i was just thinking about this today.....<br>
i've been using it in every wash (both diapers and regular laundry)......and i use a lot less than the fill line. i think it is affecting the absorbancy of my diapers; my indian prefolds seem a lot less absorbant, though my hemp fitteds seem about the same (but a lot softer!) and a little off topic, but the downy advanced is not helping with the wrinkles in our regular laundry either! anyway, i think i am going to cut back with the DA and see if it helps my prefolds regain their absorbancy. i usually wash dipes 3 times a week.
I only use it once or twice a week but I pull my fleece first. It seems to increase the surface tension, so it makes the fleece repel to a point. But I use it if only the external soaker is fleece and hemp is right next to it to catch any repelling.
I use it on every diaper load and I use to the first fill line for a large load (small number of diapers, but I use the large setting so they really get a lot of water circulation--we have a well/septic so I don't feel guilty about water use). I've noticed a huge difference in softness, especially in my hemp, but it keeps the cotton soft as well. I don't have a lot of microfleece, so I don't worry about repelling; my cotton and velour is still super thirsty.<br><br>
DA also seems to retain/replace stretchiness; my knit/velour diapers were getting harder to fit around Tabitha's chubby belly but the DA resolved that. I LOVE it.
I use it every wash and haven't ever had any issues with it. The website (I'll post a link if I can find it) says that it doesn't coat the fibers and therefore shouldn't affect them absorbancy wise. Could the issues with your ipf's be more from detergent build-up?
when I first bought DA for my diapers I used it in every wash. Now that my dipes are soft I use them every 2 to 3 washes or whenever they seem to need some softening.<br>
I take the covers out of the washer, though and put DA in the 2nd wash (hot water)
mylittlewonders.....thanks for the suggestion of possible detergent build-up....i don't think that is the case 'cause i really use just a teeny-weeny bit of soap (allen's naturally), and my hemp is still absorbant....but i am going to do a stripping wash anway, just-in-case! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
When i used it I think it made my hemp stink and repel....I had just stripped my dipes and used them a couple of washes and then used it a few times, they would not absorb hardly at all and when urine hit them is was SO stinky. I stripped my dipes again with dawn and dumped the DA. I use vinegar instead. I was very sad not to be able to use it because i love how soft they were and how nice they smelled until they had pee on them..now when DD pees in her dipes I cannot smell it at all.. Thank GOD!
I think if you use it too much you may get build up but I cannot be too sure because I have never had enough to test. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
It always cracks me up how the same product reacts so differently for everybody. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I think with all the choices we have, things have actually gotten MORE complicated. :LOL When I talk to my mom about it, she's just like, "I just folded up your flats, pinned them on you, pulled up your rubber pants, and off you went!" She just doesn't get all this now. (Although she thinks all these new diapers are totally cute and comfy for her little grandson and is totally supportive.) Good luck with the stripping and reducing the DA. I probably could get away with it every few washes, but I'm addicted to the yummy softness and since it doesn't give me any issues, I like to throw it in every wash. (Plus for us, vinegar didn't do anything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> )