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it's been 1.5 years since I've used cloth diapers, when I did I had barnyard/ammonia stinkies, I tried everything I could. I used RNG then country save then tide, stripped etc. we had a front loader which used almost no water.
we got a new washer and I want to wash the diapers and get them fresh again, before I start getting new diapers in the mail and get confused as to what is fresh and what isn't so fresh.
let me know how my process is.
I put them in the washer with a tsp-ish of dawn and a little bleach. did a 30 minute hot soak and then did a heavy duty hot wash with an extra rinse. I will keep checking if there are suds and keep doing rinses. is that enough dawn (HE washer)
does this sound ok? any other ideas? I won't really know if it fixes everything because I don't have a baby to pee in them yet. they have always smelled fresh coming out of the wash.
I would not use dawn in an HE washer. It will suds too much and can damage your washer. If you really want to use dawn, I would stomp wash in the bathtub and rinse them there really well first, then wash.
My method for deep sanitizing is do a water-heavy wash cycle (Delicate on my HE FLer) with the full amount of bleach (fill up the bleach drawer), then throw in a bunch of oxygen bleach powder for a Sanitize (extra hot) cycle, and extra rinse with vinegar. I use a normal load amount of detergent in the first cycle and about 1/2 that on the second cycle. I do this on like mildewy shower curtains, my diapers rarely if ever need it.
If you really don't want to use bleach, you can always boil. You can use a dab of dawn in the boil too. Lots of options. Of course boiling is only for inserts and prefolds and nothing with elastic, snaps, or PUL.
I only ever use Charlies Soap on my cloth diapers - I would never use bleach!! I wash them cold most of the time, but if I want to sanitize I wash them super hot. It's as simple as that. They always come out clean and fresh. I never use anything but Charlies soap in my washing machine. Also more water is they key, not less..... so put the load on large, even if it is small. My baby is ten months old now and I have been using only cloth for him.