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Old 01-06-2013, 03:08 AM   #1
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When to wave the flag of surrender

I have been CDing for about three months now and still have yet to find a detergent that works and we can't kick the ammonia smell! I have had to strip my diapers every two weeks and it keeps coming back! Now ds has an ammonia burn on his bum When do I just throw in the towel and switch to sposies?

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Old 01-06-2013, 03:15 AM   #2
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DONT GIVE UP!!!! so many mamas are so informed, and can help here... i am not the BEST but first off what most are guna wana know.... what kind of detergent? how often do u wash? wash routine? which detergents have u tried? soft or hard water????
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Bleach and tide!

Over 8 years of diapering I tried all the "natural" stuff. It doesn't work! Want clean, fresh smelling diapers? Bleach and tide will do it!
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:33 AM   #4
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I use all free and clear and white vinegar. It has always gotten our diapers nice and clean and we have hard water as well.
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Re: When to wave the flag of surrender

I use tide and sometimes some bleach, I have an he toploader, if you have an he machine try using the sheets or towel setting you get a good amount of water and get some dryer balls to throw in with the wash, helps get the diapers clean if your machine doesnt have an agitator. This has been helping me.
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I have hard water and have been battling a little ammonia myself but I think I finally figured out a good wash routine for us. I rinse on warm with vinegar, then wash on hot with detergent and sometimes bleach, then I rinse on warm or cold. Everything is coming out awesome! I gave up on "cloth diaper safe" detergents a long time ago. I use a generic free and clear. I hope this is helpful.
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I also have very hard water. I tried many, many detergents and ended up with Biokleen Premium Laundry Powder, which I order from www.drugstore.com. It's the only stuff that I use that has prevented on-going issues with stink, rashes, build-up, etc.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:20 AM   #8
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Try a wet pail along with A good commercial detergent. We couldn't kick ammonia with my daughter until we started rinsing every dipe in the toilet and dropping them sopping wet into a bucket.
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Are you using microfiber? You might try ditching that as well.
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I second the tide and bleach! I've tried so many natural and cd friendly detergents and had problem after problem! Then I tried my homemade detergent (that is supposedly a no no) and it was fine but Tide is even better. I gave up this week and switched back to Tide for Dipes!
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