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Old 09-02-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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Detergent amount?

We have been CDing our toddler for a little over a month now, and loving it. We use Tide Ultra powder, and so far all has been great. However, I've been noticing the past week or so that I can smell my LO when he pees...never noticed that before. It's not really an ammonia smell, can't describe it very well, just a funny odor. And it's not just when he's had it on for awhile. When I get them out of the dryer, everything smells great...no bad smell at all until per time. My main question is...how much detergent??? I have read so much conflicting info on this that I'm lost! Some say use half the amount of normal laundry, others say use plenty or they won't get clean. Help!? I've been using about halfway up to the 1st line on large load setting. We have an old school TL and i'd say average water, not particularly hard or soft. Or does the amount of detergent I'm using even have anything to do with the smell??

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Old 09-02-2012, 03:18 PM   #2
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I'd say to use at least to the 1 line-- especially for toddler pee. I frequently used to the 2 line for a big load. Just make sure you're doing an extra rinse to get all the detergent out. I've actually started doing just another light wash cycle without detergent to make sure they get rinsed enough.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:15 PM   #3
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Re: Detergent amount?

I have hard water and use tide ultra..
full load of diaper (which here is a dozen AIOS and at least equal amount of wipes sometimes a wet bag)
tide to about the one line as in I dont totally measure but its about there on large load I also add aboit 1/2 a cap of sports wash I find in our hard water this really helps to get things rinsed out super well I wash on hot heavy duty cycle
I also run a second cycle to fully rinse
every so often I skip the sports wash and use bleach instead.

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Re: Detergent amount?

I use Tide up to the 2 line. If I use any less, I think the diapers smell like the penguins at the zoo Seriously, it's the only thing that I can find to describe it
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:08 PM   #5
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I use Tide up to the 2 line. If I use any less, I think the diapers smell like the penguins at the zoo Seriously, it's the only thing that I can find to describe it
That's hilarious! Makes me want to go to the zoo and see if that's what ours smell like that I couldn't quite put into words! Lol. Do u have to do extra rinse cycles/how many?
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I have hard water and use tide ultra..
full load of diaper (which here is a dozen AIOS and at least equal amount of wipes sometimes a wet bag)
tide to about the one line as in I dont totally measure but its about there on large load I also add aboit 1/2 a cap of sports wash I find in our hard water this really helps to get things rinsed out super well I wash on hot heavy duty cycle
I also run a second cycle to fully rinse
every so often I skip the sports wash and use bleach instead.

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Not using the tide pods anymore? Is ultra tide working as well for you as the pods? Never would have thought to add some sports wash. I have used a full cap of sports wash to strip. Super easy and effective.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:37 AM   #7
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Re: Detergent amount?

With a top loader you can get away with using more detergent because you have plenty of water. I say use to the 1 line. Rinse as usual (no need for extra rinses unless you notice an issue).
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Re: Detergent amount?

That funky barnyard smell is usually the result of minerals from your water redepositing back on to your diapers. Over time, they will clog your fibers and prevent them from getting clean. You might be ready for a good strip. I had problems with Tide, but switched to Eco Sprout and have not had any problems since.
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Not using the tide pods anymore? Is ultra tide working as well for you as the pods? Never would have thought to add some sports wash. I have used a full cap of sports wash to strip. Super easy and effective.
Not currently but mostly because the tide powder was on sale. The powder however is working great so no complaints. I kinda stumbled upon the sports wash trick. LOVE it though I still get the benifits of tide cleaning power but the scents and suds get really rinsed out well.

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I would use up to the 2 line and then do 1 or 2 rinse cycles after the normal wash cycle and see if that helps. :-)
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