I CD'd my older 3 children for over 6 years successfully. We never had an issue. In our front loader, super efficient washer I would use do a cold rinse, a hot wash with about a tablespoon of something like arm & hammer free and clear, and then an extra rinse... often with vinegar. We have very hard water.
This worked fabulously until my youngest was about maybe 15 16 or 18 months old. Then she started in with ammonia burns. Everything I read at the time blamed it on detergent build up. So we stripped and stripped and stripped and stripped. We used rocking green detergent. We soaked and stripped. We washed over and over and over. We stripped the washing machine.
None of it helped. SO I replaced a whole batch of prefolds. The problem returned in a week or two.
It was SO frustrating. After 6 years of CDing and no issues I was defeated. We started using disposables at least part time at night to keep the burns at bay.
Then she potty trained.
Now here I am, 2 and half years later with number 4. I want to pull that stash out and get them ready as I'm nearly full term.
So... I hopping around the web and chatting it up in FB groups. I'm told my tablespoon of detergent was far too little. I'm told detergent build up is a myth. I'm told I have BLEACH my diapers... ugh I thought bleach would make them LEAK!
Help me! I feel like everything I once knew is all wrong!