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Old 01-27-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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Experiments with homemade detergent and stains

I don't know quite what to do with my results re saving my diapers. But here is the raw data in case others can figure it out.

First I made homemade detergent using coconut soap, washing soda, a bit of lemishine and a bit of oxy. To test its cleaning powder I washed it with a load of dipes on a sanitary cycle. Nothing else added.

I included a cloth wipe that I prestained:

I guess the picture will show up once I post this message so I will just describe the stains I put on it.

Mascara
Blush
Mustard
Ketchup
Oily meat
Blackberry
Tangerine

All in counter clockwise order.

See next message for the results of that wash.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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Here is the result of that washing on that test wipe. Not that great. This was on very hot water with a gentle homemade detergent.

Next I doused it well with Zout to see if that would work.

Washed it in a regular laundry load with the same homemade detergent and the next post will show the result of that.
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Even the Zout didn't do so well on those stains, see?

Next I will try Clorox.
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So next I decide, after hearing from many DS ladies as well as the maker of my dipes that the reason I was losing my elastics' strength was the sanitary cycle, to do a regular cotton on hot/cold wash, with a prewash with Clorox only, and one extra rinse. The detergent in the main wash is the same homemade one.

Wow, I can't really see the stains any more.

Do I draw the conclusion that very hot water hurts the diapers and doesn't help with cleaning as much as normal hot water and a bit of bleach (1/4 c) in a prewash does? The finished diapers did smell and look clean. Anyone have any thoughts?
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I think your cleanliness results had more to do with the bleach than the temperature of the water.
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So if heat doesn't work so well on stains AND if it was the cause of my stretched out leg elastics, then the perfect laundry routine might be the regular wash with maybe prewash and extra rinse, but only normal hot, which isn't too hot, and maybe bleach in the prewash when the bacteria is present?
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So if heat doesn't work so well on stains AND if it was the cause of my stretched out leg elastics, then the perfect laundry routine might be the regular wash with maybe prewash and extra rinse, but only normal hot, which isn't too hot, and maybe bleach in the prewash when the bacteria is present?
I do this every wash. A cold prewash with bleach, then a regular hot wash with tide and an extra rinse. So far so good I ocassionally end up with a bleach spot here or there on a diaper but I don't care as long as they are clean and don't stink
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Ok, this seems to be working. It will take a few months to see if the diaper elastics don't stretch by giving up the super hot sanitary cycle.

One difference I notice between washing in a normal hot cycle and the sanitary with both washes starting with the prewash with 1/4 c Clorox, after the sanitary cycle you don't smell any bleach. After the regular hot wash you do still smell the bleach from the prewash.

Everything looks pretty clean. Some staining but we don't spray the poop dipes.
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Crazy that you can smell the bleach even after washing on regular. We always add a splash of bleach to our first cycle on cold (normal wash) and then do another cycle on hot with detergent. This helped get our diapers super clean and take away the ammonia buildup we seemed to be having but they never smell like bleach after washing.
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