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The winner of the Eco Sprout Giveaway was:

 

#1 – kristikess

 

Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

*GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*

The buzz all over the cloth diaper universe is about Eco Sprout detergent.  I was lucky enough to be sent a sample to try out and tell you all about it!

THE PRODUCT

Eco Sprout was created by a WAHD who wanted something “that was environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and 100% natural.” After doing his research, he developed a detergent that is great, not only for CDs, but for all of our laundry. It has no dyes, no brighteners, no enzymes, no phosphates, & is SLS free.

The detergent is available in a variety of scents, including Lavender Chamomile, Warm Vanilla Sugar, and even In the Buff (unscented!).  It is great for use with HE or regular machines, hard or soft water. Whatever you have, this stuff can take it! We have a top loader and hard water.

THE REVIEW

When I first opened my sample of Eco Sprout, I was very very surprised. It came in a cute drawstring bag, and the powder is so fine. Honestly, despite all of the rave reviews all over the place, I was skeptical.

The makers of Eco Sprout recommend that first-time users soak for several hours, overnight if possible, to help draw out any build-up left by other detergents.  What I learned: DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP! The first time I used this detergent, I just used it like I would any detergent: in the diaper laundry. The diapers came out clean, but there wasn’t that AWESOME clean everyone was raving about. The ammonia was still there after it was peed on, etc.  Thought about just giving up on this new, fancy detergent. But then, I did the most unthinkable thing ever: I read the directions that came with the sample.

Now, since diaper laundry is done 2-3 times a week in our house, it wasn’t long before another load was ready. And this time, I soaked them overnight in our bathtub first. Anyone who has ever done a soak like this knows that the water gets really ugly, really fast.  I was tempted to just throw them in the wash and be done with it. But I just shut the door and let it sit overnight.

The next morning, I drained the water and then (after squeezing as much excess water as I could out) hauled the diapers in a wet bag to the washer and dumped it in. After following the directions this time, 2 hot washes later, the microfiber inserts (which are the worst part!) came out feeling softer than they had gone in.  My brow furrowed and my lips pursed: could this be working? Sniff test. *sniff sniff* No, no residual stink.  No waxiness at all. And many of the stains were either completely gone, or greatly faded. Huh, this may have worked.

But it was time for the ultimate test: the babies.  As my regular readers know, I have a 2 in CDs.  And as I can count on one of them to have a wet diaper at least once an hour, I knew I wouldn’t have long to wait.

About 20 minutes later, #2 starting getting fussy. She absolutely hates being in a wet diaper. And it is the fussiness, accompanied by the ammonia smell, that lets me know it’s time to be changed. I check her and yes, she is quite wet.  *sniff sniff* But no smell. None.  Ok, good.

The rest of the diapers from that load went through the same test on both kids and passed with flying colors: no ammonia stink. I also was able to do a load of regular laundry with what was left of the sample and it worked like a charm. Normal kid stains: gone.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

This is a great detergent, not only for use with cloth diapers, but for anyone with sensitive skin, or who is looking for an eco-friendly detergent. But if you are battling ammonia stink with cloth diapers and have tried everything, I mean absolutely everything: you must try this newcomer.  It stands head-to-head with their competition, Rockin’ Green.

BUY IT

You can pick up your own bag of detergent over at Eco Sprout’s new website.  A 24 oz bag is $7.98, and a 48 oz. bag is $13.98.  Or see if a retailer near you is carrying it. (And if they’re not, ask them to!)  It looks like they are working on more products, so be sure to Like them on Facebook for first-hand news!

WIN IT

Eco Sprout was generous enough to offer a 2 oz. sample bag of their Sandalwood Vanilla scent to one lucky Green & Frugal Mama reader:

Please be sure to include your email address in your comments, so I know how to contact you if you win. Use the format: greenfrugalmama at gmail dot com to reduce spam!

MANDATORY ENTRY: There will be only this ONE entry.  Head over to Eco Sprout’s website and tell me something you learned about the company or detergent (not covered in my post).

That’s it. You’re welcome to blog, share, tweet, what-have-you about this, if you wish. But I wanted something simple this time: just one entry.

