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The Suds Talk


This is going to be a review of 17 different laundry detergents you can find in the just about any grocery store. I will be looking at the price, durability, any special needs, safety factors, and their contents. This isn’t a complete list of detergent but are ones that are safe for cloth diapers and can be easily found at any grocery store. I have included the price and where I found them at.

The list of detergents we will be looking at:

  1. Persil Proclean- liquid
  2. Purex-liquid
  3. Seventh Generation Baby 4x Free & Clear-liquid
  4. Tide Purclean-liquid
  5. Oxiclean-liquid
  6. Gain w/Febreeze-liquid
  7. Fab-powder                                                                                        
  8. Dreft-liquid & powder
  9. Cheer-liquid & powder
  10. Arm & Hammer Ultra Power-liquid
  11. Gain-liquid
  12. Great Value High Efficiency-liquid
  13. Up & Up Baby-liquid
  14. Wisk-liquid
  15. Woolite Baby-liquid
  16. All-powder
  17. All Free Clear-powder


Cost and Where They Can Be Found


  1. Persil Proclean- 40oz. $5.24 (walmart)                     
  2. Purex- 75oz.$3.97 (walmart)
  3. Seventh Generation- 95oz. $11.54 (walmart)
  4. Tide Purclean- 50oz. $8.97 (walmart)
  5. Oxiclean- 100.5oz $9.97 (walmart)
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- 100 oz. $9.94 (walmart)
  7. Fab- 50oz. $7.97 (walmart)
  8. Dreft- 40oz. $9.43 (walmart)
  9. Cheer- 100oz. $7.48 (walmart)
  10. Arm & Hammer- 94.5oz. $5.96 (walmart)
  11. Gain- 50oz $6.85 (walmart)
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- 100oz.$6.28 (walmart)
  13. Up & Up Baby- 100oz. $13.19 (target)
  14. Wisk- 50oz. $5.13 (walmart)
  15. Woolite Baby- 75oz. $3.97 (walmart)
  16. All powder- 32.5lb $6.00 (walmart)
  17. All Free Clear- 3.25lb $9.40 (walmart)


Do They Hold Up


  1. Persil Proclean- stands up to life’s messes moments with its Pro 10 technology.
  2. Purex- no enzymes which make it ideal for everyday use.
  3. Seventh Generation- has enzymes that are specially formulated to target tough baby stains.
  4. Tide Purclean- gentle cleaning power even in cold water.
  5. Oxiclean- very versatile because it’s tough on stains yet gentle on clothes.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- a synthetic detergent with enzymes to produce great smelling clothes.
  7. Fab- a synthetic detergent with enzymes but is a little weak.
  8. Dreft- dreft is gentle on babies sensitive skin but tough on stains.
  9. Cheer- fight fading and pilling with a fresh clean scent.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- helps get tough stains out.
  11. Gain- a synthetic detergent that does contain enzymes.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- whiten, brighten, and freshens.
  13. Up & Up Baby- tough on stains yet gentle on baby’s skin.
  14. Wisk- attacks body oils and sweats with microfibers.
  15. Woolite Baby- hypoallergenic for baby’s sensitive skin.
  16. All- attack tough stains and leaves your clothes clean and fresh.
  17. All Free Clear- strong, yet sensitive and recommend #1 by pediatricians, dermatologist, and allergists.

Do They Have Any Special Needs    

  1. Persil Proclean- for colored clothes check to make sure they are color fast.
  2. Purex- great laundry detergent at an affordable price.
  3. Seventh Generation- is plant based and made for cloth diapers.
  4. Tide Purclean- good for both HE and regular washers
  5. Oxiclean- good for both HE and regular washers
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- good for both HE and regular washers but may cause extra bubbles in washing.
  7. Fab- compatible with HE machines
  8. Dreft- compatible with HE machines and regular machines.
  9. Cheer- does well in HE machines.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- do well in HE machines and regular machines.
  11. Gain- Good for both HE and regular washers
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- can use on all machines.
  13. Up & Up Baby- safe for both HE and regular machines.
  14. Wisk- safe for all types of machines
  15. Woolite Baby- suitable for all machines
  16. All- safe for all machines and at all temperatures.
  17. All Free Clear- suitable for all machines.

