Dinobi Detergent – Plant Based Detergents & Cloth Diapering
This is my first conversation directly with a detergent maker. Sylvia is a mom living in the Chicago area. She shared with me her story about finding a detergent that would work for her family of 6 without causing any skin irritation. She also wanted the detergent to work with cloth diapers.
We’re going to talk about some of the honest realities of plant-based detergents and diapering. We’re going to talk about what her detergent is about and some of the questions I had.
Dinobi Detergents is a black-owned detergent in the Chicago area shipping around the world. To shop visit: https://www.dinobidetergent.com
Sylvia Emuwa is a wife, mom of four and mom-preneur who saw a need for a unique product that would be gentle enough yet effective on her babies’ and her huband’s precious skin when doing laund
Dinobi Detergent – 100% plant-based skin-focused detergent – Skin focused means that we have the intent that the formula does not harm or irritate or harm the skin.
You’re an accountant, your husband is in education– how did you get to the process of formulating a skin-focused detergent?
There are people out there who do that – so I worked with an organic chemist to ensure an effective product and asked around for suggestion and found the person I needed.
But for Sylvia, learning the customer was the biggest learning curve moving from accounting to customer service.
What is in the name – Dinobi.
Dinobi is an Ebo word – Ebo is a major tribe in Nigeria and it means precious. When we came up with the name we wanted it to be different and convey that their skin is precious.
This is about knowing you are precious enough for products that are good for you. You have the comfort of knowing that this product wont have long-term impacts on your skin.
A lot of people are wary of plant-based detergents because they lack enzymes or other products that are “taught to us” to be needed to clean fabrics.
Water is a main agreement – but you need water to lubricate the clothes. We have a coconut derivative to lift off the dirt. Lavender essential oil for the healing of the skin and helps decrease inflammation. Vegetable fatty alcohols and it works together to suds up – because people like suds – and to help remove the dirt from clothes.
Their formula has been lab tested to only leave water on clothes. This is a custom formula. It is specific to our brand and removes the dirt.
You were a cloth diaper parent?
Sylvia cloth diapered the last three of her kids. What prompted her to cloth diaper was irritation from paper diapers – constant rashes and just nothing worked.
She loved the Thirsties AIO and it has been her favourite.
She tried a few other bigger detergent brands and it just kept the smell, or noticed the diaper was holding or other processes that was just too extra. Some products work better than others.
What was your wash routine…. I have been using Dinobi on my peapod mats…. But they are a little musty when I get them out of the washing machine
Sylvia – what are the pads made of?
Bailey – microfibre, one layer of polyester under a terry cloth.
Sylvia – microfibre can be great but it does have a tendency to hold smells and it’s engineered to hold a lot of smell. What she started doing with her microfibre is adding a cap fulrl of bleach to Dinobi, hot water, and soak and then wash it.
What did your routine look like?
Sylvia is still working on it, but as a mom of four kids, she’s still working on it because life is in flux. Her routine initially was washing every other day.
Washing her diapers more often, using bamboo liners to catch poop (decrease the dirt load on the diaper helps with natural fibre), washing smaller loads…. It sounds like you’ll be washing more, but it’s just a change of the routine to make a habit that it happens regularly to get clean diapers.
Expectations between synthetic and natural detergents are different.
Is this detergent septic safe – yes, and high efficiencent.
Water hardness – no, this is an all in one detergent. We’ve tried it everywhere, including the Mississippi River water.
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