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I just got a front loader, before we had a top loader. Do you have any tips for washing diapers in a front loader?<br><br>
I'm running my first load and there doesn't seem to be any water in there. Just damp diapers flopping around. Will this get them clean?<br><br>
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HA! You sound just like I did when we first got ours! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I was wondering where all the water was too hehe. I take it yours is a HE (high efficiency) too. All our diapers come out SO MUCH CLEANER somehow than with our old top loader and the dry time is reduced because it does such a great spinning job. I put the teeniest bit of detergent in. I use powdered Country Save and put <i>maybe</i> a tablespoon TOPS for a large load. A smaller load I'll put about a teaspoon or less. I also always hit the button for rinse plus. Watch the end of your rinse cycle to be sure there aren't any suds remaining to help guide how much detergent to use with your water and washer.<br><br>
HTH! Congrats on the new washer!<br><br>
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Um.. i put them in, and turn it on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I have an asko, and run it on presoak with a long wash, with extra rinse. I have no idea if there is a lot of water, cause I never look ... but they are always super clean and smell great <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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i've got an HE too and i pre soak with extra rinse the dirty diapers first , then run another presoak with the wets added with the extra rinse again and then a real load on hot/cold with a tiny (Tbl spoon) of detergent... never had a problem.<br><br>
Sometimes i add vinegar to the rinse to *freshen* them
 

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We have a HE FL too and I do a prewash, then a hot regular wash cycle, and an extra rinse. The key is get as much water as possible moving through the diapers, which means multiple cycles. I use Charlie's soap--have had problems with buildup with other brands in the FL-- and use less than the recommended 1 tbsp per load--about a half tsbp. I also use vinegar and/or Calgon water softener when diapers need to be stripped. HTH!!!
 

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Get this - when I first got our HE front loader (it's an LG), I called the repairman cuz I was wondering where the water was! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I think i must have pretty hard water because I need 3 scoops of Charlie's soap powder or I get stink (just realized this yesterday). I do a prewash, hot wash, and an extra rinse. I think I need to add something, though, maybe a presoak - because I think Eben'sMama hit the nail on the head...multiple cycles to maximize the amount of water helps, at least some of the time. Fortunately this seems to be only the case for dipes; all other laundry is fine with 1 cycle. Otherwise, what would be the point of an HE washer?!?
 

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I have an LG and I do a prewash, a hot wash with a heavy soil level and a high spin speed, and an extra rinse. I use All Small and Mighty.
 

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I have tried a few different detergents, but I'm now using the Arm & Hammer Sensitive liquid (teeny bit, like 3/4 Tbs) and I fill the softener section with vinegar. I do a cold short wash first and then a sanitizing (means it heats the water before adding it) wash. I was doing an extra rinse, but found I don't need it. Sometimes I do a smaller load (I'm usually doing 10-12 diapers, plus inserts, liners and laundry bag) and I have to do the extra rinse because I forget to decrease the detergent <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
It took me about a month of washing to get a routine that I liked, but it has been great since then. My fear was detergent amount - too much and I'd get stink from residue, too little and I'd get stink from, well, not getting clean diapers!
 

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I put in poopy diapers first for a rinse and spin, then add the pee diapers. I usually do a cold prewash followed by a hot wash and extra rinse. Of course this takes a total of three hours to do with my LG (argh, thats annoying!) so sometimes I skip the prewash but that only saves me 20 minutes. I use half the recommended detergent amount and my diapers come out nice with no problems. The only time I had an issue with rash was when I added too much additives to the wash (liquid oxyclean in prewash, detergent and calgon in wash, vinegar in rinse). Keeping it simple with just a little detergent works better for me.<br><br>
It is surprising that things get so clean in a FL, as it does look like there are just damp dipes flopping around in there!
 

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Yes. Much cleaner. And less water= more eco friendly.
 

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Oh--I forgot to add that our FL has a delay timer, so I usually set it to wash the dipes in the middle of the night so we don't have to hear them going, and when electricity is less expensive. Also, here in CA, it's considered more eco-friendly to use water at night than during the day, when demand is high, especially in the summer. If your machine has this option, setting them to wash in the middle of the night might work well for those of you with the 3-hour diaper washing routines. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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