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Old 12-16-2012, 09:32 PM   #21
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Re: Should I just give up? :(

Have you tried adding extra water into your front loader through the detergent drawer? This is what I do and I don't get any error signals, and the washer doesn't shut off and autodrain or anything like that. I do a warm prewash followed by the heavyduty cycle with Tide Free & Clear Liquid to the 1 line, and 1/8 cup bleach, then an extra rinse. I have hard water so at least once a week, I add 1 Tbsp of RocknGreen Funk Rock to the prewash.

I wait for the prewash to be done rinsing and then I shut it off manually to prevent it from spinning out water (makes it a heavier load for the sensors). Then, once the washer has put its miniscule amount of water in (8 min after start of cycle) I add 16L of hot water through the detergent tray drawer. I fill a bucket off the bottom of my hot water tank which is right there and then pour it into the washer.

It's a total PITA to run downstairs and add more water 8 min after the cycle starts, but my dipes are markedly cleaner because they have more water to agitate around in and they move around more and scrub around more.

You'd have to try it and see if yours gives you an error signal, though.

ps. That sucks about someone stealing your diapers


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Old 12-16-2012, 09:38 PM   #22
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We have hard water too. Tide pods have been the only thing that leaves my diapers clean without bleaching them every time. The powder tide left them stinky even if I put in a full scoop.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:16 AM   #23
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Re: Should I just give up? :(

Yeah, I couldn't believe someone would just take diapers like that! I can't understand - I've been in some pretty desperate situations, believe me, but I'd never just steal a baby's diapers like that!! I'm more heartbroken than anything, though. All of those diapers were customs, and I was planning on saving them for the baby we are planning to have within the next year (hopefully).

To the mama who asked - the washer is a Maytag 2000 with ecoconserve technology. It's brand new and works well, just not for diapers.

I'll try every suggestion you guys have made because I don't want to lose any more diapers, to anything! This is so frustrating, though. I have a newfound sympathy for those of you who have battled ammonia before me!
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:27 AM   #24
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I got awful ammonia when we moved to Hawaii. I had to use oxiclean + vinegar to break up the ammonia salts to fully get the diapers clean. It was like a hard reset so I could work with my new wash routine. I used my camp washer that I had for the hand washing flats challenge to soak and agitate the diapers in the oxiclean vinegar and super got water for several hours, then washed normally and the funk was gone.

Is your detergent you are using on your clothes working well in your water? I've found my water here to be awful so when tide worked on my husbands boat clothes it became my only detergent and works like a charm. If you have something working for your clothes try that for your diapers to see how it works.

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