Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Eco Sprout Review

You may remember a few months ago when I was super excited that Rockin Green was releasing new Remix formula's that would be replacing their original formula's. This formula was supposed to clean better, be gentler on clothing and diapers, and rinse out even better than before! As much as I constantly raved about the original formula, you can imagine my disappointment when the new Remix ended up not working out for us very well. So I was forced to find something that would hopefully work better for the issues that were arising with the Remix. After searching Facebook and a few forums, I quickly decided I had to try Eco Sprout first.

The company was started by myself, a WAHM (Work-athome-dad). I was looking for a cloth diaper detergent that was great for not just diapers, but for my entire family's laundry. It was important to my that the detergent I used was non-toxic, natural, eco-friendly, sensitive for my boy's bottoms, and got rid of the strong ammonia our diapers always had with other detergents. After experimenting for several months and doing a ton of research, Eco Sprout was born. 

I manufacture the detergent and run the day-today business activities of Eco Sprout myself. Eco Sprout detergent is free from dyes, brighteners, enzymes, phosphates, SLS, and is 100% biodegradable. It is safe for cloth diapers. They not only come out of the wash smelling clean, but have zero to very little ammonia smell both when my sons pee and even in the diaper pail 2 days later!

~ Jared Edwards

Jared sent me a very generous sample pack which included a 2 ounce sample baggie of each of their scents, as well as a small (24ounce) bag of In The Buff (unscented). The scents include:
  • Lavender Chamomile
  • Warm Vanilla Sugar
  • Fresh Linen
  • Ocean Breeze
  • Baby Powder
  • Vanilla Sandalwood
  • and a "seasonal" scent (in my package I received Pink Lemonade, however the current seasonal scent is Sweet Pumpkin Spice, YUM!)
FYI: All the scents will wash out ;)

I started off with the directions on their website for first time users. I filled our tub with hot water, 4 tablespoons of Eco Sprout, and added my clean diapers. I let everything soak overnight, and in the morning I ran everything through a hot wash in the top-loader and dried them. Of course they had started out clean, but I noticed that there was no "musty" smell to them that Rockin Green had assured me was probably just normal. These diapers had no smell to them, at all. I also immediately noticed that most set-in stains were lightened quite a bit, if not gone! Now it was time for the real test...

Bug showed no reactions to the diapers after they were washed in Eco Sprout. I never felt like we had a real ammonia problem, but I especially noticed in his night time diapers that his pee smelled a lot less pungent. As the next couple days went by, I noticed (or should I say didn't notice) the diaper pail, and it's sudden decrease in smell, though the pail is always left open for air. Then came our first wash, and it seemed like Eco Sprout had performed a miracle. The diapers came out just as clean and, uhm, non-smelly (lol) as they did when I washed the clean diapers after their soak. I swear I almost cried. I knew diapers shouldn't look dingy and smell "off". I knew it, and now my mind felt at ease.

Wash Cycle

Rinse cycle- Please don't be discouraged by the dinginess of the water. I assure you, it's just our hard water, not detergent residue lol
 I continued to use Eco Sprout on our diapers (and occasionally on Bug's clothing) with great results for about a month until my samples ran out. However, because of our water, I was using 4 tablespoons per load. While I never felt unsatisfied at any point with Eco Sprout, I need to figure how cost effective it would be for me to continue using it since we already pay $2 per load of laundry at the apartment as it is. It's definitely at the top of my list though!

Eco Sprout offers 3 sizes of bags: large (96 oz/ 96-192 loads) @ $24.98, medium (48 oz/48-96 loads) @ $13.98 and small (24 oz/24-48 loads) @ $7.98 as well as samples bags (2 oz/2-4 loads) @ just $1.75 each! (loads based off of 2 tablespoons per load/1 tablespoon per load, using the minimum amount of detergent suggested)

You can purchase detergent, bottom balm, bottom spray or pail refresher directly from Eco Sprout! You can also connect with Eco Sprout on Facebook!


You can win your very own 24oz bag of Eco Sprout by entering my giveaway, HERE.

43 comments:

  1. I am assuming you have hard water which is why you have to use 4 TBSP. To use less detergent, you can just add a capful of Calgon water softener to your wash cycle. That way the Calgon can break down the minerals in the water so your detergent does not have to work so hard and you can use less. We LOVE Eco Sprout detergent!

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  2. I love that they have more than one scent!! Also that the company is helpful by adding tips to help you use less detergent!

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  3. I love Eco Sprout! We have used Calgon with as we have hard water and it works really well.

    Carolyn H
    graceink at yahoo dot com

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  4. I'd love to try this! I'm glad you found a detergent that works better for you!

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  5. I've only tried a couple of samples and it seemed to work well. I'd love to try a whole bag.

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  6. How exciting! I've been wanting to try Eco Sprout detergent! So glad it's working for you! :)

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  7. no experience with this detergent. Would love to win some to try and get my diapers really clean.

