Mainstream detergents for cloth nappies

Mainstream detergents and the surfactants they contain are safe to use with modern cloth nappies. You can buy them at your local supermarket or department store.

Most mainstream detergents can be used with any temperature water. We recommend washing in warm-hot (40-60°C) water. Learn more about washing in different water temperatures.

Surfactants are the chemicals in laundry detergents that actively remove soiling from fabrics. Different detergents contain different amounts of surfactants. It is important to use enough surfactants to remove all the dirt. Use the amount of detergent advised on the package for a heavily soiled load (sometimes described as large load/hard water) in main wash, and around half of that in prewash.

Top-rated mainstream Australian and NZ detergents for cloth nappies

All AU/ NZ detergents

Top-rated maintream UK detergents for cloth nappies

All UK detergents
Diagram showing how surfactants in laundry detergents actively remove soiling from fabrics

For more information on what is in detergents and the function of the raw materials see our information on Fragrance in Detergent, Enzymes, Optical Brighteners and Plant based, Sensitive & “Eco” Detergents, and the WashWise information sheet on Laundry Detergent Ingredients.

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