Best Performing Detergents by Water Type, Machine Type, etc. – Database Update

I wanted to give you a heads up that I was able to update the detergent database. We now have over 2,100 survey responses to the Washing Diapers Survey (still open). Those listed in the database are those which have received 20+ responses thus far. If a detergent is missing, please ask anyone you know to fill out the survey (forums, Facebook pages, etc.).


Based on the most recent statistics, here is what I’ve observed:

Detergents with the best overall scores so far are:

Lulu’s In the Fluff

Tide Powder

Purex Free and Clear

Detergents with the lowest level of diaper damage are:

(Please note that I did NOT control for amount of time someone used the routine, which could have an impact on damage. You can find an article where I do control for this here)

Country Save

Rockin Green Classic

Tide Liquid

Detergents with the best overall scores for Hard Water so far are:

Tide Powder (not Ultra)

Tide Ultra


Detergents with the best overall scores for Soft Water so far are:

Rockin Green Classic

(still not enough responses to compare with many others)

Detergents with the best overall scores for Front Loaders are:

Tide Powder (not Ultra)

Ruby Moon

Tiny Bubbles

Detergents with the best overall scores for Top Loaders are:

Tide Ultra

Tide Powder (not Ultra)

Tide Liquid

I still really need responses for soft water. If you have soft water, please head on over here to fill out the survey. If you don’t know your water type, please see this post to find out how (you can also go to that post for advice on solving lingering stink issues with your diapers).

Tara Porter

Tara Porter

Tara Porter began using cloth diapers in 2011 when she felt that using disposable diapers was costing too much money. The problem was, a lot of the highly recommended diapers weren’t working for her baby. What she finally discovered was that her baby was skinny and a heavy wetter, and that diapers worked differently for those baby types. Because of her professional work with survey design and statistics, she designed Padded Tush Stats as a way to determine how different cloth diapers worked on different babies.

Tara moved on to other career endeavors in 2014 but can still be found online blogging about health and fitness at Fit Baby Steps.
Tara Porter


  1. Amanda says

    I am bookmarking this so I know which detergents to use! I always get confused because everyone says different detergents are “safe”.

    • says

      There is a LOT of conflicting advice about what is or isn’t “safe” for use on cloth diapers. At Padded Tush Stats we fall on the liberal end of the spectrum (Does it give your baby a rash? Have you had any problems with your diapers smelling like poop after they’ve been washed? Any ammonia fumes after the diaper has been peed in? No? THEN USE IT!) 😉 But if you’re concerned about the warranty of your diapers, you’ll want to check with the company before using any detergent or wash routine :)

  2. Cloth Mama says

    I’ve had a lot of success with EcoSprout. I like that they tell you how much to use based on your water hardness.

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