I do a cold pre-soak in Borax. I have used Oxyclean for this when I had trouble finding Borax, but the Borax is far better, IMO. I do a hot wash/warm rinse with Sport Wash or Dawn, baking soda, and vinegar in the Downy ball. On occasion, I will add some Ultimate Care bleach instead of the bs. I am fairly new to cloth diapering, and will try different methods. I've used Tide before, too. I think the key is to not use too much of any detergent. The mamas on here know a lot, and I'm always learning new things to try. I always wash my covers with the dipes, and I used to always throw them in the dryer. Now I line dry them. I also don't use any fabric softener. I have those dryer ball things.