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Old 04-19-2007, 09:13 AM   #1
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Front Loader Mamas: Washing methods wanted!!

I tried searching the boards but maybe I'm doing it wrong because it's no yielding very good responses.

We have front loader duet washer and dryer and I didn't know exactly what to buy to wash so I just got a bit of everything:

dawn ultra
baking soda
vinegar
dr. bronners
tto

ALSO, we have hard water:*(

1)So, my question, FL users: what is your washing method.

2)Can I use anything listed above to make a method that works for my washer? I.E how can I use baking soda and vinegar if I can't use a downey ball for the vinegar.

THANKS SO MUCH IN ADVANCE!!

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Old 04-19-2007, 09:16 AM   #2
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COLD rinse/spin
1 oz of mountain green detergent on a hot wash/cold rinse, extra rinse cycle(the longest cycle available)
Another warm rinse

That's it. We don't have any stink issues, buildup, etc..

You can put the vinegar in the fabric softener cup on a front loading machine.
You might want to check but i think that baking soda and/or vinegar can do more harm with hard water. i forget but i know i have read that somewhere. We have super hard water here as well.Also be careful with dawn in a front loader. HE detergents are different in many ways. They are designed to clean and rinse out in low water. They are low sudsing too.
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Old 04-19-2007, 10:10 AM   #3
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Hello, I too have a he front loader.
Here is what I do:

Cold/cold cycle with baking soda
Hot/cold cycle with tide free (he) just a little bit
Cold/cold cycle with vinegar, I pour it in like the tide
Cold/cold cycle just plain water

I have never had any problems so far.
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I alternate between Sun free and Clear and country Save.
I do a cold prewash, a hot wash and extra rinse every time.
For free an dclear:
1) put detergent in dispenser during main hot wash.
2) if I add TTO I put it in a little pouring cup w/ some water and dump that into the dispenser. I'd do that for vinegar too.

Country Save Powder:
1) dump powder and a small amount of Oxobrite right onto the diapers before I start my hot wash. I could dilute it in water and put it in the dispenser, but I don't.
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Old 04-19-2007, 10:16 AM   #5
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Re: Front Loader Mamas: Washing methods wanted!!

Here's our routine:
1) cold wash with Charlie's soap
2) hot wash + extra rinse

I personally wouldn't recommend any of the products you have on hand for washing in a FL--get a good HE-compatible detergent. Also, I've heard it's good to put the soap in the first wash (if you do two washes) rather than the second to help make sure it all gets completely rinsed out.

Here's a link to detergent choices:
http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.co...entchoices.htm

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Old 04-19-2007, 10:20 AM   #6
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We have the Whirlpool Duet (the same as you I think). Here is what I do~
1~Rise/spin on cold with a spidge of Arm and Hammer F&C, less than a teaspoon.
2~Heavy wash (just discovered here that that is a good thing to use for CD's) on hot a little less than halfway full in the dispenser, going by the full line, with an extra rinse.
3~Rise/spin on warm.

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oh good... I've been using the heavy duty on the diapers too!

Question though, why do some ppl use a warm rinse vs. a cold?

I'm going to be returning the baking soda and vinegar (bought the extra large package from costco) and I'm pretty sure they have an HE brand of tide Dh is so excited to see me so into doing laundry ha ha

Thanks!! We've been using our old detergent this whole time and I never knew I was supposed to use a special type for the new washers... whoops
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Re: Front Loader Mamas: Washing methods wanted!!

I have an LG front loading he washer and dryer.

I do a cold rinse/spin
Then a tiny squirt of dawn, fill the softner dispesner with vingegar, do a hot heavy duty wash, extra rinse cold.
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Re: Front Loader Mamas: Washing methods wanted!!

I could have written this too! We have a front loader and hard water. I've finally found a method that works for me (I think!):

*heavy wash cycle cold/cold with no detergent (and a bit of TTO every couple washes) and extra rinse, slow spin
*another heavy wash cycle cold/cold with no detergent and extra rinse, slow spin
*heavy wash cycle hot/cold with half of the recommended amount for HE washers (which is actually 1/4 of the recommended amount for a normal top-loader, because you should use half for using an HE washer and, I've heard, half that for cloth diapers) of Country Save detergent, with an extra rinse and fast spin

It seems like a lot but so far it's the only thing that works for me to get all that BF poo out. I may try some of the pp's recommendations, though. I hate to use so much water, and plus it takes FOREVER to do a load of diapers!

Let us know what you've chosen to try and how it works for you!!!
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Re: Front Loader Mamas: Washing methods wanted!!

okay, let me start by saying i've been stripping my diapers since Saturday.

I was starting to have smell issues in my dipes(first time in over 1.5 yr) so I added more soap, that didn't help, tried dawn, that didn't help so I started checking into it closer

I have the maytag neptune, it was taking too long for hot water to get thru the pipes so my hot wash was actually cold, therefore not killing anything, and I never saw any bubbles. Duh, should have checked sooner

Now I think I've got a routine:
cold soak (in rubbermaid tub in bathtub-I don't have a soak option and didn't think the rinse option was cutting it)
-spin out water from soaking
-hot wash with extra rinse
using 1/2 tbsp tide he ,couple drops tto, 1/4 c vinegar, fill rest of way with water in softener compartment
-hot wash

this seems to be working so far, we have medium water if that helps
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