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What detergent are you using.? Sounds like your diapers are not clean. You need hot water, and the recommended amount of mainstream detergent. To get things started though, a 1/4 cup of bleach in the prewash will really help get the yuck out.
Bleach, super hot water, and/or more detergent. I *never* get it anymore now that I do sanitize washes with bleach every time. It is almost always due to residual bacteria in the diapers, i.e. they are not getting clean enough. Older babies on solids have more potent poops and pees (more bacteria in the poop), and thicker and more absorbent diapers, so their diapers are more prone to it.
Yes, agree with Alice. You need more oxidant (strongest one being bleach) and/or enzymes (from mainstream detergent or Bac-out). If you use bleach, add it to your hot/main cycle, the HE washers have a special bleach compartment. It doesn't take much to do the job. Good luck, let us know what you do and how it goes.
I used to be so paranoid about bleach, I hated the smell and thought it was eco unfriendly and dangerous for sensitive skin, but the more I researched it the more that seemed irrational (I mean, I'm not morally opposed to swimming pools which are FULL of the "dangerous" chloramines/bleach byproducts).... then I discovered that the regular unscented kind doesn't even have a smell that bothers me! It's really just about diluting it properly but your washer does that for you. I am a total bleach convert for diapers now.
Actually I was having a horrid time with stink in my diapers no matter what I did..even in a very efficient he machine my diapers either wouldnt get clean or wouldnt rinse clean and I'd get the ammonia smell..I spent yesterday washing and rewashing..I did a normal full wash on cold with extra rinse as suggested by the manufacturer of my diapers..then a full hot wash extra rinse..then I did another full hot wash with dawn to "strip" then another full wash with extra rinse no detergent or soap to really get all the suds out..if theyre not clean by now they're not going to be..If this worked Im going to do the other half my stash the same way..LOL..
I had ammonia problems with my diapers when I used R&G. Switched to Tide F&C and do three washes on heavy setting with super water level (one cold with no detergent, one hot with just below the 1 line of soap and one more cold with no detergent) and have had no problems with stinkies or buildup since.
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