The detergent saga.

So yeah, remember how I said I was busy tracking down some appropriate detergent for my cloth diapers? One thing about cloth diapers is that to make them last longer, you have to get detergent that is free of

  • enzymes
  • phosphates
  • brightening agents
  • softener
  • bleach
  • and if possible, fragrance

That pretty much rules out every adult detergent around as they contain bleach which can destroy the fabric and PUL layer or softeners which make the diapers less absorbent. Some baby detergents contain whitening agents which leave a residue or enzymes to help with cleaning which either leave residues or worse, destroy your diaper.

So when a M’sian based seller recommended Pureen HAD which contains none of those things and was a cheaper alternative to Country Save and 7th Generation Baby Laundry Detergent, I thought it was great.

After making phone calls and visits to at least six different stores in one day, it wasn’t really all that great any more. I did ask Mum to help me get some back in KL (and we chatted too…about a few things and the fact that she actually went out and bought one of those weight loss diet pill stuff I put up on my blog) to keep at her place for us to use when we come over with Eva.

It wasn’t until this morning that I woke up to an email from the Pureen supplier here that I found out why it was so difficult to look for this particular bottle/model/brand/whatever. They had discontinued it!!!! ARGH! So much for looking for a cheaper alternative.

Now I’m on the hunt for some 7th Generation detergent and if the cost comes up to about the same as Country Save, I might just make the trip now to Bumwear and get it from Rita directly there and then. If you thought that observing poop colour is a sign that you’re a mom, wait till you get to the part where even the brand or type of laundry detergent drives you bonkers!

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  1. dear mabel,

    I am not sure if Pureen HAD has been discontinued but do agree with you that it is not easily available. I went to a few shopping centres; so far The Store sells the powder form (800g) but the packaging looks really old and Sunshine (in Penang) sells the liquid form (1litre). Hope this info helps you. But if they are really going to discontinue it, then I might consider stocking up! Sigh, understand how you feel – I have been going crazy surfing the internet and supermarkets to look for the best/cheapest detergent to use for cloth diapers as well.

    Mabel Reply:

    Thanks for the info! I managed to get my mum to stock up on HAD for me in powder form – she has about 10 boxes!!! (Bought them at the Pureen warehouse sale recently.)

    Here in SG, I’m using 7th Generation Delicate Care and am still on my first bottle! Talk about making detergent last! đŸ™‚

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