Oh, I am dealing with this insanity as well.
I never had a problem in our top loader using 7th generation free and clear powder. NO PROBLEMS for a year.
We moved, and now I have a fancy front loader, adn I was using All free and clear. Just a tiny bit. Sure I read somewhere to use that. (We use fuzzi bunz).
NOW I find out that was not a good detergent to use. We have HORRIBLE problems with both stink and leaking. SO I tried stripping them- I must have washed them seven times in a row on super hot using the "water plus" feature. Never saw any suds.
Still have the problem.
I am going to maybe try RLR which I have some of. I refuse to use Allen's Naturally detergent since it has a harmful chemical in it. (well, all detergents are "chemicals", but Allens' has one that is particularly bad. I'm surprised so many people use it thinking it's safer than other brands.) I'd love to keep using my 7th generation, but am not sure what to do at this point. I'm trying to do more research on this but keep coming up with conflicting reports on what to do other than wash in plain hot water to strip.
I might try some vinegar, and if that doesn't work, I shall try a bit of bleach (but I'd rather not use that). I've run them on the *sanitary* cycle of the washer and still have the problem, so I'm pretty confident that it is NOT bacteria, but is buildup/residue. And bleach will not help with that, but maybe vinegar will. I'm scared of using Dawn in the front loader. Any ideas?
Maybe I should try the crazy dishwasher idea. I've never heard of that until this thread! I"ll keep reading this and looking around for suggestions.