I was so excited when I saw that Cheeks and Cherries were stocking Rockin’ Green as I always read such great things about it from US blogs and Chloe’s night nappies were beginning to smell very ammonia-y. There are a few different options to buy, so please bear with me whilst I try to explain!
Firstly it depends on your water as to which RG version to get, I did want to get the Soft Rock version as Chloe does have slightly delicate skin and our water here is moderately soft but at the minute Cheeks and Cheeks only have the Classic Rock and Hard Rock versions. The Soft Rock only comes in unscented but the Classic and Hard Rock come in unscented and scented varieties (will talk more on the scents in a bit!).
- Soft – this formula is designed for those that have sensitive little ones or soft water.
- Classic – this is the original formula, and is great for those with moderate hard water, or just those that are battling with stinkies.
- Hard – This formula is designed for the most troubling of water types.
They also do a Funk Rock, which is a sort of heavy duty ammonia-be-goner! Which Cheeks and Cherries will be stocking soon and it’s for a really deep clean for nasty smelling nappies. The other 3 Rocks can be used for a deep clean and for regular nappy washes (and even for clothes too if you fancy!).
You’re probably all thinking, that all sounds interesting but what’s so special about RG? Well it’s all in the ingredients, or isnt as the case may be, as Rockin’ Green is free of dyes, enzymes, whiteners, and optical brighteners. It’s also 100% phosphate free, dioxin free, petroleum free and is animal by-product free, never tested on animals, biodegradable, eco-friendly and they only use 100% natural scents. So it great not only for nappies but for the planet too!
So, on to the scents, as I mentioned the Soft Rock only comes in unscented as it’s meant to be for sensitive skin (we used the Classic Rock and Chloe’s been fine), you can also get unscented in the other versions if you want or you can get one of the amazing smelling and awesomely named scents. I have to say that RG have really got their marketing/branding spot on as far as I’m concerned, the whole Soft/Classic/Hard/Funk Rock thing is good but the names for the scents are really cool too, they get bonus points in my book for being so creative!
- Mighty Mighty Marshmallow – it’s sweet and nutty, and very mighty!
- 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!
I had a really tough time picking at first but in the end I got Rage Against the Raspberry and Smashing Watermelons sent to me as samples, now I had a bad cold when I used them so I actually couldnt even smell them but OH tells me they did indeed smell lovely!! One thing I am a bit sad on is that once clean the nappies dont have a slight lingering scent to them, they just smell like well clean nappies. Which is a good thing I guess but part of me thinks it is worth it getting the scents if you only smell it when putting the powder in the washing machine? I guess it makes doing the washing a bit nicier but I would love a really faint smell of raspberries or whatever on the nappies, but maybe then they’d be issues with rashes or something I dont know, but that’s my thought on it anyway!
So that’s the general jist of the RG, you can buy the sample sachets which do about 2 washes and are £1.50 each, great for if you can decide which scent to get or you can get the big 1.3kg bags, which is what I then got, for £13.95 for the Classic Rock and £15.95 for the Hard Rock. It does sound expensive but I’ve been using our big bag for a few weeks and we’ve not really made a dent in it yet! Also if you want a £1 off the big 1.3kg bags then scroll down to the end of the post for a discount code.
So, how did we find using it? Well at first I did the soak, I put in 3 tbs into our empty nappy bucket with all the inserts and night nappies (I didnt soak the PUL nappies) and some hot water and swished it about a bit and left it overnight. I only put them in the bucket so that I could give them a swish about a bit every now and then but you can just put them in the machine on a soak setting and you can just soak for 30 mins or so but our night nappies were particularly stinky so I went with overnight. In the morning the water did look very murky and not very pleasant, I tipped it out and then they all went into the machine for a cold rinse. Then I did a normal hot wash with no detergent of anykind, followed by 2 more rinses, and then I decided to do another rinse just to be on the safe side but I think that might have just been overkill!!
When they came out, they did all look brighter and when I sniffed them there wasnt even a slight smell of pee or ammonia, a few stains on one of the inserts was still there (to be fair they dont claim to be stain removers) but everything seemed great. The real test came the next morning, when I went into Chloe’s room to change her night nappy, yes it did smell of pee (but what do you expect after 12 hours) but it wasnt like an ammonia factory had set up business in her nappy, honestly before we used the RG, once you took the cover off your eyes would water from the ammonia some mornings, but after the soak it wasnt half as bad. So it was a success I think at stripping them and rather than using the old methods (full detergent/dishwasher tablets etc) it’s nice to know that we’re using something especially formulated for nappies that’s also great for the environment. We also used the RG for normal nappy washes, a cold rinse first, then 1-2 tbs depending on the size, hot wash and then I do always do a rinse at the end but I’m not even sure if you need to really. The best thing is that you don’t have to worry about repelling or buildup issues with using RG, unlike when you use ‘normal’ detergents.
Tips – I use a kitchen measuring scoop to measure the tbs, as just like in cooking normal spoons can give varying amounts and even though using more wont harm your nappies, I want to make my RG last! Also I have read on some forums that people experience the powder ‘sticking’ in the machine powder tray, I just put mine in directly in the drum onto the nappies after the rinse, so try doing it that way instead.
So we love Rockin’ Green, I think we’ll do a 30 min soak once a month on all our nappies and keep on using it at every nappy wash and I might even be tempted to start washing Chloe’s clothes in it as well as I love that fact that it hasnt got any nasties in it.
If you want to try Rockin’ Green then Cheeks and Cherries have kindly given us a coupon code for £1 off the big 1.3kg bags to use during the month of March. Simply use RGREEN1 in the code box for the discount to apply. If you’re just ordering the RG then there is a bit extra on the delivery as the bags are so heavy but if your order is £45 or over then delivery is free, yay, a good excuse for buying more fluff!
We were kindly sent a sample of RG to review, however no one has told me what to write, all words (including spelling mistakes) and opinions are 100% my own and genuine. And I liked it so much I bought a big bag of it!