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Hi! I've just moved and lost my in-suite laundry

Our new place has shared coin-op, and I'm trying to keep costs down by only washing every three days (instead of every other day), and only doing one cycle- a hot wash (it has a pre-rinse included). I do a rinse in the toilet, though am seriously considering buying a minishower, since I hope it will help.

In the past I've used vinegar and a cold rinse if my dipes got a bit smelly, but I'm reluctant to pay for another cycle for the extra rinse. Could I just put vinegar in the "fabric softner" compartment of the coin-op front-loader? Or any other suggestions for keeping it simple and inexpensive.

I'm using mostly prefolds. We are drying them on the balcony while the weather stays nice, but will probably use the machine for at least some loads in the winter.

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I would think you could get away with doing one hot wash with putting vinegar in the FS slot to be released during the rinse cycle. You said that the hot wash includes a cold pre rinse...so that's one cold rinse, one hot wash and a cold rinse with vinegar...sounds like plenty to me...esp since you are using mainly prefolds which usually come clean easier than more bulky items. If you notice they aren't as clean as you would like, try decreasing your load size maybe. I would also make sure to rinse out your CD's as you use them. I always rinse my dipes and then throw them in my dry pail until I wash....I never get stains and my pail rarely smells bad either....I don't have a sprayer....I just rinse mine off in the bathtub....and if my son has a really bad poo that looks like it could stain, I run a tiny bit of cold water in my tub and soak it for a while. I do a cold rinse, hot wash and then an extra cold rinse....and all of my dipes smell great and clean (I use Charlie's Soap---powder)
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Thanks- I'll try that. I needed to figure out a way to get the vinegar in the machine, since it locks during the cycle, but I still have access through the fabric softener slot.

I have been using : Arm & Hammer detergent, but am switching to Charlie's.

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In case anyone else wants to try this... do not use the fabric softener slot, since it empties into the washer during the wash cycle only (not the rinse). The soap slot is open during the rinse cycle, so use it instead.

Yes, I kept peeking during the cycle to see what happened/opened when

The single hot wash with vinegar in the rinse cycle is working great for my prefolds. I have a couple of fitteds that seem a bit stinky with the shorter laundry routine and longer intervals between loads, so I'm still thinking about my "routine"....

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That's odd that it opens during the wash cycle. I know you are using a coin op, but mine at home empties during the rinse! Glad that it's working for your prefolds, hope you find a better routine though so it works for you fitteds.
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Hmmm, another FL user told me to put the vinegar in the fabric softener slot. That's where I've always put it.
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what about putting it in a downy ball in a fl ???
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I think that would work just fine, although if you aren't supposed to use the fabric softener slot wouldn't a downy ball be basically the same thing?
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she was saying for some reason her fs slot opened at the beg of the cycle and not the end
i am not sure ??
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In case anyone else wants to try this... do not use the fabric softener slot, since it empties into the washer during the wash cycle only (not the rinse). The soap slot is open during the rinse cycle, so use it instead.

Yes, I kept peeking during the cycle to see what happened/opened when

The single hot wash with vinegar in the rinse cycle is working great for my prefolds. I have a couple of fitteds that seem a bit stinky with the shorter laundry routine and longer intervals between loads, so I'm still thinking about my "routine"....
It probably depends on the machine, I've always put my vinegar in the fabric softener place. My instructions say that it opens during the rinse.

If your coin-op machines offer any options for extra rinses I'd put one in, just to keep build-up down.
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I always put it in the fabric softener slot of my fl too.
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: I don't usually have to do it though as i notice that my front loader gets the smell out way better than my old top loader did.
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I put vinegar in a Downey ball to be released in the rinse cycle. (I use a top-loader.) It would probably work just as well in the fabric softener dispenser in a front loader.

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I also use the fabric softener slot, with no adverse effects-or smells!
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what about putting it in a downy ball in a fl ???
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I think that would work just fine, although if you aren't supposed to use the fabric softener slot wouldn't a downy ball be basically the same thing?
DO NOT use a Downy Ball with a FL...the agitation with a FL is a LOT more intense and the Downy Ball is not meant to be used with a FL.
Vinegar in the fabric softener slot in a FL is ok!

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New to washing my own and have been looking to get rid of some of the extra pee smell. We have a front loader, too. How much vinegar do you use? We currently use bio-clean pre-wash bleach stuff in the pre-wash slot, detergent (ALL) in the soap, and nothing else. I do a cold pre-wash, hot wash, and extra ri8nse.

Any advice?
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