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My new high efficiency washer does not seem to be cleaning my diapers! I am so frustrated after spending so much on the latest Kenmore front loader. The thicker dipes come out smelly, even after an hour and 20 minutes of washing. I am using the "h.e." detergent and even doing the extra rinse... What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions would be appreciated!TIA
 

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Here's my wash routine in a front loader:<br><br>
1. Cold rinse for poopy diapers 19 mins<br>
2. Add wet diapers without fleece and 2 Tbsp Tide he.<br>
3. Boosted hot wash (140F water) with extra rinse, and cold prewash if diapers are extra stinky 75mins (96 with prewash)<br>
4. Boosted hot wash 1/2 cap Sensi-Clean for fleece and hemp items. 65 mins<br><br>
Every things out not stinky with all that washing for me. But yeah, it takes a long time.
 

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I have a Fridgidaire FL (basically the cheapest one) and it works great on my CDs.<br><br>
I always do a cold soak (15 min), followed by a hot/cold wash with a tablespoon of Tide. No vinegar and nothing else. I always set for an extra rinse and the "fast" spin for the drying. That's it. The whole cycle takes maybe an hour? I dunno, I never timed it. Also I wash everything together (fleece, hemp, fitteds and AIOs) no matter if there's poop or not. My DS is older, though so his poops are solid and we wash every three days. This has been working just fine for us so far. My dipes always smell fine after washing and drying.<br><br>
I'm wondering if you are using too much detergent? I found when I first started using my FL on regular clothes, I was using waaaaay too much soap. I got the hang of that after about 2-3 weeks, but now that I wash CDs, it still feels like I don't have enough soap. I always want to put in just a "little bit more". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> But I found that just that little bit more was too much and gave me detergent buildup. So now I just use a tablespoon and it works great.<br><br>
Are you getting lots of sudsing? A FL should NOT be sudsing much, especially with HE detergent. Soap doesn't get the clothes/CDs clean, it's the agitation and hot water that does it.<br><br>
Have you tried cutting back on your amount of detergent? Also maybe washing every once in a while with Sportwash?<br><br>
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I have a 4 yo frigidaire gallery w/analog controls and use amway sa8, trizyme and baking soda.<br><br>
2 cold prewash cycles (6 min each)<br>
warm wash for 15 min, switch to prewash to spin out<br>
hot heavy wash cycle w/extra rinse<br><br>
The cold rinses seem to do the trick. Also, the older the child, the longer between washes, the smellier the dipes.<br><br>
Recently on vacation, I used my inlaws neptune and did about 3 cold rinses and then a heavy hot wash w/a little tide he and thought the dipes were cleaner and fresher than my home washing routine.<br><br>
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I second the suggestion to try cutting back on detergent, perhaps adding calgon as well.<br><br>
For a huge 50 lb laundrymat front loader I use 1/4 c A&H FC and 1/4 c calgon in the warm prewash cycle, then a hot wash with nothing and cold rinses with 20 drops tto in final rinse. I pre wash or rinse poop though.
 

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I have a Maytag FL. Dipes go straight from ds to the pail. I wash every 2-3 days. I run dipes through a white, cold/cold with Tide HE and a white, hot/cold with SportWash. I set the dial to heavy stains, extra rinse, and stain cycle every time (button selectors for the last two). So far my dipes are fine, although my ds is only 6 1/2 months old and still EBF.<br>
The dipes didn't seem to get completely clean with the SportWash alone. I really like the Tide HE for that, but I use the SportWash on the second wash to help with buildup (we have heavy water, and the Tide HE alone, seemed to cause some buildup).
 

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My front loader (also a Kenmore) was making mine stink too, until I realized I was using too much detergent. I stripped the dipes and here's the routine I've been using the last 8mos without trouble:<br><br>
1. Short cycle. Cold/cold. No detergent, no extra rinse.<br>
2. Long cycle. Hot/cold. 1/3 capful liquid Tide unscented. Extra rinse.<br>
3. Short cycle. Cold/cold. Extra rinse (to make sure all the suds are gone). I sometimes add 2 tbsp - 1/4 cup Calgon to this--maybe every 4th or 5th time I wash the diapers.<br><br>
HTH<br><br>
-Melissa.
 

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I also have a Maytag Neptune (that just got a new motor & controller (thank GOD for the extended warantee :LOL). Anyway, my routine is:<br>
1. cold rinse<br>
2. Hot wash, Heavy soil, extra rinse, w/1/8c Kirkland Signature detergent (Costco brand)<br>
3. Hot wash cycle, Regular soil, no detergent.<br><br>
Also, I find that occasionally my diapers do not seem as fresh, so I put them in the diaper pail & pour boiling hot water on them, filling up the pail. I add a scoop of Oxyclean & let them soak overnight, then rinse & wash. Works like a CHARM.<br><br>
Because the front loaders don't ever actually let them soak in water, I think soaking occasionally really can help :)<br>
Good luck!!<br>
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Thank you, Mamas, for all the helpful tips! I don't have a clue with this new washer! Sounds like I'll have to try that Tide he detergent. And I bet you I did use too much detergent.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We just got a Whirlpool duet front loader, and I'm just re-working our wash routine.<br><br>
Do you using baking soda when washing your cloth diapers in a front loader? If so, how much?<br><br>
And what kind of detergent with hemp diapers in a front loader? And how much?<br><br>
Thanks!<br>
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I had the same problem, though I have a Maytag Neptune. You have to think differently with a front loader!<br><br>
I was using TOO MUCH detergent! Even though I felt I wasn't using enough at the time it was too much.<br><br>
Now I do:<br><br>
Double cold rinse<br>
Cold wash on normal with 1/4 amt of reg detergent and second rinse with vinegar.<br>
Additional rinse.<br>
Hot wash with 1/8th amt of detergent and second rinse,<br>
Additional rinse.<br><br>
Dipes come out just dandy now!<br><br>
M
 

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Regarding soaking in a FL: I can soak my dipes if I just shut off the machine in the middle of a tossing cycle. Most FLs will stop moving the drum, but allow the water to stay inside if you shut them off during the cycle.<br><br>
I usually let my dipes soak in cold water for about 15-20 minutes (or till I remember they're in there), then turn the machine back on and let it finish the cycle. I can always see that the dipes are fully covered in water. The dipes DO soak, just not in as much water as in a toploading machine.<br><br>
Morgan
 
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