So I had another discussion with my reluctant husband about cloth diapering last night. One thing he brought up that I haven't heard talked about amongst cloth diaperers is the washing machine turning into a 'bacteria bath'. From everything I've read and talked about with others, I'm certain with the right detergent and wash cycle (cold rinse & spin, full wash on Hot/cold, extra cold rinse & spin) that the diapers and machine will be absolutely clean and free of pee & poop (and thus so will the family clothes).
If you cloth diaper and use your own washing machine to wash them, have you found that it's necessary to change filters or run an empty load with special detergent to clean out the washing machine? Has anyone else's husband mentioned using an ultraviolet light to illuminate the bacteria in the machine and our family clothes as proof??