(For First Time Users) Run an empty load (or perhaps some old rags) with the recommended amount of Charlie's Soap Laundry Liquid or Powder.
This will clear your washing machine of any residue left by previously used detergents and keep them from redepositing on your clothes.
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We have hard water and I feel like I was constantly going back and forth between detergents that would be effective longer than a package would allow. I found Charlie's and have not had this issue since. It leaves my diapers smelling clean without being scented and I even occasionally use it on my little guys clothing if there's some particularly smelly laundry. If you have any issues with dirty diapers that stain for one reason or another, Charlie's alone isn't the best but adding in bleach seems to help with that issue, along with sunning diapers.
(Posted on 2/13/2017)
I had a hard time finding a detergent that would keep my diapers from smelling like ammonia and so I tried this one it took some color out of my diapers. But still had the smell. I would not recommend
(Posted on 2/7/2017)
A few years ago I basically went full on hippie - switched to Dr Bronners soap, no more fabric softeners, and all natural, fragrance-free detergents.
I've tried a dozen green detergents, but keep coming back to Charlie's powder. I can't speak to its use for cloth diapers, but always feel like my regular laundry comes out fresh and clean.
(Posted on 12/16/2016)
We used this for our cloth diapers and everything else. It did not do a good job of getting rid of odor. Burp cloths and breast pads stunk! We're much happier using Rockin' Green.
(Posted on 5/13/2016)
The water in Austin, TX isn't hard enough to make folks install a water softener, but it's enough to make it hard for soaps to do their thing. Using Charlie's alone, our diapers eventually ended up retaining that ammonia smell. Ultimately using RLR in addition to detergent helped in our water conditions.
(Posted on 7/24/2015)
I gave this detergent a good 2-3 months. My diapers smell and I did not change anything and have been cloth diapering for 2 years now. I'm switching back to the bumGenius. This detergent is not worth the money for all it "claims" to do.
(Posted on 5/26/2015)
We used this for about 2 months before it left our diapers smelling like ammonia. The directions say it doesn't disinfect and to use other methods to kill bacteria…I've switched detergents and no long have this problem.
(Posted on 3/9/2014)
We started using Charlies for our cloth because it was the least expensive one on the market and can be found locally if you are in a bind. This works well, and lasts forever since you have to put such a minute amount in the wash. I also add a squirt of Bac Out. Just note that not every detergent works for everyone so don't give up! You will eventually find one that works for your washer and your water type.
(Posted on 2/17/2014)
I had been using the same detergent for over a decade after having a severe allergic reaction to another very mainstream detergent. I was advised by my Cloth 101 teacher to try Charlie's if I personally had sensitive skin. I started using it about a month before my son arrived to clean the washer drum out and try on our clothing. Everything smells fresher. Just clean. I was hesitant that this would work on poo diapers but sure enough no stains and super clean! I also have the booster as we have very hard water in my location within Florida. A tub of this lasts my family of three about two months to two and a half months and we use it for every laundry wash.
(Posted on 1/28/2014)
We are 3 months in to cloth diapering and so far this is working just fine! We originally went with this over Rockin Green because of the better price. We still wash our clothes in Arm & Hammer Free and use this just for diapers. I tend to use 1/3-1/2 scoop for the pre-soak/wash and then a full scoop for the hot wash. We should probably switch to Charlie's for all of our clothes.
(Posted on 11/1/2013)
I originally bought this for cloth diapering and I did use it for washing my diapers prior to first use but I decided to use Rockin Green Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer and Rockin Green Classic Rock Bare Naked Babies instead after reading reviews. I have used Charlie's for washing our camping gear with a hot wash and a cold extra rinse. It was able to get the smoke smell out of everything except for my husband's thermals. After a second wash, the odor was removed from the thermals as well.
(Posted on 6/5/2013)
I used Charlie's Laundry Powder for a while on my cloth diapers, and it was alright. It lasts for a long time, which is always nice, and it rinses pretty well, but I did get a little build up after a while and would have to do a few extra rinses from time to time to be sure I got it all. It wouldn't be the first detergent I would recommend, but I wasn't totally unhappy with it.
(Posted on 5/6/2013)
This is the only soap we've used for diapers, and it seems to work fine. I tried using it for clothes as well but found it left a strange smell. We did not use it exclusively (used another "natural" detergent for our clothes and this for baby's) so that could've been the reason. I think I'll try another brand when this runs out just to compare.
(Posted on 12/10/2012)
I really wanted to like this because it's so inexpensive but it just doesn't work for us. When I used the suggested amount I had to do 8 (!) rinses to get suds free and when I tried using less my diapers were stinky. Now I'm using it for regular clothes and it seems to be fine for that.
(Posted on 11/6/2012)
This detergent certainly does what it claims: strips your washer and leaves your laundry smelling fresh and clean without smelling like fragrance.
Charlies soap does claim that it leaves no residue, however, I found that it does stay in the diapers for even more than one rinse cycle, so just be sure that your rinses are completely suds free or else you'll find yourself having to strip more often, reducing the life of your diapers. Otherwise, fantastic detergent--i find that this price for 80 loads is about the standard.
(Posted on 8/31/2012)