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  8. I'm also having issues with RNG (I think). We're having stink issues and RNG is the only thing I can think of that's causing it. I have a bag of Eco Sprout that is next in line to use as soon as I go through the RNG we have.
    fmgrice2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I have totally been keeping up with your detergent ups and downs since I have been having my own. I have heard great stuff about them lately so Im thinking its time to bite the bullet and just try some.
    ticklemetiffyyyy @yahoo dot com

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  10. I have only ever used Rockin Green, but I have not seen the miraculous stain-removing power I've heard so much about. I have clothes I've thrown out because I just can NOT get the stains out. I wonder if EcoSprout would work on some of those...

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  11. I haven't really tried the new RnG (have a bag just haven't really used it...been using up the old formula first) so I'm not sure if it will work for us now based on what you posted! We have super hard water too! This is one of the detergents I've been wanting to try on a full time basis but I need to finish what I have of RnG first! LOL I had received a sample included in a diaper purchase and I liked it.

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  12. I have always wondered what is an appropriate smell for my clean diapers. I know, sounds crazy, but your comment about the musty smell makes me wonder if that's what we have... maybe it's time to try something different! ngiraldi at gmail dot com

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  13. I have heard great things. Glad it comes in unscented also!

    jsapalio at yahoo dot com

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  14. I have heard good things about this detergent and would love to try it. We are using free and clear now and have to strip pretty often.

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  15. I have had samples of Eco Sprout in the past and LOVE it! I didn't notice stink issues and it was just awesome in general! I would love to get some more... but the checkbook says no right now. Boo. :( I guess I will have to settle for homemade detergent for now.

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  16. I love Eco Sprout it's my favorite cloth diaper detergent I have tried so far!

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  17. I currently use RnG Hard Rock for our really hard water. I want to try this detergent, but I don't want to have to use 4 tablespoons of detergent per wash (or have to buy more things to add to my water!) so that is very discouraging, but I'd still love to give it a try!

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  18. We just switched to Eco Sprout last week (I ordered the Pumpkin Spice scent- it is delicious!) and so far I love it!

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  19. I just used Eco Spourt for the first time yesterday. My diapers smell great! I didn't realize that they were smelling bad until I did the overnight soak and they came out so fresh and clean. Today will be the test to see if there is any ammonia smell!

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  20. I have always been curious whether ecosprout works better than other detergents. I currently use a cloth diaper friendly detergent but I still occasionally have ammonia issues. I would love to try ecosprout.

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  21. I haven't tried this detergent yet, but it sounds great. I'd love to try it for my cloth dipes!

    cmcosman@yahoo.com

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  22. I will have to keep this in mind once our RnG original runs out in case we dont like the remix. :-)

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  23. I've never used Eco sprout but would love to try it!

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  24. Love Eco Sprout deterent! Gets out the stink and stains better than any other detergent we've tried. And we've tried quite a few.

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  25. I've never tried Eco Sprout, but want to. I've used bumGenius detergent and currently RnG with mixed results. We had horrible build up with the bG and got rid of that when switching to RnG, but now have ammonia stink problems. Oh the trials of laundering cloth diapers! It would be nice to find a foolproof detergent and routine once and for all.

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  26. All those scents sound so yummy! Would love to win to try this detergent on LO's diapers.

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  27. I love EcoSprout! I first tried it as a sample and now I use it for all my cloth diaper laundry (and I have a lot, I have twins in diapers). I haven't had a single issue or had to strip since I switched.

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  28. I just switched from Rockin Green to eco sprout and am loving the switch. It seems my diapers are so much cleaner now.

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  29. So far I have only tried one sample so I can't say if it'll work on the long run, but I only heard good things about it (including your review), so I'm excited to try it for a longer period of time!

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  30. I would love for my diapers to lose that slightly 'off' smell that we have been struggling with for so long, however, I am not sure how I feel about them being scented like other things so I would probably stick with the no fragerance kind.

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  31. I like the choice of scents. And if it really does help diapers look less dingy than I want to try it!
    heidimonique at gmail dot com

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  32. i havent tried eco sprout yet but i would love to try it out, it sounds like it would get the job done and im really glad i read this review

    Bonnie rodriguez

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  33. I have not tried an eco detergent, so I would love to give this a try! Thanks!

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  34. I haven't tried Eco Sprout detergent yet but I liked the fact that it gets rid of strong ammonia in diapers that other detergents don't get rid of.

    (Brittany H.)

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  35. I find it curious that they go to the trouble of having scented detergent if it washes out... But it's nice to know you've had success with it, even over Rockin Green (which everyone seems to swear by)

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  36. The scents seem wonderful and I love that it was started by a SAHD!!!

    juliedianebaker at aol dot com

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  37. I've been wanting to try this detergent! I can't believe they have scents, I've missed the smell of freshly clean clothes =)

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  38. I love how it comes in different scents! i would love to try the warm vanilla!

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  39. I have not tried this detergent, but the scents sound really yummy!

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  40. I'd love to try this detergent, their scents sound so great!

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  41. I've never tried Eco Sprout, though I have heard of it. From your review though, it sounds like something I need!!

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  42. The Warm Vanilla Sugar sounds amazing to me right now...it might be the holiday season that is making me feel that way!

    bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

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