I am having bad ammonia problems. The babe has a lot of burns on her skin from the ammonia and the diapers stink. I just moved and now I have a high efficiency machine. I used to use a top loader and now my diapers are stinky and burn the babe's skin. I have an old HE washing machine. So, all I have is the ability to change temp and cycle length. I don't have a soak or rinse option and I can't increase the amount of soil. I do have an extra rinse option, which I use. I have not found a good routine yet.
Right now I use country save detergant. I do two short cycles, one cold and one hot, both with detergant(about 1 TBSP). I tried to strip them with vinegar (I turned the hot water heater all the way up) and it worked but I don't want to do that all the time. I also tried adding more water manually to the wash and that hasn't helped. I tried oxiclean in the hot cycle, I used about 1/4 cup (plus and extra wash cycle). That didn't help too much. Plus I hear you're not supposed to use too much oxiclean with Country Save detergant.
I bought some Bac-Out. I don't have the spray bottle. I'm not quite sure how much to use or exactly how to use it. I may try 1/4 cup in the cold wash. Any suggestions??
The other thing I haven't tried is RLR.
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It can be too much detergent and/or bacteria. Good way to treat both is to boil them on the stove.
I use bleach when I have issues that multi rinsing doesn't fix
I would try a 10 min boil. This will show you if there is any detergent residue (soap bubbles) and/or kill any bacteria.
Then I would personally add bleach to every/every other load. Like 1Tbs in the short cold water wash and then a long hot water wash with detergent. Sun dry if you can.
I never had stink issues with a top loader, but find you have to keep on top of things in a front loader.
I know it might sound awful, but I would try Tide (just the regular kind, not the smelly one w/ oxy-bleach). It has an amazing ability to get the stink out. After using it with hot water, then run a cold water wash cycle without detergent, and then dry the diapers for like 3 times the normal amount of time to be sure everything in the interior of the diapers is totally dry. After that, I would be sure to wash every 2 days and not let the diapers sit longer than that before washing (you might already do that, but just trying to think of things that worked for us!)
You also might try googling "washing diapers _________" with your particular make and model of washer.
jamie. crinkly (not quite crunchy) mama to 3 amazing little girls, an awesome little boy, and a baby girl making her debut at the end of this summer.
I love my newer HE machine but have heard people having lots of issues with the older ones that didnt have as many options. I use Ecos, vinegar and baking soda, and hot water in every load and have no problems, ever! And my water doesnt even get that hot. When I used soapnuts is the only time i've ever had a problem! Anyway, with my newer HE I use the prewash button, the water plus (extra water) button, the heavy cycle, and hot water. It would be hard not having these options. I think my dipes would be ok witout the water plus button, but I love the prewash! In the prewash I just use vinegar (i pour it over the diapers right before I start the load) and baking soda in the prewash's detergent tray. People have told me vinegar can break down PUL but i've been using it over 2 years and never had a problem! A few diapers I bleached a few years ago are the only ones getting holes in them, but all my PUL is still fine!