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Old 10-20-2018, 01:05 PM   #11
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Powder Is supposed to be better with soft water not hard water! But how do you know there are minimal suds? I just moved and am using arming hammer but I have well water so i still have to test my water this is hard

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Old 10-22-2018, 09:14 AM   #12
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Powder Is supposed to be better with soft water not hard water! But how do you know there are minimal suds? I just moved and am using arming hammer but I have well water so i still have to test my water this is hard
When I get a new system or are trying a new detergent I use the following: Wash diapers how I plan to with detergent level I think is right, including the extra rinse. (usually I have a prerinse, wash w detergent, and one extra rinse). Then I will do one additional rinse with me watching it (preferably on warm). With a front loader I will park infront of the washer and watch through the window. With a top loader I will run for a few minutes then stop it and check -- don't walk away though cause you will forget to check it in time.

If there is soap bubbles (vrs agitation bubbles) in more excess that I'd like, I will reduce the amt of detergent. If I can't use enough detergent to get the diapers clean and have the detergent wash out with only one extra rinse than, I in my opinion its the wrong detergent for your diapers/water type/washer and you should try a different detergent. When I moved to NH and got my first front loader I tried 3 different detergents before I found the one that worked.

The one aside is that if you think there is any chance you have detergent build up from previous washes, I would recommend washing them and then running 1 or 2 full hot wash cycles w/out detergent to get out any excess. Use the diapers then use the method above when its time to clean.

I don't think washing should be hard but it is a bit of a process figuring out which detergent works for your situation/home setup. Also there are some diaper types that just don't work with some home setups (eg thick fitteds might not be best for extremely hard water -- not to say it isn't possible to get it to work but it might be more difficult).
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I have used tide free for a funky smell and it worked great.
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:44 PM   #14
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I have found smelly diapers are because I'm washing them in to much water (go figure!). The diapers need to really rub each other in order to get clean. I wash 18-24 diapers in my top loader using the lowest water setting with maybe a teaspoon of regular Tide and I just don't have icky smelling diapers anymore! Even the overnight diapers have no stench!

This website has totally saved my sanity...check it out! http://www.fluffloveuniversity.com/h...cloth-diapers/
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