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Momma_of_3 05-15-2006 12:42 PM

baking soda & vinegar ?
 
When do you use them? I mean like do I put them both in the was together? Or one in the was & one in the rinse? And how much of each? TIA!!

twinsmomkatie 05-15-2006 12:50 PM

Re: baking soda & vinegar ?
 
I add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup (one good shake!) of baking soda right at the beginning of my wash, with just a tad of detergent. This system has worked well for me for a few months now - no buildup or smell! I bought vinegar to use, but decided to start simple, and have never needed the vinegar.

Well, I do use it to clean my kitchen sink. :)

Katie

masonite 05-15-2006 12:58 PM

Re: baking soda & vinegar ?
 
You can add baking soda to your wash---whatever looks good depending on the load. Usually about 1/2 cup or so.

The vinegar is usually added in the first rinse. A lot of mama's use a downy ball with vinegar in it--so it will automatically release during the rinse, it works great. I'd say about 1/4 to 1/2 cup vinegar too.

BUT, if you have hard water, you probably don't want to use vinegar, as it can cause more harm than good.

Momma_of_3 05-15-2006 01:08 PM

Re: baking soda & vinegar ?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by masonite
BUT, if you have hard water, you probably don't want to use vinegar, as it can cause more harm than good.

How do oyu know if you have hard water??

2sweetboys 05-15-2006 01:22 PM

Re: baking soda & vinegar ?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by masonite
BUT, if you have hard water, you probably don't want to use vinegar, as it can cause more harm than good.

I can tell you from experience that this is NOT good! I knew I had hard water, but didn't know the effects of using vinegar in this situation. Let me just say that I have not ever battled ANY smells with my diapers (other than those expected! lol), but when I started using vinegar in the wash, I started having major ammonia smells eminating from the diaper pail and my nighttime dipes. I had to strip ALL of my diapers and will probably be stripping them every wash until the smell stops.

One way you can tell is if you have REALLY hard water like we do, you will get spots in the shower and on your dishes (if you have a dishwasher, not sure about handwashed). I get water spots on most of my drinking glasses unless I am diligent about loading up on Jet Dry in the dishwasher. As for my shower....it is green anyway (whoever thought that was cool or looked nice needs to have their head examined!) so I just clean it and don't worry about the water spots. I am sooooo glad we are moving to a less ugly house, but we will still have hard water unless we decide to install a softener (probably not for awhile). HTH!

Oh, I do use baking soda in the presoak and cold wash though to counter the acidity in the urine....it does help!

masonite 05-15-2006 03:42 PM

Re: baking soda & vinegar ?
 
^^Yeah, spots is a good way to tell. Um, around here the water is really hard unless you have a water softener. I just know that we don't have one, so I know that I have hard water.

I just assumed that is how it was everywhere!


What are you using the vinegar for? Softness? Smell?


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