Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dreft: Love or Hate it?

Since Trotwood was born, we've been washing all of his clothes with Dreft laundry detergent. I've heard great things about Dreft and how it is gentle on a baby's skin because it is free of dyes and perfumes. However, I don't love using Dreft on his clothes. They don't smell clean to me when they come out of the wash. In fact, they don't really smell much like anything (probably because there are no perfumes in Dreft) and I like the "clean" smell of laundry. Also, I feel like Dreft really fades Trotwood's new clothes after just the first wash. How do you feel about Dreft? I think I'm going to try washing one of his clothing items with the detergent we use on our clothes to see if his skin will tolerate it.

13 comments:

Doodle On Yoo said...

Honestly, I thought it a waste to buy Dreft. Tide has a gentle formula that worked great, clothes didn't fade very fast and they smelled fresh. I also used liquid fabric softener for baby clothes. It was easier to use when I wanted to just combine laundry too. That way I wasn't doing separate loads, waiting for enough baby clothes to get dirty to make a load. I could just throw things in with ours. But each baby is different, I'd say wash one outfit in regular detergent and see how he reacts.

Jan said...

I gave up on Dreft after baby #1. None of my kids have ever had any issues with regular detergent. You'll save money and time in not doing all his laundry separately.

Mama Bean said...

I always used regular detergent. I figured all the other stuff was a waste!!!

Candy Fam said...

We have always just used the regular stuff too. tide is my favorite for food stains when he gets a little bigger. i have never used dreft and none of my kids have ever had a problem. good luck!

James and Sarah Narramore said...

I have never used any special kind of detergent to wash MaK's clothes. We have used tide since day one and a fabric softener. You just need to test a couple outfits out and make sure he doesn't have a reaction to it though.

Kate said...

I would try something else--I like the Costco and Target Brand Free and Clear (no dyes or perfumes). If you use regular detergent and you notice a difference in his skin, I'd go back to dreft, or find something else. I was lucky, Lucas isn't allergic/sensitive to anything. And for me, shout stain sticks worked better than anything else. :)

Laina said...

I just use eco friendly fragrant free and Hobbes has been just fine.

Laina said...

P.S. I got Hobbes dog hat from a friend at a Baby Shower but it is from Gymboree.

Kel said...

So we, like you and many others it would appear, also bought Dreft for babs. We bought a BIG bottle. We still have most of it. Once we discovered that babs did not have an allergy to dyes/perfumes, we went back to Tide and full-perfumed Bounty dryer sheets to get that "clean" and "fresh" smell. But I have to tell you, although babs is only 15 months, now I like to use Dreft occasionally because it brings back that peculiar "baby" smell that only special detergents are able to do. I'm already reminiscing and Dreft is part of the process. Thank you, Dreft.

Desiree said...

We used dreft for like a month with derek but then switched to our regular stuff. I like the clean smell too.

Anne said...

i agree with everyone else - ditch the Dreft if he doesn't react to your regular stuff. Dreft seems really overpriced to me. we use ALL brand "free & clear" but we don't get that nice "clean" smell that perfumed stuff gives you. i am thinking of starting to use dryer sheets just for the smell!

Walkers said...

I think that Dreft is a waste of money personally. I always used All Free and Clear which I felt like did a great job on leks's clothes and if there was a overly gross blowout I had what I like to call the "poop bucket" I rinsed the clothes then soaked them in a bucket of water and a scoop of oxy clean for however long it took but clothes always came out spotless.

Miss Summerson said...

Thanks, everyone! Well, I tried using Dreft on Trotwood's clothes and he didn't have any reaction to the ALL detergent that we use on ours. So, I'm not going to use Dreft anymore. You know, before Trotwood was born, I didn't even know detergent like Dreft existed. The Dreft that we have was given to us and I do not plan on purchasing anymore...although I do see why it would be a good thing for infants with sensitive skin.