This giveaway is open to my readers who are 18 year of age or older. US RESIDENTS ONLY.  The giveaway will end on January 18, 2011 at 9am CST. The winner will be chosen using the True Random Number Generator at Random.org and notified via e-mail. They will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Good luck, everyone!

Disclosure: Green & Frugal Mama received no compensation for this review. Eco Sprout provided me with a free sample of this product. However, I was under no obligation to write a positive review, nor to sponsor a product giveaway in return for this free sample.   All opinions expressed are my own.

This giveaway is CLOSED.

The Product

Anyone who has used cloth diapers in the last 10 years or so is familiar with the terms “diaper build-up”, “stripping”, or even just plain “diaper stink”.  These all refer to the soap or detergent build-up that can occur when you are using diapers made of synthetic materials.  Most modern cloth diapers, including BumGenius, FuzziBunz, Happy Heinys and other brands, use microfiber, microfleece, and other products.  Over time, some detergents cause this build-up and this has resulted in elaborate laundry routines and, for some, the never-ending quest for the best cloth diaper detergent.

And the invention of Rockin’ Green laundry detergent came out of this quest.  Developed by parents who were having problems finding a detergent that a) didn’t irritate their kids’ sensitive skin and b) would work with their hard water.  (Ugh! Hard water! The bane of any cloth diapering mama’s existence!)

Now available in THREE formulas: Classic Rock, Soft Rock (for soft water) and Hard Rock (for hard water). And all three formulas are available in the following scents (copied from the Rockin’ Green website) :

  • Orangevana – orange and cream combine together to reach a new level of cleaning awareness
  • Smashing Watermelons- this juicy watermelon blend is like a kick to your senses..Best Seller!
  • The Green Tea’s – the zen like blend of green tea and aloe, is sure to make it to the top of your playlist.
  • Rage against the Raspberry- this raspberry and honey blend will have you running around the laundry room looking for the mosh pit! Best Seller!
  • Mötley Cleän – there’s clean and then there’s Mötley Cleän. This fresh blend has hints of ocean, fresh linen, and sunshine.
  • Lavender Mint Revival- this medley of lavender and mint is like nothing you have heard or smelled before!
  • Bare Naked Babies- because we love the smell of babies, we offer an unscented variety too!

These different options make it possible to completely customize your detergent to fit YOUR preferences, YOUR needs, and YOUR water system. This is so much better than trying to find something already ready-made. And sometimes that quest can cause any good-natured, semi-crunchy parent to abandon all hope.

This is a powdered detergent and is compatible with top-loader and front-loader machines.  Ingredients: sodium carbonate , sodium percarbonate, natural chelating agents, sodium sulfate, biodegradable surfactants, natural fragrance oils (if scented is chosen).  It is phosphate-free, dioxin-free, petroleum-free, biodegrable, and is never tested on animals.

Not sure which formula would work for you? No worries! Rockin’ Green has a great graphic of the United States to give you an idea if you have hard or soft water, and even offer trouble-shooting tips for users with front-loaders, diaper rash problems, and diaper stink issues.

The Review

After studying the RG map, I chose a sample of the Hard Rock formula in the Lavender Mint Revival scent to try it. (You can always buy samples to try out a formula or a new scent. They’re $.75 each and do 2 loads in a top-loader or 4 loads in a HE machine!)

This was me being brave, because I am not a person who enjoys scented products.  I am very sensitive to scents (DH nicknamed me The Beagle, because I can smell just about anything, no matter how faint).  I could have chosen Bare Naked, but I wanted to see how Rockin’ Green fared in this aspect.  When we got it, I immediately opened the sample just to see how strong the smell was and was pleasantly surprised. While there was definitely a scent, it was not overpowering.

And because we always have a load of laundry ready to go in the washer, the sample was barely in our mailbox before it was being tested on our regular laundry.  We own a top-loader, so we were able to get 2 loads out of each sample packet.  Each load came out of the dryer smelling fresh and clean (we do NOT use softener or dryer sheets).  Normal “kid stains” were completely gone.

