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So we have a smell problem. I think it's ammonia or residue and I think it's because I have an HE top loader so there's not enough water. We've been washing all the diaper (2 AOIs, 5 covers, probably 10 inerts, and 6 prefolds) and I think there's not enough water.
I rinse/spin, wash on hot with 1.5 tbps of rockin green motley clean, and rinse/spin again. They just started to really smell recently and I tried doing a soak in 3 tbsps of soap like it said but it doesn't seem to work.
I'm trying a load now with half the diapers because I think that's the problem...anyone have any insights? My lo is starting to get a little red
Excuse me if my typing is bad There's probably a baby in my arms.
I don't have an HE washer and I use tide but how I do mine and I never have any smell is I actually run my diaps 3 times. I for the waste on cold, Sanitizing load is hot water and soap and then run another full load on cold for a rinse.
Well I just washed them twice (full wash and dry) and switched to Allfree and clear I know people say they dont work and ruin diapers but I think it was my grovia and my rockin green not liking each other.
I'll probably try charlies maybe....or tide.
PLEASE switch to Tide! I have heard nothing but horror stories from RnG. I have been washing for over a year now with very little wear on my diapers. I wash on cold no detergent, wash on hot with full scoop of Tide, wash on hot no detergent to rinse. RnG is soap, not detergent and using it causes soap build-up and does not effectively clean the diapers anyway. And they say to use so little because otherwise it would be crazy expensive, which it is. Tide powder is cheap, effective, awesome. No stripping needed when you use ample amounts of detergents and do enough rinsing. First, get them clean. Second, rinse the detergent. You will be one happy camper!
Wife of 18 years to Anthony
Mommy to 4 daughters Elinore 05/27/95,
Phoenix 12/14/01, Pascale 06/03/05
& baby Wren on 12/10/12
I used Nellys at first and it was not the best. I am now using a combo of the honest company pods and meyers baby wash liquid soap. It's working okay so far.
Before that I was using honest company and baby oxy clean. It worked great too. I use pretty much only bum genius elementals and so for my diapers it has been fine and now smell.
Mindy & Josh Mama to 3 beautiful girls!
DD - Maya (11), DD - Sophia (7), & DD - Jane (0)
11/04 09/12 12/12
So here is what I've learned along the way that might help you:
1) All Free & Clear is not a great detergent choice. It contains optical brighteners, which is are basically chemicals that leave a "coating" on your clothes to make them appear whiter. This residue can result in repelling, leaking, odors, maybe even diaper rash. The detergents you have been using are fine for cloth diapers, but you might want to strip the diapers and then start over using ONE detergent for ALL of your laundry.
2) For HE machines, after your first rinse/spin, do another rinse but NO spin afterwards. This will leave the diapers nice and soaked so that when you go to do your hot wash, you won't have to add towels (although you can if you want to).
3) The best way I know of to strip are following the FuzziBunz instructions because that is the brand we use almost exclusively. They sell a Strip Rx solution which has always worked wonderfully well for our diapers when we get ammonia and "barnyard" smells, but you can also do this:
1) Start with clean diapers
2) For top loaders, fill your washing machine to the max with hot water. For HE front-loaders, I recommend stripping in your bathtub or in a large, clean receptacle like a garbage bin.
3) Drop 4 - 5 Tablespoons of Oxo-Brite (or OxiClean) into the water, add your diapers, and allow the washing machine to begin agitating (or agitate the diapers manually with your hands, enough to work the solution into the diapers).
4) Allow the diapers to agitate for a couple of minutes, then stop the cycle and close the lid to keep the heat in (or simply let the diapers rest in the water if you are stripping them in your tub/receptacle).
5) Let the diapers soak for at least 6 hours, up to overnight.
6) Drain the tub, and transfer the diapers to your washing machine. Run one or two full hot wash cycles with no detergent.