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Okay I don't believe this but both my mother and good friend think that my ds' rash is due to my washer! They feel it is not getting the dipes clean enough.......<br><br>
I have a Neptune and have been using it to wash his dipes since birth (May 13th this yr). When he turned 4 mos he started battling a rash when in cloth dipes that just kept returning whenever I had him in cloth. It started when I tried Kissaluv Contours but even persisted when I returned to my trusty prefolds <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> . I tried switching detergents, using a very mild detergent, stripping them etc and nothing worked. The only thing that did was sposies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> so that's what he's in now.<br><br>
My wash routine was this: dry pail dipes and wash every 2-3 days. Double rinse, cold wash, hot wash and double rinse. I checked for residue and there was none. Used small amts of detergent and also had no staining whatsoever. So to me the dipes were clean (smelled fresh from washer and dryer and never stuck after he peed in them) yet both my mom and friend tell me that the washer is at fault? I just dont' believe it!<br><br>
I'd like to hear your opinions.......<br><br>
By the way I am now using sposies till I can figure out what to do. I may try a diaper service for a bit and that should tell me if he can do cloth at all!<br><br>
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what kind of rash is it? i know that yeast rashes tend to disapper when using sposies but reappear in cloth. i think that tea tree oil in the wash as well as boiling the diapers kills yeast if that is the problem. you have quite an elaborate wash routine and if they aren't smelling, i would think they are clean. i would try boiling the prefolds (a rolling boil for 10-15 minutes) and see if that helps.
 

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I sorta agree with Candice - except that my experience was that a yeast rash typically wont go away very easily by switching to sposies. I agree wityh her, giving your diapers a good boiling wont hurt either. Sunning is a good foollow-up to that, too.<br><br>
I also have Neptune washer. I always used to have difficulties with diaper laundry. Never a rash, but sometimes my diapers wouldnt smell fresh when I first pulled them out of the hot dryer. Heres what fixed my problems.<br><br>
Dry pail<br><br>
First Wash - Heavy soil, stain cycle, (sometimes the presoak), cold wash with a 1/2 to 1 ounce of Tide HE and 1 ounce of Calgon.<br><br>
Second Wash - Heavy Soil, stain cycle, hot wash with 1/4 ounce Sensi-clean and 1 ounce of Calgon<br><br>
Rinse - on cold with max extract.<br><br>
I probably could eliminate the last rinse and stop using detergent at all in the second wash. I could probably shorten the legenth of the first cold wash, too. My plan is to start shortening my wash routine slowly.<br><br>
*I noticed a big change when I started using Tide HE. Before I was using all sorts of other detergents, mainly natural ones, but also Regular Tide and Tide Free. I really think my Neptune works better with a HE formulation. For clothes I use my natural stuff.<br>
Also, I used to wash with only Sensiclean and it didnt seem like it cleaned well enough. Calgon made a HUGE difference for us, too. We have very hard water here.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah">
 

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It's not yeast. It seems to be more of a contact rash. Even if I change him right away (which sometimes of course isnt' possible) it still appears. I tend to change him every 2 hrs if not sooner should he poop. In the past I tried fleece liners, but when he was a nb they tended to make him red too so I stopped. I had no problems till this happened at 4 mos.<br><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by mamaBlue</i><br><b>I sorta agree with Candice - except that my experience was that a yeast rash typically wont go away very easily by switching to sposies. I agree wityh her, giving your diapers a good boiling wont hurt either. Sunning is a good foollow-up to that, too.<br><br>
I also have Neptune washer. I always used to have difficulties with diaper laundry. Never a rash, but sometimes my diapers wouldnt smell fresh when I first pulled them out of the hot dryer. Heres what fixed my problems.<br><br>
Dry pail<br><br>
First Wash - Heavy soil, stain cycle, (sometimes the presoak), cold wash with a 1/2 to 1 ounce of Tide HE and 1 ounce of Calgon.<br><br>
Second Wash - Heavy Soil, stain cycle, hot wash with 1/4 ounce Sensi-clean and 1 ounce of Calgon<br><br>
Rinse - on cold with max extract.<br><br>
I probably could eliminate the last rinse and stop using detergent at all in the second wash. I could probably shorten the legenth of the first cold wash, too. My plan is to start shortening my wash routine slowly.<br><br>
*I noticed a big change when I started using Tide HE. Before I was using all sorts of other detergents, mainly natural ones, but also Regular Tide and Tide Free. I really think my Neptune works better with a HE formulation. For clothes I use my natural stuff.<br>
Also, I used to wash with only Sensiclean and it didnt seem like it cleaned well enough. Calgon made a HUGE difference for us, too. We have very hard water here.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah"></b></td>
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Nikky,<br>
Thanks for the information. Amazingly enough I was using Tide HE when this all started. The detergent worked so well for me (after a few tries of other things when he was first born) so I was shocked that he kept getting a rash. That's when I stopped using it and tried other things - but nothing helped. I am just sooooo stumped.<br>
But when I try cloth again washing myself I'll try your routine. I do believe I'll try a diaper service first because that will tell me if he can wear cloth at all. Unfortunately it's the most expensive diapering option (will be about $15 more than sposies per month!) If that's the only thing that works then I might ask my mom for a few mos of service for Christmas!!<br><br>
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Take a look at <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?%3Cbr%20/%3Es=&threadid=85674%3Cbr%20/%3E" target="_blank">this thread</a> from a few weeks ago. I think it is very likely that your washer could be causing your rash!
 
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