Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper Detergent :: Review + Giveaway

In honor of Happy Baby Company being named Rockin' Retailer of the Year for Rockin' Green, I thought I'd take the time to give you a two-fer of posts tonight. You've seen plenty of posts now of me raving about Rockin' Green, the amazing little cleaner that could. About a month or so ago, I reached out to the owner and asked if she'd be interested in doing a review/giveaway on She sent me a few packets of Classic Rock in several scents and I went about putting it to the test.

sorry for all the flash photography. we blew a breaker in the basement, of course the same day as i needed to take these pics. :-P

*Note: Rockin' Green produces 3 different formulas of their detergent. Classic Rock is for normal water. Hard Rock is for hard water, and Soft Rock is guessed it...soft water.

It was hard for me to try to approach this objectively, I confess, because I was already in love with the product and its marketing (as a marketer myself, I tend to be very loyal to those who put a solid effort forth for their brands). But I did eventually jump that hurdle and was able to get some good review material.

I evaluated in three main areas: removal of diaper stinkies, quality of scent and stain removal.

Removal of Diaper Stinkies

We use bumGenius 3.0 One-Size diapers (RIP 3.0) almost exclusively, which have a little pocket into which you stuff a microfiber insert. After a while, the inserts really start to stink. I don't mean after being worn all night, or after a big meal. I mean perfectly clean inserts smell downright funky. And if you use a clean but funky insert overnight, the thing could double as a smelling salt come morning.


Enter "rockin' a soak". Two-three tablespoons of Rockin' Green and a washer full of dipes and hot water. That's all you need. Let it sit there for 30-60 minutes. Heck, if they're really bad, let them sit overnight. Check out how my clean clothes looked after only 30 minutes soaking in Classic Rock.

nasty, right?

Then wash as usual.

I can't even tell you how marvelous it was when I removed the formerly stinky inserts and stuck my face right in them with incredible confidence. Clean as clean can be, and there was absolutely ZERO trace of smell.

Test #1: Rockin' Green passes with flying colors.

Quality of Scent

I can make this one short and sweet. The scents, or flavors, of Rockin' Green really are delicious. I tried several of them and found them all to be very nice. Despite the fact that Rage Against the Raspberries and Smashing Watermelons seem to be the most popular, I personally really liked The Plain Green Teas the best right out of the package. My least favorite was Lavender Mint, which reminded me too much of Vick's Vapo Rub. I was really stoked about Mötley Cleän from the description, and even though I liked it when it arrived, to me it smelled more like Sweet-Tarts than anything else.

Not that I'm hatin' on Sweet-Tarts.

As for this family, we use Bare Naked Babies, the unscented one. While the scents are yummy, the fact is, I couldn't smell any of them by the time the dryer was done with them.

Test #2: Eh. Nice coming out of the package, but I wish they stuck around on the actual fabric after the wash was over.

And finally,

Stain Removal

This one is pretty darn remarkable, and I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. I did two main tests here, both involving rockin' a soak with existing stains. I'm not sure why one turned out better than the other. Maybe it was the fabric. Who knows. But both results will still make your jaw drop.

First one: Gro-Baby cotton diaper inserts. Check out the top ones, which are perfectly clean, and with baked-in stains. The ones underneath have been soaked and washed in Rockin' Green. All four looked exactly the same originally.

'nuff said.

With this next one, we had a cotton sheet that suffered a great big nasty poo-splosion. It got washed and dried before I even had time to think through using Rockin' Green (we use Purex for our regular laundry). When it came out of the dryer looking just as nasty as when it went in, I was bummed out.

I decided to try rockin' a soak with it, allowing it to steep for several hours. In the end, you can see that the stain is significantly diminished, but there are still obvious traces left.

This isn't camera tricky, folks. It's real-life examples of this stuff at work.

So am I a fan? You betcha.
A convert? You better believe it.
A believer? For life.

Are you ready for your chance to believe? Well you're in luck! Rockin' Green has very generously provided me with one 45/90 load bag of the formula and scent of your choice to give to one very lucky reader.

What do you need to do for a chance to win? Read on...
    • Offer only to US residents only (including APO addresses).
    • Deadline to enter is Saturday, July 17 at 8 p.m.
    • There are up to 2 ways to get entries. First one is required:
      • Stop by the Rockin' Green website and take a look at the different scents. Come back here and leave a comment telling me which one you want to try.
      • Leave a separate comment here telling me why you NEED to win this bag of Rockin' Green.
    • Good luck! :)
    • P.S. I manually approve each comment for new readers, so don't worry if your comment doesn't show up right away. It will, I promise!
    • P.P.S. I'd love to have new subscribers. No extra entries for that, but don't you want me to feel the love?

    This giveaway is now closed.

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