Oh please help! I am so frustrated with these diapers!
We are using a combo of Sandy's and hemp diapers with fleece liners. We used them for a couple of months before getting the stink, but they were used for my oldest son before that. Our washing machine is a front loader with a lack of washing options - hot/cold, cold/cold, warm/warm. I normally start with a cold/cold prewash, then do a heavy load on hot/cold with an extra rinse. Since the stink started I've been adding a big wet towel to the machine to increase water. We use Allen's detergent, a small amount.
The smell has improved. I washed washed and washed without any detergent and it did improve, but it's still an issue. We can't increase our hot water temp because of a problem with the hot water heater. I don't want to use the dishwasher because I'm concerned about fibers in the filter, it's new, and I don't want to mess it up. I've tried washing with baking soda, vinegar and an oxygen cleaner. No improvement.
I don't like bleach, but I'm almost desperate enough to try it. My concern though is that my washing machine/hot water won't be good enough to get rid of it from the diapers! I mean that's why I have a residue to begin with, right?? I'm considering boiling a few diapers on the stove to see if that works and then if it does do them all that way. Any other suggestions?
The diapers also have old stains on them - any way to get rid of stains that have been heat dried in there and the sun won't touch?