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I washed my dipes last night with a Warm/Warm presoak and a Warm/Warm wash (both w/ extra rinses) and they came out stinky!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> This is my same wash routine except for the temp setting. Normally I use a Hot/cold prewash and a Cold/cold wash, and my dipes smell wonderful! What gives? I thought that the hotter water would kill germs better and am confused as to why it's actually less effective.<br><br>
Tell me what you think!
 

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I would recommend using the HOT water again. We do a cold wash and then a hot wash. Our water gets very hot and my dipes get very clean. So I would suggest that.<br><br>
Oh, one more thought...did you switch detergents? I recently tried Arm and Hammer for the first time and it didn't get my dipes as clean. I prefer Tide or Gain.
 

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Hmmmm..... do you have a lot of hemp? Maybe the hot is needed to get all the layers of hemp clean <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I know there was a thread a while ago that said you could theoretically wash on cold if you had too, but I would imagine that the temp of the hot water kills all the bacteria, blechies, etc. Try again on hot is my suggestion <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod">
 

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I don't know what kind of water you have, but my dipes will only come out odorless if I wash on Cold. I do an extra wash on hot to get rid of the germs, etc. But they smell if I wash them on hot. The kind of detergent is not an issue for me.
 

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HOT! HOT! HOT!!! not warm... HOT!!!<br>
did i forget to mention HOT WATER??? i turned up my hw heater the teensiest bit and WOW what a difference it made.
 

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this reminds me of a question asked by my 7th grade math/science teacher<br><br>
If a man's average temperature across his body is 98.6, is he doing well?<br><br>
the answer is MAYBE....<br><br>
His head could be on fire, and his feet could be frozen - the average would still be fine and he wouldn't be happy!<br><br><br>
You need HOT AND COLD<br>
not warm and warm
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I always use cold in my wash, the hot-water valve for my washer is broken for now, so I just run my dipes thru 2 times; dtergent in the first and nothing the 2nd time round...I never get stinky dipes, but then again I also practically pre-wash EVERY poopy dipe, eventhough it's still breastmilk poos!
 
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