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I have been wondering about this..Since my sister asked ive just sat trying to get the best answer for her and i still cannot... I mean how...There are layers and layers in some of these diapers does the detergent really get there....?? Why do some resort to using bleach if the detergent should be doing the job?? And if Hemp really grabs stuff and tends to keep it in how does anyone know if its really getting cleaned up... Im just wondering here...lol Its just something that has been tickling my head for quite sometime. How do i know that detergent is really disinfecting my diapers like i want them to be... Also who came up with the TTO and the GSE in the diape washing...My gosh ive been CDing since Arian is 2 months old and now im asking this...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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I think detergent and hot water will kill off most germs and get rid of most stains. I've never tested how hot the water is coming out of my hot water heater but I suspect it's not quite 160, which is what is needed to sterilize. So I add tto just to make sure things are getting killed.<br><br>
Another reason people add tto and bleach is, I think, to help with the odor. And I think most of the odor is caused by detergent build-up and hard water build-up, and possibly not hot enough water. Of course people also add bleach to whiten the dipes but in the process kill them.<br><br>
I'd love to hear what others say on this!<br><br>
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You see i dont have a water heater i can crank up to top degrees it like automatic..Its just a tiny little box with tubes that run all around the house..You cant crank it up...it doesnt have a reserve tank it just comes out hot(not that hot i tell u, i can put my hand in there so its definately not 160)...So the hot water theory(i still use hot water but its not HOT) doesnt apply to me at least so how do i reasure myself.....<br><br>
I would also love opinions of ppl who dont have a water heater they can crank up...
 

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Good question now it makes me wonder ... my big question is why is Bleach Alterntative a No No? I always wondered about this ... sorry to change the subject ...
 

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TTO= tea tree oil GSE=grapefruit seed extract<br><br>
of the 2 I prefer GSE for things (but don't use in laundry unless we have a bug or yeasties)<br><br>
1. this is why i don't like thick diapers or aio's i dont feel the inner cores get cleaned and rinsed well. since i have reduced my stash to less layers and no fleece, i've yet to have an odor problem (most of my fitteds dry before my prefolds yet do the job of keeping the pee from hitting the floor when we go coverless). if i feel we need more absorbancy, i just add a doubler no big deal. since i've eliminated pul from our stash i've not even had to deal with a stinky cover too. also some odors are so strong they linker even if the fabric is clean look at when someone uses heavy perfume <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"><br><br>
2. as long as the detergent disolves well and gets well swished throughout the fabric/diapers I don't see any problem of them getting clean esp. if rinsed out well. i don't think you need 160 degree F. water to sterilize and i don't feel you need all those eo's (esential oils) to sterilze (they wouldn't work well anyway unless in rinse and then they wouldn't rinse out well and can leave residue), although vinegar can help. also you'd need 10-20 drops of eo per gal (I think that's what i read somewhere) in order for it to really do the trick.<br><br>
3. the dryer gets hot enough to where it "steam sterilizes" and the uv rays from the sun sterilizes as well.<br><br>
4. if we live in a 100% germ free enviroment at home, and then go out in public which is full of nasty germs, then we are at higher risk of infection because our bodies aren't used to germs.<br><br><br>
I can't answer your question on bleach alternatives, but I do occasionally use oxyclean if we had a poo that looked like it would stain. I will not use bleach since not only is it harsh on the lungs (fumes), bad for baby's skin (not to mention adults), harsh on clothes, and bad for the enviroment, but I just plain ol' don't like it and dont' allow it in my home. I don't believe in a prestinly clean home w/o germs so a cleaning of the counters ect. with reg soap and water is good enough for me and in the 15+ years I've been doing this we are rarely sick(even when we smoked) and only once had food poisoning (from icecream).<br><br>
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<a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=87053" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...threadid=87053</a><br><br><a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=87123" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...threadid=87123</a><br><br>
I asked something similiar to this last week. I got somepretty interesting answers.<br><br><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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thank you so much....super interesting threads.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Newbie here! I just bought a new washer and dryer and both have a sanitize cycle on them. I am assuming this would definately take care of any lingering germs?
 

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OH I'm jealous!! I'd love one of those washers! But this is my last that'll be indiapers. We can't justify the extra $$ for that washer.<br><br>
I ALMOST had a front loader..lol.. then we found the problem with the one we had...(darn me for researching..lol) and now it works well. Oh well, $1000 I didn't need to spend fo rnow..lol
 
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