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So, I think most of us here do a cold wash/prewash followed by a hot wash, right? Do you use your laundry detergent in the cold or hot cycle? I always used it in the cold, thinking the hot would help get it out and prevent buildup. I noticed someone else mentioned they use detergent in the hot cycle.<br><br>
What do you recommend?
 

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I do a cold soak for 2 hours-overnight depending then I spin that out and do a hot wash with my detergent and downy advance and then I do a cold rinse. Took me forever to get to where I am on my washing method.
 

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Detergent works best in hot water, so I use it in the hot wash. I use baking soda (and recently started experimenting with using vinegar instead) in the cold prewash. The ammonia in the diapers actually makes the water very slick already. I'm starting to wonder if detergent, or even baking soda is necessary in the prewash at all. I just want to get the excess urine and poop remnants off. And I don't think detergent is as necessary or effective at that point as it is during the hot wash. I've tried it in the prewash, though, several times, so I'm not just saying what I think would be better, I actually see better results when I use it in the hot wash. YMMV
 

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Thanks, Kermit.<br><br>
For some reason I thought that detergents actually worked better in cold, since most people prefer cold washes for economical reasons, I thought they'd been developed that way. But, of course, it makes sense that hot washes are still better.<br><br>
I'm going to try using it in the hot wash, because I realized that, like Kermit, the cold wash is just to get rid of any poop, etc.
 

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I use it in the prewash. Since there is no rinse on our prewash cycle, there is still detergent left in the diapers for the hot wash and I don't need to do an extra rinse. We haven't had any stink issues so I feel confident that the diapers are getting clean.
 

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I put a wee bit in the cold wash, and then a wee bit more in the hot wash. I always do the extra rinse cycle too.
 

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I have a front loading washer, and:<br><br>
1. for the poopy dipes, do a full cold wash with extra rinse with detergent<br><br>
2. add the pee dipes and do a full hot wash with extra rinse with a little detergent<br><br>
We use Allen's Naturally detergent so it rinses very clean as far as I can tell.
 

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ditto!
 

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:LOL Darshani, I read so many of your posts on another forum, and your website, too, while I was researching cloth that I probably got the idea from you. <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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