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What’s in RLR for Clothdiapers?

     I received a packet of RLR in a diaper subscription box a few months ago. I have seen it recommended for dingy and or stinky diapers and couldn’t wait to give it a try. My diapers are over two years old and working wonderfully. I didn’t have any issues I wanted to ‘fix’ but thought I’d give RLR a try. This product is often recommended to do a diaper ‘strip,’ but IMO if you have a good washing routine stripping shouldn’t be a regular occurrence.
     How did it turn out? It worked great! I soaked our well loved, two+ year old cloth diapers in the bath tub and couldn’t believe how brown the water became almost instantly. I wondered what magic could be in the packet. When I turned the package around to see…there were no ingredients listed. I checked Amazon, the company’s website and googled on the internet. I remembered my days as a cashier and thought…there has to be an MSDS sheet! I searched online and found sheets for many of their other products, but not for RLR. I decided to avoid using the product until I knew exactly what I was dealing with. What if my kids got into it?! Two e-mails, three phone calls and a few weeks later I received the MSDS sheet from the company. Here’s what they said:

     

     The ingredient in RLR is sodium carbonate. What’s sodium carbonate? Also known as washing soda, soda ash and soda crystals. It creates a strong alkaline water solution and is well known as a water softener. It prevents magnesium and calcium ions from bonding with detergent and is great for hard water. In addition to being used in laundry…it’s also used as a food additive and in the production of glass!! It can be found in Ramen noodles and sherbert. This makes me feel much better about using it, I mean if people are eating sodium carbonate…RLR can’t be toxic, right?!  Thanks Wikipedia. (1)
     So what do you do if you get RLR on your skin or in your eyes? The MSDS sheet states to “wash skin promptly” if you get it on your skin. If you get RLR in your eyes it says to “Wash with water for 15 minuites. If irritation persists see doctor.” It has no hazardous identification and reports that has no flash point and is not flammable. It’s not stated..but don’t do anything weird with it…obviously. Please contact the company for updated information.
     As for use on cloth diapers. Now that I know this is safe (compared to many other laundryproducts) I will definitely be treating our stash more often. I was really impressed with the results the first time, I love the individual packets and quite frankly that lady with the Mom jeans and 70’s blouse really brightens my day. I live in the country and have semi-hard water so a softener was right up my alley and my supermarket sells a big box of Washing Soda for around $3.
     Have you ever used RLR or Washing Soda?As always thanks for stopping by! I appreciate a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram (when being chosen for reviews many companies care about numbers) and love to network on Google and LinkedIn.

 

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_carbonate

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Kris
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Thanks for the post! I'm intimated to try using this, but I'm getting a little "barnyard" smell, so I might have to give it a try soon.

Kris
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Thanks for the post! I'm intimated to try using this, but I'm getting a little "barnyard" smell, so I might have to give it a try soon.

Fiddlin' Dandi
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I'd never heard of this before, so thanks for the informative post.

thewriteDuffy
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Great post! I had seen this product mentioned a few times on cloth diaper blogs, but had never seen it before. I would also be very worried about using something with no ingredients listed so thanks for doing all that work.
Also, the mom jeans and vintage look made my day!

thewriteDuffy
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Great post! I had seen this product mentioned a few times on cloth diaper blogs, but had never seen it before. I would also be very worried about using something with no ingredients listed so thanks for doing all that work.
Also, the mom jeans and vintage look made my day!

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