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Old 07-29-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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I have a front loader with a bleach compartment, so when I want to use it I just fill it up and hit Start on my cycle.

SIL is asking how/when to use bleach in her top loader, and I wasn't sure...what do you all do that is effective? She is washing prefolds with a baby who is EBF.

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I add the bleach to the washer after it has filled up and agitated some. But that is because I use pockets with prints. If it's just prefolds she can just add it to the load while it's filling.
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:19 PM   #3
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I add the bleach to the washer after it has filled up and agitated some. But that is because I use pockets with prints. If it's just prefolds she can just add it to the load while it's filling.
So the bleach should be added before, during, or after the detergent?
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Re: how to use bleach in a traditional top loader with cloth diapers

I added bleach for the first time last night- I mixed 1/4 cup bleach in with 4 cups of water and added it right as the washer finished filling for the hot wash.

I do:
Cold prewash (prewash cycle)
add soap
Hot wash (prewash cycle)- add bleach when it very first starts agitating
Warm rinse (prewash cycle)- still sudsy 9 times out of 10
Then I finally turn it to the "wash" cycle to do a warm rinse & cold rinse
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So the bleach should be added before, during, or after the detergent?
I do during the wash cycle with detergent.
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Re: how to use bleach in a traditional top loader with cloth diapers

my top loader has a bleach compartment, or you can just pour it directly into the running water. You just don't want it touching anything undiluted.
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Re: how to use bleach in a traditional top loader with cloth diapers

Does she have a bleach dispenser? Mine does so I add it in there as the water is filling up. I start the water, throw in the detergent, add bleach to the dispenser and that's it.
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Re: how to use bleach in a traditional top loader with cloth diapers

I dilute it in a quart of water and add it when the washer starts agitating.
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Thank you, I will ask her about her washing machine.
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Does she have a bleach dispenser? Mine does so I add it in there as the water is filling up. I start the water, throw in the detergent, add bleach to the dispenser and that's it.
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