I add everything to the cold pre-rinse. That way, there's enough detergent left when I do the hot wash to really get the diapers clean, but not so much that I have to do an extra rinse. So my routine is:
cold pre-rinse with detergent and sometimes a little vinegar, hot wash with nothing, cold rinse with nothing
I use to do cold, hot, cold, cold so this way has eliminated an entire cycle from my routine.
Also, I rinse the poopies so the diapers aren't washing in poop water.
I have a FL and I do a pre-wash (my washer only does this on cold), followed by a hot (or sanitary) wash/cold rinse. I add soap to the pre-wash ONLY. This is what was recommended to me by the mom who makes my diapers.
My FL has a temperature control that ensures the cold water is the proper temp to dissolve detergent (I think that is 65 fahrenheit?). What it does is heat the water as it's filling so that it is still cold, but not too cold to do its job. Excellent for winter time when the water coming out of the cold water tap is icy cold!
I have a FL and I do a pre-wash (my washer only does this on cold), followed by a hot (or sanitary) wash/cold rinse. I add soap to the pre-wash ONLY.
Yep, I add detergent only to the pre-wash, then run sanitary cycle with calgon water softener (we have super hard water), then extra rinse. My dipes are MUCH softer with this routine than when I added the detergent to the sanitary cycle.
I always rinse or do a cold/cold wash on my diapers, but I don't put anything in there. This is just for getting the majority of the pee out. I rinse the poopy diapers with a minishower and sometimes even run them through a rinse cycle after that before putting them in the pail. I add my detergent to the hot wash because I think it works better in hot water. You get more bang for your buck so to speak.
1. cold soak for about an hour with a bit of baking soda and a few drops of TTO
2. cold pre-wash
3. HOT wash with 1/2 oz. bio-kleen laundry detergent
4. when it's done rinsing i go ahead and give it a second rinse