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Old 02-12-2018, 07:47 PM   #1
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Oh my. I've been using mamacloth for close to a decade. Last few cycles my cloth has suddenly taken a turn for the worst.
Stinky cloth. If I sit wrong, I smell myself. Yucky, stinky. I don't smell nice detergent anymore.
My cloth is all minky topped. Few months ago I noticed they've begun to stain. Whattt?
I tried changing detergent. No change.
Last cycle I tried letting them sit in a presoak setting on washer. No change.
What has changed? The water. We moved. We now have awesome mountain well water. We also have a different washer but it's essentially same model that I used at the last house. New washer has a way to detect weight of load to add appropriate water amount.

So, what's messing me up?
Washer with fancy water saving ability?
Different water? Previously the water had lots of chlorine and other chemicals.

I place cloth in wetbag and wash at end of cycle. I've always done it this way and hadn't experienced issues. I see it recommended online to put them in a container to soak. That seems gross to me.

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Old 02-12-2018, 08:30 PM   #2
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Re: Stinky, Stained MamaCloth

Maybe try stripping them like you would diapers? I wonder if you're getting mineral buildup which is holding onto stink?
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:54 PM   #3
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Re: Stinky, Stained MamaCloth

Maybe they can't sit as long. Your environment changed as well.. maybe a different humidity. If softer water maybe less detergent or more rinsing or different detergent... I would agree to striping first before making a change so you know if it the right change.
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I'd strip and see if that resolves anything. Has there been a detergent change by you or in the formulation?
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Re: Stinky, Stained MamaCloth

The washer with water "saving" ability is the culprit. Same things happened to me with cloth diapers. Got my old washer back, problem solved.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:56 PM   #6
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The washer with water "saving" ability is the culprit. Same things happened to me with cloth diapers. Got my old washer back, problem solved.
I'm going to have to lug my washer with me when I move.

Is there no work around?

For example, I just learned that the short cycle on most newer dishwashers use more water than a regular cycle.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:28 PM   #7
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Re: Stinky, Stained MamaCloth

When I moved we kept the same water-saving washer, but the difference in water (both are wells, 5 miles apart) made cloth diaper washing a nightmare.

Chlorine can compensate for many washing inadequacies, it's possible the sudden lack of it has just exposed some trouble with the routine.

I don't soak mama cloth or at least not for long, but I do rinse it right away, just under the bath tub faucet. The rinse takes it right out so that it looks clean. If it had been sitting say in a wet bag from being out during the day, it might take a soak for an hour or something--I just put it in a little flat bucket behind the shower curtain. Then I squeeze it as well as I can and throw it in with the regular laundry because at that point it really is clean and the laundry gets done daily rather than waiting up to a week.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:21 PM   #8
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I'm going to have to lug my washer with me when I move.

Is there no work around?

For example, I just learned that the short cycle on most newer dishwashers use more water than a regular cycle.


Well I will certainly be trying the short cycle on my dishwasher!!! Sometimes my dishes stink after being washed.

I'm sure there is a work around but I don't know what it is.
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I would douse the mama cloth in a super hot wash or two or three with heavy bleach. If that doesn't work, sounds like they need to be tossed and start from scratch.
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Well I will certainly be trying the short cycle on my dishwasher!!! Sometimes my dishes stink after being washed.

I'm sure there is a work around but I don't know what it is.
I found it out when researching about my stinky washer.





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I would douse the mama cloth in a super hot wash or two or three with heavy bleach. If that doesn't work, sounds like they need to be tossed and start from scratch.
Bleach! Why I hadn't thought of this before I don't know.

Does anyone know if GEM cloth is still in business?
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