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Old 10-18-2018, 03:14 PM   #1
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Q's: stink and switching to a front loadsr

So I have two questions.

First, I've never had any issues with getting my diapers clean. (Fitteds and covers). I've never had to strip them or anything. I was using a top loaded. I'd do a warm rinse followed by a regular hot wash with Tide powder. This summer, I temporarily relocated. I was using a different top loader and within two washes, they were seriously stinky. That washer, it turns out, is ... not great. Dirty clothes like work pants and such had to be scrubbed with a scrub brush before going in in order to get clean. The diapers seemed clean, I guess, they just smelled. Not ammonia. I was still using Tide powder. I added bleach a couple times, but that didn't seem to help. Maybe not enough? Also used vinegar a couple times. I ended up just using disposables for a bunch of the summer. Do recommendations for getting out stink? Maybe now that I can wash in a (presumably) good washer again, it will go away? Which leads me to my next question ...

Second, we just moved into a new place, and it has a front loader. I like them generally over top loaders, but I've heard not so great things for diapers, that they can be harder to use with less water. So recommendations for a good wash routine with a front loader? Can I just stick with what I was doing, warm rinse and hot wash? Do I need to worry about not enough water? I'm not necessarily a huge fan of Fluff Love, but I thought I might start there and then modify as I see fit.



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Old 10-19-2018, 03:58 AM   #2
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Re: Q's: stink and switching to a front loadsr

For the diapers currently, I'd just wash normally, maybe twice and maybe do a large rinse, by putting through a hot wash with no detergent. Either that, a wash w extra detergent and a long hot 'rinse' without detergent.

I moved to a front loader and got It to work fine. Honestly, I think the change in water is more of a thing. I ended up having to change detergents (again maybe because of water ) but otherwise it was no big deal. Since you are using Tide, which seems to usually work for most people, you are probably okay. Just be aware of how much detergent you put in, it will need less. Start with the recommended amount for front loaders AND the load size (diaper loads are often half full and need half the amt of a full load) and maybe add an extra finishing rinse (warm if available) and be aware how many soap bubbles are in the final rinse (during the initial trial run(s)). If a lot of bubbles, use a bit less detergent (or I would consider switch detergents personally). I was putting surprisingly small amt of detergent in and the diapers, including Sandy fitteds and GMD WHs, were getting clean.

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