Tuesday 6 March 2012

Rockin' Green Detergent Review

I love our cloth nappies and I even enjoy washing and drying them.  I don’t consider it a chore at all and I love the sight of beautiful fluff drying on the washing line.  Being so sad enjoying washing cloth nappies I was very excited when I was offered the opportunity to test and review Rockin’ Green’s washing powder (or as Rockin’ Green and American’s would say detergent).

Award winning Rockin’ Green manufacture eco-friendly cleaning products, their detergents are specially formulated to make cleaning easier and more eco-friendly.  The company was founded by Kim Webb in 2009, who as a passionate cloth nappy mum wanted a good way to clean cloth nappies in an eco-friendly way whilst also being kind to her little one’s sensitive skin.

Rockin’ Green cloth nappy and laundry detergents are made from natural, phosphate free ingredients, they are biodegradable and they don’t contain enzymes or optical brighteners.  Ingredients of the detergent are sodium carbonate, sodium percarbonate, natural chelating agents, sodium sulfate, biodegradable surfacants and natural fragrance oils for the scented detergents.  Rockin’ Green’s detergent is commonly known as being useful for cleaning cloth nappies (or as they would say in American “diapers”); it can also be used with all other laundry.  As they don’t believe in a “one-size fits all” approach to laundry they have created 3 custom designed formulas, specially created for different water types –

*  Soft Rock – for soft water areas/sensitive skin.
*  Classic Rock – the original formula for all water types.
*  Hard Rock – for hard water areas.

All 3 types come unscented; the soft rock is only available in the unscented Bare Naked Babies variety whilst the other rocks are also available in lots of yummy 100% natural scents, a few of which are - 

*  Bare Naked Babies - the unscented rock
*  Smashing Watermelons - juicy watermelon blend
*  Rage Against the Raspberries - blend of raspberries and honey
*  Motley Clean - hints of oceans, fresh linen and sunshine
*  Lavender Mint Revival - mix of lavender and mint
*  Mighty, Mighty Marshmallows - sweet and nutty
*  Plain Green Tea’s - blend of green tea and aloe (available from UK stockists)
*  Orangevana - mix of orange and cream (available from UK stockists)

I love the funk rock inspired names which sound beautifully fragrant and sumptuous.  It was really hard to choose which scent to get, in the end I chose Rage Against the Raspberries and I got the classic rock formula.

I love the name Rockin’ Green; it screams eco-rock and combines my love of rock and being eco-friendly.  I love their quirky, rock inspired names and marketing.  The packaging is bold and striking, merging the idea of rock and eco-friendliness.

As a first time user of Rockin’ Green I was looking forward to using their detergent to ‘de-funk’ my nappies and give them a deep-cleaning to get rid of any left over detergent and build up.  It was easy to do this following their simple instructions –

*  Add a load of nappies to your machine and fill with hot water (no more than 60c) and add about 3 tbsp of Rockin’ Green.

*  Leave to soak for 30-60 minutes.

*  After soaking rinse a few times.

Rockin’ Green washed my nappies brilliantly doing a general wash too by –

*  Putting nappies into the machine and doing a cold pre-rinse (as I always do when washing my nappies).

*  Adding 1-2 tbsp of detergent and then washing as normal at 30c/40c.

*  Rinse.

*  Dry nappies and enjoy beautifully clean fluff.

I am impressed with Rockin’ Green and how the detergent cleans my nappies.  The nappies smell fresh and clean, I was a bit disappointed that the Rage Against the Raspberries didn’t leave a stronger scent on the nappies as I had hoped they would smell yummy but even though the smell is not prominent I love the fact that the nappies smell squeaky clean.  The nappies look cleaner and feel soft.

I was pleased that the detergent was good at getting rid of stains and for getting rid of ammonia smell build up.  The detergent gets rid of build up very effectively, its great that you don’t have to worry about build up with this detergent and using it as a stripping method it is easy and successful. 

I am pleased with Rockin’ Green’s detergent; I think it is effective and I love that it is eco-friendly and cleans my nappies without added nasties.  I don’t think the detergent is as gentle as soap nuts (which I have been using for a few weeks now) but I think it is more effective for cloth nappies than other common washing powders that you can buy in the supermarket.  I love how great it cleans my nappies but it’s not cheap and a lot more expensive than soap nuts or other detergents you can get from the supermarket.  Even though it’s not cheap I would love to buy some more samples as I think its worthwhile using it every now and again to de-funk nappies and give them a rockin’ cleaning.  If you try Rockin’ Green I am sure you won’t be disappointed and their eco-credentials and the fact that is very effective at cleaning nappies so they are left smelling fresh and clean and looking beautiful are worth the cost if you can afford to buy the detergent.

Rockin’ Green detergent can be bought in the UK from Itti Bitti Nappy Company, with 1.3kg bags costing from £13.95 and sample packs costing £1.50.  The detergent can be bought in the USA through the Rockin’ Green online shop on their website.  Rockin’ Green have also created a natural ammonia bouncer called Funk Rock which I’d love to try and an odour-neutralising and air freshener home spray called Melody.  Pop over to their UK facebook page to keep up-to-date with their rockin’ news.

* Rockin’ Green kindly gave us these detergent samples to review for free, despite this I have written an honest review that contains my own words and opinions and is 100% my own *


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  2. I love Rockin' Green! I always have to stop and say so when I see someone else posting about it. It's seriously the best laundry soap out there!