Eco Sprout Love!

Do you remember when I talked about my diaper stash?  No?  Well, you can find it here.

We've finally made the switch to all cloth, all the time.  I hadn't been having any issues with odors after switching from the All Free & Clear to Tide.  Except then... I did.  Rowan's diapers smelled fine coming out of the wash, but when she would pee... they smelled.  The only way to describe it would be to say that they smelled like wet cardboard.  I tried to strip them, but was getting the same results.  Just to clarify, stripping basically means to run the diapers through several HOT washes without detergent and /or soaking them overnight in blue Dawn or something else.  I had enough.

Everyone has their own method of cleaning their diapers.  There are what seems like a million different ways and a million types of detergents.  I searched and researched brands.  I happened upon Eco Sprout some place.  I wish I could remember where because I would send them a thank you note!

This detergent rocks!
Not only does this detergent come in smells that are AWESOME (Fresh Linen, Warm Vanilla Sugar, Lavendar Chamomile, and more), it's made in the USA.  Hand made by a family run company with eco-friendly, safe ingredients!  SOLD!  I ordered the 24 oz. bag of Warm Vanilla Sugar for $7.98.  Shipping on this size was $5.00.  I got it from them in TWO DAYS. I ordered on Friday and it arrived in my mailbox on Monday.  Granted... they are located in Illinois and I'm in Kentucky.  I suppose if you live halfway across the country, it may take longer.  My mail smelled so good!!  I'm sure the mail lady was wondering what was in my mail.

I followed the first time user instructions that come with the detergent.  I have a front loader HE machine so soaking diapers takes place in my bath tub.  Eco Sprout suggests soaking for 3-5 hours or, for better results, overnight.  I opted for the 3 hours because I was in a hurry to wash them.  When I was taking them out of the tub I noticed a semi-slimy feel to the water.  Eeeww... that stuff was on her diapers before the soak!  I ran them through only 1 hot wash/cold rinse cycle without detergent before doing a "regular" load on the white cycle/hot wash/cold rinse/extra rinse with 2 tbls of detergent, though the instructions clearly say two.  They came out smelling like... nothing!  A couple of days later I followed the regular wash routine and I thought all was well.

That night I put an extra insert into her diaper and put her to bed.  The next morning... the ammonia smell was almost overwhelming!  I didn't know what to do.  She'd not had any ammonia issues before that.  So...  I emailed Eco Sprout.  I got a response in just a couple of hours!  After a little Q&A with me, they told me what I was doing wrong and how to fix it.  I have hard water.  Apparently, what type of water you have is very important in the wash process.  I upped my amount of detergent from 2 tbls to 3 tbls and began using the longest and hottest setting on my washer, plus an extra rinse.  I've done two loads using this method and NO MORE SMELLS!  None.  Not even that wet cardboard smell.  I've even used their detergent to wash our other clothes and the results have been great.

I'm so glad to have found this brand!  I feel even better knowing that it's made with safe products and it's hand made.  Plus their customer support was phenomenal!!  If you don't want to go all in on the first try, they offer 2 oz. sample packs for only $1.75!  Check out their Facebook page here or their website here.


  1. Great post. I love my Eco Sprout too and use it for all the clothing in our house! I have been using it for almost a year and have had no issues at all. And I agree, the customer service is awesome! E.E.

  2. Good for you! I wanted to cloth diaper my baby but we've spent so much time moving since she was born, I just gave up because it was too much of a hassle. Hopefully when we're a little more settled I can get into using them again.