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Kim/ustasmom, help! I remember that you add to your wash cycle....when and how much?? we still have some hemp stink, even with just usign baking soda and vinegar, no soap. So I'm going to try adding the water, but need to know how much to add and when, and where to pour it. do i pour it in the tray where the liquid soap goes? the prewash part??
 

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I guess that it depends what kind of machine you have. I have Duets. I used to take a pitcher and pour about 4-5 gallons of water in through the detergent drawer. But I had my dh hook up hoses off of the washer hookups.<br><br>
Does your washer have a window? That is my gauge. I don't want the sensor to kick on and drain my water. So I add enough so that the diapers can slosh around and I can see whether or not there are suds.<br><br>
I always use hot water. I don't think that cold rinses do a whole lot.<br><br>
My routine:<br><br>
cold wash with maybe 1/2 cup of baking soda<br>
hot wash (add water) with 1 T of HE and 15 drops TTO<br>
My washer runs for 50 minutes. It adds water at 30 minutes and at 20 minutes. I usually try to catch those cycles and add water. If I catch them, I might only do one extra rinse.<br><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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and thanks Kim <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We have a Kenmore Elite HE4. It does have a window on the door, I can see in it fine.<br><br>
Our sanitary cycle runs for 2 hrs though, 2:25 with a prewash and an extra rinse. so would I need to add extra water every time it adds water, or just the rinses?
 

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Congrats on the <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/pos.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="positive"><br><br>
I guess that you will just need to play around with your routine. Add water and check your suds. When I am at minimal suds, I call it a day. My whitest whites runs 60 minutes, but I can get rid of the second rinse. I don't use my machines prewash because I want a cold prewash and a hot wash, and my machine will do them both in the same temperature.<br><br>
I had issues with yeast until I started using the TTO. And since I use it with my detergent, it washes out and my fleece doesn't have a buildup issue.<br><br>
You might need to play around with your detergent level. I can go anywhere from 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons. I guess that it all depends on the hardness of your water. We are on well water here, but we have a water softener. But, I am wondering if water hardness/softness can be a seasonal issue. I am thinking that my water is harder within the past month. Maybe less rain may have an affect on this. I'm not sure.
 
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