I have city water, so I have no idea if it's hard or soft, but I was having awful ammonia issues. I use Charlie's soap and have been happy with it. I considered changing detergent, but didn't want to try multiple kinds plus I have a lot of Charlie's stocked up.
I have always soaked on cold with Bac-Out for about 30 min. and added vinegar once the ammonia issues started. The hot wash with Charlie's worked for most things, but overnight diaps and anything with hemp (and some fleece pockets) would smell of ammonia when peed on.
It may sound like overkill, but this is the wash routine I've been using lately that seems to finally work:
- Medium-length cold wash with 2 big squirts of Bac-Out, 1/2 cup vinegar and a quick squirt of blue Dawn. Cold rinse.
- Long hot wash with full scoop of Charlie's and a capful of bleach. Cold rinse.
- Short hot wash, cold rinse (nothing added, these are for rinsing).
I don't know if any of these ideas would help you or anyone else, but it's solved our ammonia issues.
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Last edited by AHASRADA; 02-21-2013 at 08:37 PM.