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I have had a stink problem for awhile now. I have a HE front loader (which I think is part of the problem). Someone else mentioned that doing a cold rinse leaves the diapers cold, which is true. Since the front loaders do not use that much water, following up with a hot wash actually makes for a warm wash, because the diapers are so cold. I totally agree with this. So I think I have a problem with my diapers not getting hot enough.<br><br>
So I have had a stink problem. I have tried stripping with lots of washes, extra soap with lots of rinses, no soap with lots of rinses, vinegar, and dawn. The stink is just getting worse. Now it has a **shudder** fishy smell to it. So, I think I either need to boil them or use bleach. So here are my questions...<br><br>
To boil them, do I use a regular pan? Is it okay to cook in afterwards (of course I will wash it first!)? How long do I boil?<br><br>
To bleach them, how much do I use? Do I use regular bleach or non-clorine? Do I use liquid or powder? Do I use soap with it? How many rinse should I do and what temp do I use?<br><br>
Thanks so much again for your help. If it wasnt for this board, I do not know what I would do!<br><br>
Dawn
 

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Can anyone tell me if 1/8 of a cup of bleach is too much for an HE front loader? I think that is a few tablespoons equivalent. Is it okay to use on my cotton inserts, hemp inserts, prefolds and BG 2.0's?? I guess if I am going to use them on anything with color, than color safe bleach is best, except I dont have any. Would I need to use bleach on my BG 2.0 covers (and fuzzibunz too) or should I only use it on the inserts (where the real stink is?)<br><br>
Thanks!<br><br>
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Do you have hard water? I do and vinegar makes it worse. I need to use a water softener every couple of loads at least or else the stink is disturbing. Calgon powder works best for me.<br><br>
Don't know about the bleach measurements.
 

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If I have really bad stink issues that won't go away, I use a couple capfuls of bleach in the wash. I'm not sure how to go about it with a front loader, though. What I do is fill the washer with water, add a couple capfuls of the bleach (regular chlorine bleach), let it agitate for a bit, then add the diapers. This way the bleach is really diluated. It's enought to kill any bacteria that's in the dipes causing the smell, but not enough to do damage to the dipes. Even color dipes will be okay with this small amount.
 

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Thanks!<br><br>
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I would try it on just the inserts, and if that doesn't work, try it on the covers too.
 

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Well, I washed it all this afternoon. The last load is in the dryer. I even washed the prefolds he grew out of (I would like to pass them on to a friend). I really think it helped. I dont have a stink anymore, but the true test is in the morning when I take that dipe off my baby. I washed covers and all in two tablespoons of bleach per load. Everything looked better and smelled better, so let's hope we are done with the stink for a bit!<br><br>
Thanks so much for your help! I was so scared to use bleach, but it went fine.<br><br>
YAY!<br><br>
Dawn
 
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