And then the über-test: the cloth diapers.  We did at least 2 loads of diaper laundry using our samples.  Stains were almost completely gone (we had some pretty bad, pretty cooked in stains!) and everything smelled “clean”. (For those with cloth diapers, you know what I mean… )  I only wish I had more samples now to do a soak of all of my diapers, because that would get the last of the nasty old detergent out of them! I skipped this step in my eagerness to just try the detergent! But you can see how awesome the diaper soak works on the Rockin Green YouTube channel.  I guess that just means I will need to buy some more detergent!

BUY IT:

You can buy Rockin’ Green directly from their website or from any of their retailers.  Prices start at $13.95 for the Classic or Soft Rock formulas (45/90 loads) and $15.95 for the Hard Rock formula (45/90 loads).   Be sure to also check out their accessories, including a laundry scoop, diaper sprayer, and dryer balls! Everything you need in one place.

WIN IT:

Rockin’ Green has very graciously offered to give a Green & Frugal Mama reader a bag of Rockin’ Green (45/90 load bag) in the scent and formula of their choice!  And I am so excited, because this is the VERY FIRST Green & Frugal Mama Giveaway! Please be sure to include your email address in your comments, so I know how to contact you if you win. Use the format: greenfrugalmama at gmail dot com to reduce spam!

MANDATORY ENTRY:  This entry must be completed for all other entries to count.

Head over to Rockin’ Green website and tell me what scent and formula you would choose, if you won.

EXTRA ENTRIES: Please write a new comment for each additional entry. If something is worth 2 entries, be sure to leave two comments. For example: “I follow you on Facebook #1” and “I follow you on Facebook #2” should be two different comments.

  • Join Rockin’ Green’s mailing list.
  • Follow Rockin’ Green on Facebook.  Leave me your FB username, because I will check.
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  • Grab my blog button. The code is at the top of my right sidebar. Leave me a link where I can find it on your site. (+3)
  • Share this giveaway, either on your blog, Facebook page, on a giveaway linky, etc.  If you share in your Facebook status, be sure to tag me using @Green & Frugal Mama in your update. Leave a comment here with the link where I can your post. (+5)
  • Follow at least one blog on my More Green & Frugal Blogs page.  Leave them a comment on their blog letting them know I sent you.  Leave a comment here for each blog you comment on (and I will check).  (1 entry per blog)
  • Comment on another post on my blog (and “posting for giveaway entry” does not count!).

This giveaway is open to my readers who are 18 year of age or older. US & CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY.  The giveaway will end on September 30th, 2010 at 5PM CST. The winner will be chosen using the True Random Number Generator at Random.org and notified via e-mail. They will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Good luck, everyone!

Disclosure: Green & Frugal Mama received no compensation for this review. Rockin’ Green Cloth Diaper Detergent provided me with a free sample of this product. However, I was under no obligation to write a positive review, nor to sponsor a product giveaway in return for this free sample.   All opinions expressed are my own.

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This post is part of the Green Giveaway linky over at Eco-Friendly & Frugal. Head over to see more great green giveaways.

Awesome new green community Keen for Green is having a Seventh Generation Green Baby Giveaway that ends October 13th. Even if you do not have a baby, I’m sure you know someone who does or is having one soon. Or, if you win, keep the non-baby stuff and donate the baby items to your local food pantry.  All around AWESOME products, nonetheless!

The Details

One lucky winner will get:

  • One package of Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Diapers.  Winner will specify size.
  • Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Tub of baby wipes and a refill
  • Baby laundry detergent
  • All purpose cleaner
  • A roll of natural paper towels
  • A recycled, reusable shopping bag

Head over to their site to find out how to enter.  Good luck!

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Know someone headed to college? Or just looking for some great green cleaners for yourself?  Seventh Generation is having a giveaway for a bag filled with cleaning goodies (valued at $40)!  Ends 9/21 at 11:59 PST. Open to US residents only.

Includes:

  • surface cleaner
  • disinfecting wipes
  • laundry detergent
  • fabric softener
  • tissues
  • paper towels

NOTE: No sizes were given for any of these products.

Head over to the DoYouPart site to enter.  You need to be a member, but it’s easy to create an account. And you’ll find a ton of great information there!

