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Old 12-15-2012, 02:58 PM   #11
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Have you considered rinsing in the tub? My sis gave me all her BG's because she hated her front loader. It took 13 rinses in my top loader to get all the suds out. they were perfect after that. it may at least get you back to square 1.

I also vote flats. So easy to use and wash. Flour sack towels are $1 (or less) each.

And I also heard about the delicate setting adding the most water...

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:22 PM   #12
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Since I have such a small load I do a rinse with a short cold soak (figuring the most water) then I add an old bath towel so it uses more water and it seems to help. It doesn't sound like you are using very CD friendly detergent. I would recommend rockin green - or another detergent known to be very CD friendly and specifically made to deal with hard water. It might be a bit of an investment but just use it for the diaps and it should last a while - at least a yearish.

Sorry you are having such a hard time and that somene store your diapers... thats just odd.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:24 PM   #13
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Then, I would try Tide. I prefer liquid but most mamas on here like the powder.
In general with hard water liquid detergent is best.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:02 PM   #14
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Flats would be easiest to wash.

I've read to not combine vinegar and hard water, it makes ammonia worse?

Washing soda could help a lot, it helped us a lot when other things didn't. It specifically addresses the sort of materials involved in diaper stink.

And Country Save detergent has water softeners and builders and doesn't cost as much per load as Tide. I'm so aggravated with people being told to use Tide to fix stink; it's so expensive and can cause its own problems. It was a nightmare for us. Country Save did great in an he (and you get 160 loads from a box).
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #15
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Re: Should I just give up? :(

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Flats would be easiest to wash.

I've read to not combine vinegar and hard water, it makes ammonia worse?

Washing soda could help a lot, it helped us a lot when other things didn't. It specifically addresses the sort of materials involved in diaper stink.

And Country Save detergent has water softeners and builders and doesn't cost as much per load as Tide. I'm so aggravated with people being told to use Tide to fix stink; it's so expensive and can cause its own problems. It was a nightmare for us. Country Save did great in an he (and you get 160 loads from a box).

absolutely can! excellent point I should have made. but not always. and I don't have hard water but still don't think it works ( vinegar for me). that's one of those things you have to just try (if you feel like it)-- like just a couple in a bucket to see if it helps- or I use washing soda (but if you go to CS, that has a lot already so the pH is really high, so do in separate cycles). Works well for me but I never looked into why the alkaline/ alkaline worked. Maybe just removing detergent and not really effecting ammonia? Maybe someone else knows...

I did not have good luck with CS and had to finally switch after trying to make it work for a year. But its a good thing to try.

EDIT: was just thinking about this. I'd probably go with what TrennaII said on this. I bleach also (just did my yearly bleaching... in my case I think its a change in the water chemistry because it was a year ago I chose to also- but I could just be hopeful as we're smelling good (or nothing!) again with target pristine clean).

I'd also read on GMDs website. I always look to Karen when I need help.
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In general with hard water liquid detergent is best.
I have a whole house water softener so my water isn't hard. The powder always breaks DS out though.

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Old 12-16-2012, 11:50 AM   #17
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I want to thank every one of you for your replies - wish me luck! I want to fix these diapers, today!
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:56 PM   #18
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Re: Should I just give up? :(

I am in the same boat! Darn FL!
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:21 PM   #19
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We have a front loader and use Charlie's. We have since my lo was born 5 months ago. We never have had problems but our washer has great agitation. We do a cold rinse and high spin then a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with an extra rinse. High spin again.

Sorry your having problems mama. What brand front loader do you have?
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:43 PM   #20
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Re: Should I just give up? :(

I had the same issue when I moved and ended up with a front loader. I tried everything. In the end, all that worked was switching to flats because they don't need as much water due to lack of layering. They have however worked beautifully. You could padfold or shove them in pockets if you don't like folding.
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