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Newborns & Laundry Detergent

Oh my goodness Dreft costs $12. Can I just use my Tide Essentials detergent? It is plant-based and dye free. Also no phosphates or bleaches, and I don't think it has any fragrances. The ingredients are just baking soda, a combination of naturally derived cleaning agents and natural water softener and water. That won't irritate a newborn's skin, right?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:24 AM on Jul. 19, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • just use any other "free & clear" detergent - no dyes & no scents

    that one sounds perfectly fine.

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 11:26 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Every baby and their skin is different. My first son wasn't bothered so much by what we had used, it was Extra cause it was cheep. Now I have to use All Free and if fabric softener, it's also free of dyes and colors. The dreft is expensive. But I just use the All for all my family now, and it isn't exactly cheep either.

    Answer by 2BlondeBabies at 11:26 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • You can use any detergent as long as it doesn't cause a rash or irritation...I would try it...

    Answer by Jademom07 at 11:26 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • I know it is expensive even for the little bottle. I know alot of people that used regular detergent to wash there baby's clothes. I actually used Dreft, I didn't want to take a chance with my baby getting a rash and stuff especially if they have sensitive skin. but I knew alot of moms that used regular detergent and there babies were fine, they said that it was another way for people to make money.

    Answer by babyangelromero at 11:27 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • yes!

    Answer by baby1mom at 11:36 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • yes! i was the same way! whatever is on sale that is fragrance free!

    Answer by rileymommy at 12:21 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Yes, you can use your regular detergent! I NEVER used Dreft. My DS #2 had very sensitive skin. He could not wear disposable diapers at all, could only be in 100% cotton etc. and he did fine with the "free and clear" regular detergent.
    I think the whole Dreft thing is a marketing gimmick.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 1:38 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • I used Dreft for baby #1 and finally got cheap and starting using the All free & clear. He had no problems with it so now I use All for both of my kids (baby #2 since birth) with out problems. If you are concerned do one load with your tide (save a couple outfits out just in case) and maybe run the load through a second rinse to be on the safe side.


    Answer by chrissmom734 at 2:12 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • With my first I bought Dreft for months and months, WASTE of money in my opinion! I eventually smartened up and just starting using our detergent (Tide) on all his clothes and he was fine. This time around I bought the Target brand of Dreft for the first month or so with my daughter just in case she had sensitive skin. But now I use Tide with her clothes too.

    Answer by jacksmom3707 at 2:18 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Yes

    Answer by JasonsMom2007 at 3:16 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

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