Originally Posted by polihaupt
Are your diapers still soft and build-up free?
Yep! They're in great shape. Often when I sell my dipes, whoever bought it wants to know how I keep them looking brand new. I have many different kinds (as you can see from my fluff pix), primarily El Bees, though. But, I don't have any hemp, so I don't know how it would work with hemp. I also have microfibre terry inserts for the few pockets we own.
I do a cold rinse, then a hot was with 7th Generation followed by a cold rinse. Occasionally I'll do another cold rinse. Sometimes the microfibre starts to smell bad and I'll wash them separately about once a month with a bunch of hot washes and no detergents. But my OC fitteds don't need any special treatment other than the occasional sunning!
My philosophy is to keep things simple as possible. Fortunately, up to this point anyway, it's served me well! I've used Tide (free as well as regular), BioKleen, Cheer (free & regular), All free clear, some fancy schmancy Caldrea baby detergent, and never had any luck til I used 7th Generation. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I'm eczema-free! woohoo!
I must also mention that I can't use the powder version - only the liquid keeps my diapers looking and feeling good.