I've always had a front loader so I have no idea how to get my diapers clean using a top loader! I've tried using the longest setting (14 mins) and the highest agitation, and the most amount of water, but my diapers are coming out with stains and starting to look beat up really fast! I know a lot of people love top loaders so I must be missing something! Can someone please give me some step-by-step instructions on how to do this?
How do I use a top loader?
I have a top loader and my diapers are clean and stain free
1_ prewash on cool wiht eaither nothing or 1 cup vinager
2) hot wash heavy duty cycle longest setting never timed it but I know its longer than 14 mintues.. with detergent to the lowest line (babyganics) and extra rinse option selected
3) warm wash nothign added for what ever reason if I skip this we start getting rashy though water seems clear before.
Top loaders are great for washing diapers because they use so much more water to wash and rinse than front loaders do. You should be having more success, not less! Hmmm...
A basic routine is:
1. Cold rinse/spin
2. Hot wash with detergent (1-2 Tbs)
3. Cold/rinse spin x2
Most wash cycles on top loaders are about 20-30 minutes long, so 14 sounds quite short to me- are you sure that's the longest setting? I personally don't recommend vinegar b/c it can cause stink issues when mixed with hard water- just something to consider. What detergent are you using? My favorites are Planet and Charlies.
What kind of detergent are you using? I found that 1-2 tbs was just not enough for my dipes and top loader. I use planet powder up to the full scoop for a reg load and scoop and 1/2 with a xl load. I also do hot wash/cold rinse 3x - first no detergent (but 2 caps bac out in rinse dispenser and 1 c vinegar before I throw in the dipes) 2nd time with full scoop of detergent 3rd time nothing. Hot instead of cold does better for stains IMO. HTH though it may just confuse things more! I use only natural fibers - prefolds, osocozy AIO's and prefitteds.
Thanks for all the helpful replies. I had no idea I had to put them through so many cycles! The agitator in the washing machine was really ripping up my diapers so I just ended up trashing them and buying new ones. So far so good with the new diapers, but we are going to replace the washing machine with a front loader ASAP before these new diapers get shredded.
Just to answer a few questions-
We haven't had any stink issues, so we haven't used vinegar.
We are using a full scoop of country save detergent.
14 mins really is the longest cycle on this machine (weird, I know) so we have changed our routine to cold rinse, hot wash, warm wash, cold rinse for a total of 45 min- hour. I can't wait to start using a front loader again so I don't have to keep restarting the washing machine! Ug!
You may have already gotten your answer since there are so many "stink" topics in CDing, but for what it's worth, I'll post my routine:
1- throw diapers in machine
2- add 1/8 c? (1/2 scoop) Country Save Detergent
3- settings: cold wash/cold rinse, heavy soil, extra water feature, extra long spin feature
4- sun dry diapers when possible
Don't forget to leave your washing machine door open to thoroughly air out between uses and you can always try 1/2 - 1 cup vinegar in the rinse cycle.