockin’ Green to keep the stinkies at bay.

*If you have soft water, you may need less detergent than that indicated. So start with 1 tbs, and go up from there as needed.

Rinsing
Rockin’ Green is a clean rinsing formula, so many people find that they can eliminate extra rinses from the end of their wash routine. Which saves time and money!

Rockin’ Green makes the diaper laundry FUN again!

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2 Responses

  1. I enjoyed reading your post – it made me think… Also, thank you for letting me to comment!

  2. I hope you found something that you love! I do happen to love Rockin’ Green. I’ve never had any problems with it. I started out with cloth diapers and now I just use it on all of my laundry. I love that Smashing Watermelons scent!

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