So we have an HE washer. It's a TL Maytag .... Bravos X I think?? (I'm staying with the paternals right now so it's their washing machine.) It is HORRIBLE. It took me a while to figure out that I needed to run a clean cycle with that stuff... and the prefolds and covers have improved some, but my AIOs are NASTY!!!! I mean, when I used them with my son, we had a regular washer and I only had to strip 2-3 times a year. Now I'm running a rinse/heavy wash with extra rinse/normal wash with Dawn and extra rinse/sometimes a THIRD rinse. It only has an option for cold rinse (see? evil!!) so the first and last rinses (where I don't do the "second rinse" button) I have to start as running a regular cycle on hot, then once it's agitated for a few minutes I turn it off and on, and it will drain and spin. Ugh!!!!
And, even with ALL of this, they SSSSTTILLLLLL LEAK!!!!!! The prefolds and covers almost always still have a very slight "funk" to them when I pull them out (but I don't notice it once they dry). But my AIOs....horrible. Usually all it takes is one, maybe two, pees and it wicks. I even just redid the elastic on another one (that I washed a couple times before the old style washer broke) and she wore it once and did fine, I washed it with the rest of her diapers, and now it leaked when it still could have held another two pees!!! (Obviously I prefer to change her much earlier, but it's the fact that it went through ONE wash in there and now leaks, WTFFFFF!)
This is really, REALLY getting on my last nerve. I realize I need to do the self-clean thing more often, but ughhhh.
So, for those of you who have an evil HE washer like I do and a serious issue with constant bacteria buildup.... what do you do?? What's your routine wash cycle? Do you do a "special" wash cycle every so often to super-clean and prevent the need to strip? What products do you use? How often do you wash? (I have enough CDs to wash every 4-ish days probably, but I'm afraid I'll have to start washing every day.)
Also, anyone know how I can do the "self-clean" cycle with products that AREN'T butt expensive?? Can I do vinegar and baking soda or something? I'd be willing to run it once a week if it meant keeping it from getting nasty!
How much detergent do you use and what kind??? I'm going to look for some Country Save...right now I'm using Whole Foods (365) brand of their scent-free powder detergent but I've not seen it on any lists of "good vs bad" detergents...is there some list of specific ingredients to avoid that I can compare it to? I've always read the "less is more" with CDs, but I recently read that occasionally it's a matter of not using enough. Problem is, I can't get to a stupid starting point in order to even figure out if I need more or less!!!
P.S. (Sorry this is so long! lol) Yet another thing that makes me want to beat this washer with a bat Office Space-style is the fact that the poop bits do NOT get out of the washer so I am forced to scrape it off into the toilet now (I miss ebf *tear*)... I know nothing about liners (that is the correct term for them, yes?). I want some that are SUPER thin to make it easiest to just dump and swish. I just need to catch the pieces.
Edited by smeep - 3/8/12 at 10:21am