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December 20th, 2012, 10:26 AM
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What kind do you use? How much do you put in. Only about 2 weeks of cloth and today Summer's diaper smelled funky
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December 20th, 2012, 10:30 AM
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I use rockin green. But when my oldest was a baby and I just used store bought free and clear detergent I used 1/4 of the recommended amount.

What's your routine?
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December 20th, 2012, 10:42 AM
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Bc i have an he front loader im still learning a routine... what was working was a cold quick wash, a hot wasg with cold rinse with the added rinse button. I have been experimenting with soap... one time i used too much bc the machine read SUDS so ive been using half a lid which is number 1 on the detergent im using. (which i read many reviews saying it was good for cloth)

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December 20th, 2012, 11:43 AM
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I just use original Tide with nothing in it. Typically about 3 tablespoons.
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December 20th, 2012, 11:53 AM
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I use a Canadian brand, but I've heard good things about Rockin Green, or even just any free & clear version of any brand.

Do you do a cold wash or cold rinse to start with? I think you mean cold rinse...

Is it possible you're using too much detergent?
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December 20th, 2012, 12:03 PM
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My HE washer has a quick wash button... someone told me it adds more water so I use that first with no detergent. (cold) Do you think I should just do the rinse/spin cycle to start?? I didn't think it would make too much of a difference.
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December 20th, 2012, 12:07 PM
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I use a homemade detergant and a front loader
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December 20th, 2012, 12:38 PM
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Everyone in the local CD group here says rockin green sucks with hard water. I know you mentioned having hard water too, Aubrey.
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December 20th, 2012, 12:42 PM
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Everyone in the local CD group here says rockin green sucks with hard water. I know you mentioned having hard water too, Aubrey.
you know, I thought I had hard water but I did a hard water test with a bottle and soap... I seen it online and if it's a legit test it shows I do not have hard water.

If this keeps up and it wasn't just a one time thing I think I will try the original tide since it seems to be most recommended on the co-op....
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December 20th, 2012, 12:50 PM
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Do your faucets have white stuff where the water comes out? If so, you probably have hard water. Or if your water feels slimy on your skin it's soft water, but if you're used to it you won't notice.
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December 20th, 2012, 01:28 PM
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dishes will come out of the washer cloudy and skin will feel tight and itchy after showering too, with hard water

If that's what it is, you could try adding a bit of washing soda with your soap to soften the water
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December 20th, 2012, 03:20 PM
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I have used every detergent under the sun over the years. It honestly doesn't make a difference for us. The biggest difference for us seems to be making sure to rinse it well enough. Right now we have been in a season of going back and forth between Tide and Trader Joe's Powder detergent.

I was so nervous the first time I used Tide. I had been using cloth for 3 years before I finally took the Tide plunge. So glad we did it. Now my detergent stress is gone for good. It's nice to know it doesn't really affect things for us.
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December 20th, 2012, 04:31 PM
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Hey, my skin isn't tight and itchy and I have hard water! so funny how what you're not used to feels so different. I HATE showering at my in laws cause they have soft water, I think I rinse "conditioner" from my hair for like 10 minutes. I've never had soft water so it's just what I'm used to.
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December 20th, 2012, 04:39 PM
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I had soft water at my parents, and we have soft water now, but our apartment had the hardest water. The havoc it wreaked on my hair for the 2 years we lived there was crazy!

Hope you sort it out Aubrey, I second extra rinses!
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December 20th, 2012, 05:35 PM
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lol I always had hard water, too until this place and never thought anything of it. Now I'm totally spoiled.

Detergant build up can also cause odors to stick around. You can check for that by putting it into the wash with no soap and watching to see if suds appear.
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