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Old 02-28-2013, 02:57 PM   #451
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This makes so much sense!
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thank u for this!! new to cloth and have been stressing about detergent!
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Just out of curiosity.. are my boys the only ones sensitive to Tide? I always see others having success with Tide, so I tried it out a few months back. I rinsed the heck out of the diapers since I could smell the fragrance so strongly still. My boys are REALLY sensitive to a lot of things, so I wasn't surprised when the Tide gave them a horrible rash.
No. I personally hate the smell of Tide, it makes the back of my throat close a little. And my 10 year old will get eczema from it.

Right now we are using all free and clear on the dipes. And seventh generation on the rest of the clothes. And bleach prewash for each diaper load!
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I would like to know this too. I have never bleached my dipes because I have never needed to, but if I do need to one day, will bleach hurt anything? Obviously not cotton or bamboo or anything, but is is ok to use with PUL covers and AIO's with PUL? Also, won't it leave bleach spots on the colored dipes? I am a bleach newbie apparently as I never use it for laundry. We just use Sun Oxygen cleaner with the dipes and regular laundry.
I use bleach on every load. Prewash with only bleach. Then regular hot wash with detergent. My whole stash is all in ones, PUL. There has never in my 20 months of cd'ing been one bleach spot on the brightly colored PUL. Yet I once threw a peed in pair of cotton leggings into the diaper load, and it became totally tie dyed!

I tried to not use bleach but my dipes would stink a bit without. That slight barnyardy scent when you whiff them closely after drying. Yech. It also made them smell more ammonia like after each pee. Back to bleaching and those odors are gone (though first diaper change in the morning does contain ammonia of course)
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How to get your diapers stink free the first time, every time:

Forget everything you've heard! Forget all of the conflicting information going around out there! Take a deep breath and clear your mind.

Now....think to yourself, "what would I do if my baby pooped on my shirt?"

Would you use the recommended amount of detergent, if not a little more for good measure, to make sure your shirt got CLEAN? Would you bleach it if it was an all white cotton shirt? If it still stunk like poop when you got it out of the laundry would you re-wash it with more detergent?

IF You Have:

Flats
Prefolds
Cotton fitteds
Cotton Inserts and Doublers
Microfiber Inserts and Doublers
Hemp Inserts and Doublers
Bamboo Inserts and Doublers
PUL Covers
PUL Pocket Diapers

THEN:

Use the recommended amount of the detergent OF YOUR CHOICE, powder or liquid, as specified on the bottle/box for your load size, or more. For Tide, that's up to the "1 line" at least.

Do a normal wash or a rinse wash on COLD with no detergent to rinse everything out and prevent stains from setting in. Then do a wash with plenty of detergent on HOT, and add an extra rinse cycle if you're worried about buildup. That's it! Bacteria will be killed in the heat and cleaned out in the detergent, and you will have fresh dipes again! If need be and you're comfortable, add some bleach for extreme clean!

(Fabric softener has been known to cause issues so it's best to leave it out. If you choose to use fabric softener, understand that you won't be "ruining" your diapers, but you might find they don't absorb as well and will need to be rinsed thoroughly once in a while to increase absorbency.)

IF you have an HE machine:

Use HE specific laundry detergent and follow the directions on the bottle/box for your load size.

IF you have hard water:

If you notice that it takes a lot of shampoo to get a good suds going when you wash your hair, you have hard water. With soft water, you only need like a dime sized amount of shampoo to get plenty of bubbles. With hard water, that is unheard of, you need a ton of shampoo to get bubbles in your hair.

THEN:

Use MORE soap than the recommended amount until your diapers don't stink when they come out of the wash.

IF you have waaaaay to many bubbles when you do your laundry and you're starting to notice "build up":

Rinse rinse rinse rinse rinse until the bubbles are gone and until you are satisfied that your diapers don't have extra soap built up in them.

Then, use a little less soap next time in your laundry.

IF your LO has developed an allergic or sensitive reaction to the laundry detergent you are using:

Try a different detergent. Possibly, you need to go with the milder, "free and clear" detergents that are out there, or a special detergent, etc. I am not familiar with allergies and that is a whole different issue.

Bottom Line:

Don't spend too much time researching the "best" way to care for cloth diapers. Remember that:

They are cloth, just like everything else. They are washable. They don't need special treatment unless they are made from some kind of delicate or special material, like wool.

Your babies are pooping on them. When in doubt, use MORE detergent, not less. And you will never have "stink problems"

Stink problems = Poop and Pee. They just didn't get clean enough the last time you washed them. Try bleaching them to kill all that bacteria. If you're not comfortable bleaching them (especially if they're patterned and colored diapers) then use plenty of detergent and try a strong store bought detergent like Tide.

(ETA) "Build Up" is less common than you think. Don't worry about it until you have it. If you do get build up, don't panic. All it means is that your diapers aren't absorbing as well (and have the potential to also chemically react with your baby's pee and poo to cause a strong smell) because they are full of detergent and/or fabric softener residue. Build up does not mean your diapers are ruined, it just means they just need to be rinsed thoroughly, possibly with a little Dawn, until all the residue is cleaned out.

Your diapers will eventually one day wear out and need to be replaced. There is no way to prevent this. You can treat them delicately in the wash but then they're not getting clean and you will forever be tortured with stinky diapers.

Don't stress out about which detergent to use, and which detergent is "safe". That is a myth IMO. They are all "safe" if they're safe for your favorite clothes and don't give your family any rashes or problems.

Don't stress about preventing problems with diapers. Wait until a problem arises, then address it. They are just cloth, and any problem can be fixed. If they get build up, it can be washed out. If they have a manufacturing defect, they can be replaced.

...If you made it this far, I apologize. I hope I didn't come across as harsh. But I feel bad for all the parents that are just getting into CDing that are being confronted with an overwhelming amount of laundry information when it really should be simple. It makes no sense to me how complicated diaper laundry has become. I was so confused when I first started out, and tried to "preserve" my diapers and clean them the "safe" way, and all I got was stinkies. Then I switched to Tide and used a lot of it since I have hard water and I've never had a problem since. My diapers smell so good when they come out of the laundry and they're still in great shape and they don't repel or build up or stink.
I couldn't agree more...my words exactly to my mama friends just starting out!! I have been CDing for over ten years and this is my MAJOR frustration...all the special ways to wash cloth diapers that usually end up with new mamas throwing in the towel

Thanks so much for keeping this information rolling!
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By the way, I can't stand the smell of regular tide, so I use tide free, for mamas who mentioned that
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:33 AM   #459
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:00 AM   #460
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Love this thread! We are Tide/Gain lovers! We dry all our diapers on super hot and never have any problems! Warm rinse (we do warm because I'm not super picky when it comes to getting solids off...I just plop off what I can), hot wash, cold rinse...that is it! Still have diapers from DD1's infancy that are perfect!

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