Hi! We have been CDing for about 3 weeks, we love it!
I'm gonna start backwards here with the washing. This is what was suggested to us by a mama here - Always wash on the longest cycle your machine has. Hot wash, cold rinse. Put the dipes in and run them through one rinse cycle - this gets out any poop that didn't shake or fall off into the toilet (I'll address this again in a minute) and rinses away most of the pee pee give your dipes a better chance of getting really clean and fresh
smelling! If you have a friend or family member that can let you put up a line or one of thosw sweater drying racks (you can get them cheap at Wal-Mart) from time to time, do this to sun out any poop stains that you might have. These stains will still sun out even after many wash and drys. Don't use a fabric softener, this can cause your dipes to repel!
As for rinsing the dipes after poops, I too just shake it off. No dilpping or spray rinsing for me. I try to make sure that there is always a fleece topped liner or a piece of fleece is always next to my bebe's bum. Mainly this will keep him dry but too the poop rolls off really easily!
Detergent - gotta be careful here! You only use a quarter cup for a load. Detergent can become the enemy
: it can build up and cause the dipes to stink no matter how much you wash. I used Gain for about a week and did waht is called a strip wash - you run the dipes through w/out dtergent and if you see bubbles in the water, that is the detergent build up that causes your dipes to stink, you keep doing this until the bubbles go away - I saw a few bubbles and it took a couple of cycles to make them go away. I have been using Bio-Kleen w/ GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract - this'll get rid of everything!) and just for extra security and that fresh smell I put 4 to 6 drops of TTO (Tea Tree Oil) mixed w/ about a cup of water in the rinse spout. This has worked well for me I tried the srtip wash, just out of curiosity, after two weeks and NO BUBBLES. You really shouldn't need to do a strip was but about once a month for maintenance.
I haven't really addressed the diapers themselves, that you will find to be a personal preference.
I really hope that I have helped and not confused you too much!