What Are Their Safety Features


  1. Persil Proclean- follow label instructions when washing.                              
  2. Purex- HE safe and synthetic made.
  3. Seventh Generation- sort clothes before washing and follow instructions
  4. Tide Purclean- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  5. Oxiclean- always refer to packing directions, safe for color fast fabrics only.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  7. Fab- unique combination of essential oils that will stimulate your body and mind.
  8. Dreft- add the detergent then sorted clothes.
  9. Cheer- add detergent, sorted clothes, then start washer.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- follow washing directions on the label.
  11. Gain- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- first pre-treat anything that needs it, add soap then sorted clothes
  13. Up & up Baby- follow label directions for washing.
  14. Wisk- add detergent then clothes.
  15. Woolite Baby- follow directions on label for washing instructions.
  16. All- add detergent then clothes.
  17. All Free Clear- add detergent straight onto washable clothes, let soak, add detergent the sorted clothes.


What’s In Them


  1. Persil Proclean- 10 dimensions of clean which contains enzymes.
  2. Purex- stain fighting properties to help lift out ground in stains.
  3. Seventh Generation- natural baby detergent with no phosphates
  4. Tide Purclean- plant based product with honey lavender scent.
  5. Oxiclean- serious stain fighting enzymes to tackle even dried on stains.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- detergent has a smell that will linger for at least a month.
  7. Fab- clean smell will last for 21 days.
  8. Dreft- good for newborn thru toddler stage. They even have a stain boosters for after that.
  9. Cheer- contains enzymes to help colors stay bright and colorful.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- free and clear with no enzymes.
  11. Gain- detergent that will get rid of dirt but lock in this amazing great smell that will last for weeks.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- synthetic detergent with no enzymes.
  13. Up & Up Baby- biodegradable clean agents but still have a clean smell.
  14. Wisk- enzymes, brighteners, and colorants.
  15. Woolite Baby- free of bleach, phosphates, enzymes, and dyes.
  16. All- has in-wash pre-treaters with active stain lifters for great stain removal.
  17. All Free Clear- dermatologist recommended, dye free, and fragrance free.



That isn’t all the laundry detergents, of course. But those are the major ones and the most popular that can be found in your local grocery store. All those that are listed are cloth diaper safe and approved.

According to everything I read here are the brands that are rated as the best and why:

  1. Tide- because of the variety of choices. Just make sure you don’t use one with a fabric softener in it.
  2. All Free Clear- powder is recommended but not the liquid because it has an ingredient not good for cloth diapers.
  3. Woolite Baby- most versatile for an infant. Many great rating.

I hope you find some helpful information in this. Check out my other articles such as:

  • Styles of Diapers
  • 5 Proper Diaper Changing Procedures
  • How To Clean Cloth Diapers
  • 4 Reasons To Get Rid Of Poop
  • What’ Inside
  • Comparing Cloth vs Disposable Diaper



If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All the Best,


Elaine Smith




4 thoughts on “The Suds Talk

  1. What great coverage for all of these laundry soaps. I know babies can be very sensitive and cloth diapers can be a pill to get clean. So thank you for breaking down all the details of each one for us. Especially letting us know things like the All Free Clear was safe in the powder form but not the liquid. Great job thank you.

    1. Hey Melissa

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my article. I had fun writing this and learned a lot myself. I’m glad it was helpful to you.

      Thanks again for your comments.


  2. Hi Elaine,
    I am a busy mum and so I look for ways to make my life easier all the time.

    Thanks for doing a review of 17 different laundry powders. Unfortunately I do not live in America so I cannot purchase many of the items that you spoke about.
    We do have Tide in my country though, and luckily for me, It’s your #1 choice.

    I am going to go and check it out. thank you so much.

    1. Hi,
      Thanks so much for reading and responding to my article.
      I’m glad your country has Tide which is my #1 choice and highly recommended by others as well. I’m always looking for ways to help people make life easier and more convenient, glad this was helpful to you!

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