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Jessica over at Natural Baby Giveaways is planning a Newborn Trials Event starting September 13. It will run approximately two weeks and she will be testing several major one-size brands and reviewing how they work with a newborn.  Also, during that time she will have giveaways from the following sponsors:

  • Baby Bond
  • Bummas
  • Planet Wise
  • Rockin’ Green
  • Thanks Mama
  • Thirsties
  • Woombie

So, mark your calendars!  Should be some good feedback on these one-size diapers, and some fun giveaways.

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Enter here for a chance to win a grand prize pack (valued at $115) from Natural Home magazine that includes:

  • eco ike “Elephant” tee, 6 months
  • eco ike “Joy” onesie, 3-6 months
  • Set of four Fabkins organic cotton “African Safari” kids’ cloth napkins
  • Set of four Fabkins organic cotton “Beach Bound” kids’ cloth napkins
  • Honeymoon Press “Peace” book
  • Honeymoon Press “Love” book

Good luck!

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Just a quick post to let you know about a giveaway for my current favorite fitted cloth diaper!!

Vilate from Nifty Nappy has started a new blog called 6AndStillSane.  And she’s offering her first giveaway – a $50 Gift Certificate towards Nifty Nappy products! Woo hoo!!

In addition to her awesome fitteds, she has Pocket Diapers, Swim Diapers, and Wool Covers.

Head over to her new blog to find out how to enter! Contest ends 8/31.

Comfy Rumps cloth diaper at A Mom’s Take. Ends 8/20

UVSkinz at Look What Mom Found. Ends 9/1

Mini’s Dreams Cloth Pads at Momma Told Me. Ends 8/15

Terracycle at Life with the Lebedas. Ends 8/24.

Kissaluvs OS Fitteds at Eco-Friendly and Frugal. Ends 8/12

Rockin’ Green laundry detergent at Eco-Friendly and Frugal. Ends 8/17.

Simple Green Naturals at Eco-Friendly and Frugal. Ends 8/19.

Izola Shower Curtain at Eco-Friendly and Frugal. Ends 8/25.

ChicoBag Produce Stand Starter Kit at The Cheap and Choosy. Ends 8/15.

Bummas Cloth Wipes at the Cheap and Choosy. Ends 8/15.

Terracycle at Going Green with Noah. Ends 8/13.

Nifty Nappy fitted diaper at It’s Me Melbie. Ends 9/4.

Reclaimed Vintage Cloth Napkin Set at Going Green With Noah. Ends 8/14.

Green Time Reusable Bags at The Thrifty Things. Ends 8/19.

Seventh Generation Back to School Kit at And Twins Make 5. Ends 9/5.

Rockin’ Green diaper pail freshener at Lovin Being a ….. Ends 8/13.

Baltic-amber teething necklace at Lovin Being a… . Ends 8/16.

Bummas Wipes at All Aboard (the review & giveaway train!). Ends 8/12.

Isa Booties at All Aboard (the review & giveaway train!). Ends 8/12.

$15 EcoMom gift certificate at Organic Girl. Ends 9/5.

Cow Plush wooden rocker with sound at One Bored Mommy. Ends 8/18.

Have you won anything recently?? I enter a lot, but don’t always win. BUT this is what I’ve won lately:

All of the above blogs run giveaways often, so please go check them out! Enter as many as you want, and enter often.  Be sure to follow any rules for entries these bloggers lay out.  This is important to make it fair for everyone.  Good luck!

And what I’m seeing today:

UVSkinz over at Look What Mom Found! Ends 9/1 and is open to US residents only.

Mimi’s Dreams Cloth Pads over at Momma Told Me. Ends 8/15 and is open to world-wide residents.

Happy Green Bee organic kids’ clothing over at All Aboard (the review & giveaway train!). Ends 8/26 at 11:59 PST. US residents only.

Win a Terracycle backpack and pencil case over at Life with the Lebedas. If you’re never heard of Terracycle, they take people’s GARBAGE and upcycle them into AWESOME stuff. Check out their website while you’re at it. 🙂 Giveaway ends 8/24 at midnight.

If you find any more green giveaways out there, leave a comment to let everyone know!

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