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Put a new spin on your dreary wash routine. Natural minerals that are tough on stains and gentle on your baby and the environment are the core of all of our detergents. Make greener choices with our full line of eco concious products that are super fresh and oh so socially responsible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have hard water. Can I use your Laundry and Cloth Diaper Detergent?

A: Absolutely! Our detergents were developed for use in hard water. You may have to use a little more Ruby Moon detergents to get your clothes clean, but they work great!

Q: How do you suggest washing your cloth diapers?

A: Everyone has a different opinion about how to get your diapers clean. My trick? I use our Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Detergent, I don't overload the washer, and I do laundry every 2-3 days. In order to get diapers clean you need enough water to rinse them properly and enough room to agitate properly. If you have too many diapers in your wash you won't have enough water or agitation. The less time your diapers sit before getting washed- the less stinky they will be. Here is how Ruby Moon washes her diapers: *I rinse my diapers in cold water * I add 2-3 tbs of Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Detergent *Wash on HOT. Add a second rinse.

Q: I used your cloth diaper detergent, but my diapers are still stinky!

A: If this is your first time using our Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Detergent, you are probably experiencing what we call "ghost stink". Ghost stink is months of built of soap and odor from your previous detergent that you need to strip away. We suggest that you put your diapers in the wash, add 4-5 tbs of Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Detergent, and then fill the washer with HOT water. Let the diapers sit for 3-6 hours or overnight. After a long soak, wash as you would normally but without any additional detergent. You will exorcise your dipes of all that lingering build up!

Q: What is the difference between your laundry and your cloth diaper detergent?

A: Simple. Our Natural Laundry Wash contains soap and sodium borate and our Cloth Diaper formula doesn’t. You can certainly use our Cloth Diaper formula on both your family laundry and diapers, but sometimes customers want a more traditional detergent that contains soap. Sodium borate is perfectly fine on clothing, but will eventually cause the water proof lining and elastic of cloth diapers to break down. You paid a lot of money for your diapers and we want to help you make them last! Soap leaves a residue build up on cloth diapers that cause awful odor and leaking.

Q: What is in your detergents?

Cloth Diaper Detergent:
 Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Percarbonate, Fragrance ( if scented)

Laundry Detergent:
Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Borax, Sodium Percabonate, Fragrance ( if scented)

Our Mission

Our mission at Ruby Moon is to provide you with an affordable, gentle on the earth and your skin, tough on stains and odor, line of products. All of our products and packaging are made with natural and biodegradable ingredients.  We rigorously test our products and would never sell you anything that we wouldn't use on our own families.  

Our Story

We never thought we would be making laundry detergent.  But like a lot of things in life, necessity is the mother of invention.   After my daughter was born, I fell in love with two things- my gorgeous baby and her gorgeous cloth diapers.  However, my little one has eczema that was only made worse by the “baby” laundry detergent with it’s too-strong odor and harsh chemicals.  I couldn’t wash my diapers in the stuff- nor did I want to- but I couldn’t find ANYTHING in the grocery store that didn’t cause my diapers to leak or  ( unbelievably) stink even worse!  Not to mention the negative ecological impact all those chemicals had on our environment! SO, as we all do I went online to purchase the premier cloth diaper detergent.  I was so excited to use their products! Until,that is, I read the ingredients. Half of the label was vague, industrial, chemical sounding words that frankly- sounded just like the detergent I was running away from.  When I contacted the companies, they refused to tell me what exactly was in their products.  I am all for protecting your product’s formula- but this is my baby! What touches her more than her cloth diaper! I needed to know what was in the product I was buying.  I was at an impasse.  I had REALLY stinky diapers and a baby whose skin was not too happy about the detergent we were using.  I had a decision to make: Give up cloth diapering or make my own detergent.  I chose the latter.  After months of research and lots of laundry, I came up with a concoction that is safe for my babies tender skin, safe for my cloth diapers, and ecologically friendly.  I began sharing the detergents with friends, family, and other cloth diapering Mamas. They all raved about how clean their diapers and clothes were and encouraged me to go into business.  Opportunity knocks only so many times before it moves on to someone who will listen, so I decided to listen to all my laundry detergent lovers.  With the help of my family and tester/snuggler extraordinaire, Ruby Grace, Ruby Moon Natural Laundry was born.  Look at that gorgeous baby! I can't think of a better reason to make our families and the Earth a little healthier!

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