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Old 07-03-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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Question Ammonia Help - Soft Water

Help! I've got a major ammonia problem and I need some advice on what to try next. I'm mostly using pocket diapers, microfiber inserts. I have a top loader machine. I do a pre-wash in cold, wash in hot and double rinse in warm (my washer won't do a hot rinse). I've been using Rockin' Green and their Funk Rock, but it never seemed to get them clean enough, even using extra (which is too expensive to do for long). I've used my own homemade detergent, oxy clean, Arm & Hammer, currently I'm trying Dreft, but it's not working either. They smell okay until he pees, then the ammonia gets activated.

Anyone have any suggestions? He can't tolerate even the natural disposables for more than a day or two before he starts turning red (besides, I just love cloth diapers), so I've got to figure something out. Thanks!

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Old 07-03-2012, 02:00 AM   #2
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Have you tried tide original? We use that and never have a problem.

Or stripping? I had to strip mine once and it took a while but worked.
Fill tub with as hottest of water you can get from faucet until your diapers are completed covered with water in the tub. Put 1/4 of Dawn dish soap, I used the concentrate. Let the diapers and inserts soak until the diapers are cooled off enough to handle by hand. Use gloves as I didn't at first and my fingers hurt. Scrub your diapers by taking one side of fabric and rub it against other side of fabric. Or you can use a scrubbing brush. Then after the diapers and inserts are all scrubbed, throw them in the wash and keep rinsing them until all the suds are out. I checked while it was spinning, and if the bubbles stay and don't pop, keep rinsing.

I was washing with too many diapers. Only wash 10-15 diapers at a time and would wash every other day and 2 days max. Since I've stripped and do this routine I have not had ammonia issues.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:56 AM   #3
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Re: Ammonia Help - Soft Water

I would try some bleach(1/4 cup) and definitely don't use the RnG again. What do you use on your clothes and does it get them clean? I would use that, more of it than you were using and some bleach.
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Forgot to add, I did use bleach too and it took the stink right out
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:09 PM   #5
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Re: Ammonia Help - Soft Water

I have soft water too. I use tide free and gentle up to line 1. One cold rinse, 2 hot washes, the first w/ detergent, the second w/o. I have used bleach a time or two and that did the trick, but I find using Tide has kept the ammonia at bay.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:31 PM   #6
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Re: Ammonia Help - Soft Water

I have soft water too and had a terrible ammonia problem for a while. I tried all different detergents. I did a vinegar soak then went on to use vinegar in the pre wash and 1 tablespoonful arm & hammer in the hot wash.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:33 PM   #7
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Re: Ammonia Help - Soft Water

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...d.php?t=589277

Sorry didn't have enough post to link you to this
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:37 PM   #9
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Re: Ammonia Help - Soft Water

I agree with the PP try some bleach and switch to Tide.
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