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Old 02-02-2013, 01:51 PM   #11
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Why would it need to be neutralized though? If it's rinsed out then what's the issue? I'm curious as I have never needed to do this in several years. If you feel you need the vinegar fine but she's using it even when not using the bleach. Then what is the oxy for? If you still need bleach and vinegar then why use the oxy at all?

If you use bleach, you need vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar neutralizes the bleach. Esp since the op has rash issues, she should def use vinegar when she uses bleach.
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Sorry, I should have clarified. When I use the bleach once a month, do not use oxy that time.

I am really just wondering if anyone else needs to use bleach so often. Is it because I am using Tide *liquid*?

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Old 02-02-2013, 01:56 PM   #12
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Re: Is my wash routine overkill?

Sorry, I should have clarified. When I use the bleach once a month, do not use oxy that time.

I am really just wondering if anyone else needs to use bleach so often. Is it because I am using Tide *liquid*?[/QUOTE]

I do bleach about once a month but only once they are on solids and I think lots of mamas do as well so you're good there. I was just wondering why the other stuff. I would drop the oxy all together. If you still need to bleach then I don't think it's helping and in the long run all of that will probably not be good for the diapers.
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I don't find that I need to use bleach. I've actually used bleach 1-2 times in 2 years in my regular wash routine. I've been using the same routine/detergent for 2 years and had no issues. Tide powder is great. I would try switching to that.

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Re: Is my wash routine overkill?

i line dry. i put soap in perewash then regular wash in hot water. rinse....
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I think it's fine. Mine is similar.
Warm prewash
Hot wash with Tide
Built in rinse plus extra rinse
Dry everything on hot
I do the same, except I start with a warm soak.
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We do a cold rinse, hot wash with Country Save, second rinse with vinegar. No bleach or oxiclean ever needed, but noboone dy needs me to do another Country Save v. Tide rant, lol.

I wouldn't do oxiclean and vinegar together, they react with each other so much, they sorta use each other up and the diapers don't benefit.

And if you put vinegar in with bleach, the bleach won't work. It has to be alkaline to function.

Maybe try...
Prerinse with vinegar, baking soda, or a tablespoon of washing soda. Or better yet, nothing.
Wash with Tide and oxiclean only.
Rinse with vinegar (this will help remove the Tide, so you shouldn't need another cycle).

Monthly bleach in small amounts should be fine.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:59 PM   #17
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Thank you all so much! I switched to Tide Ultra powder. My new and improved much shorter routine:


Prewash with just hot water
Hot long wash with Tide Ultra Powder to the second line
Pre wash with vinegar
Extra rinse

No more staying up late to do diaper laundry!
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To me that's a lot. Why oxy, vinegar and bleach? Something is not working if you have to use all of them. Have you tried just using more detergent and skipping the oxy and vinegar? Why another wash? For me that would be very aggravating since I am too busy to be fussing with all that. I have lots of other laundry so I can't have the washer tied up like that. I do short prewash or rinse then hot wash with Tide Free powder and occasionally bleach, cold rinse.
This is my only thought as well. The steps are more than I do too, but I am blessed with a washer that has an extra rinse feature so I don't have to run full cycles.

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Re: Is my wash routine overkill?

if you use oxyclean (oxy bleach) every time I'm really surprised you need bleach, I'd wonder if the tide is really working.

I have a

warm prerinse (FL so I use a short soak for the most water)
Hot/Long with detergent
Cold Rinse

OR sometime

warm prerinse with oxygen bleach (i use biokleen brand)
Hot/Long with detergent
Warm Rinse
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cold rinse/spin
hot/cold "super wash" + extra rinse (normal detergent + bleach)
dry all on hot

When I had a clothesline and was hanging everything outside I never needed bleach, but I use it every wash (or nearly) now.
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