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I'm a newbie to CDing (so forgive me if this is a silly question!) and trying to prewash everything before LO arrives. I ordered 6 BumGenius AIOs from jilliansdrawers. I'm a bit confused by their washing directions. They say:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Wash one time on a hot cycle with detergent and dry in the dryer before use. <i>All unbleached and hemp itmes must be prewashed separately from these diapers! Never use fabric softener, "baby" detergents such as Dreft, <b>Free and Clear</b> detergents, or petroleum based diaper rash creams with these diapers! These will coat the fleece, causing it to repel, making your diapers leak.</i></td>
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Now I'm confused because I had planned on using either All or Purex Free and Clear detergents on all our clothes to avoid the chemicals and dyes of regular detergents. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: What should I wash the BumGenius AIOs with then?
 

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I use Tide <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:, but I think a lot of mamas use Allen's or Charlie's.
 

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Charlie's, Allens, Country Save, and Bio-Kleen all work <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I really like this chart <a href="http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm" target="_blank">http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm</a>. I use Arm & Hammer for Sensative skin on my BG's.
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>Mrs-Mama</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9895333"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">I use Tide <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:, but I think a lot of mamas use Allen's or Charlie's.</div>
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same here.
 

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I use cheapie store-brand detergent on mine. But I have used free and clear types with no trouble at all, on all kinds of cloth diapers including my Bum Genius.
 

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I've also used free and clear and haven't had repelling problems.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I really like this chart <a href="http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm" target="_blank">http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm</a>. I use Arm & Hammer for Sensative skin on my BG's.</div>
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Same here! Except on all my FB and soon all my BG. I love the detergent list thats how I started to use A&H for sensative skin!
 

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That is an awesome site. I have the Purex F&C which I had planned on using and that site seems to be big fans of, so it threw me for a loop when the instructions said not to. I'm glad some of you have had no problems using it. I think for this first wash, I'll just have to stick with it then until I can get to the store and buy one of the other brands.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I used Allens because I bought some to try, but I used to use Purex F&C with no problems at all! When I run out of Allens I'll go back to it because it was much cheaper. I have heard of problems with All F&C though!
 

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What's your water like?<br><br>
We have very hard water, and after various experimentation, I use regular Purex and 1/4 cup Calgon during an extra rinse cycle (with our BG 2.0). The only detergent I found that doesn't cause repelling after a while was Tide, and le babe's butt has problems with Tide. But the Calgon usually keeps the repelling to a minimum, and about once a month I do an overnight soak in Dawn to get rid of anything grease/mineral/detergent-wise from the pockets.
 

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I like Arm and Hammer essentials it has a water softener right in the formula, and we have VERY hard water. I haven't had ANY problems since using this. It's cheap, and you need very little of it. Less than other detergents. Works great for us.<br><br>
I've tried many F&C with problems. I don't like any of them.
 
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