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I have always used a very small amount of detergent, like a dribble. Probably about 1/8 of a cup. I really feared buildup.
We have hard water. Anyway, I that I think my diapers are not coming clean enough and I need to use more detergent. There is a very slight smell when she pees during the day and burn your eyes smell in the morning.

I stripped with RLR last week and have added 1/4 capful calgon to my wash. I also increased my detergent to 1/2 a cup. But I still am not seeing a whole lot of suds in my wash. Before I really didn't see any. I guess that should have been a clue that I needed more detergent.
: With my increased detergent there is a very thin layer of small white bubbles. Is that enough?

I want to know how much bubbles you mamas with no stink or buildup see in your wash.
 

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Originally posted by baileysmommy
I want to know how much bubbles you mamas with no stink or buildup see in your wash.
Mindy, this is going to vary according to detergents. Some have low sudsing detergents and some do not. This is why sudsing is not ALWAYS a good indicator of 'perfect' amount of detergent.

The 'perfect' amount of detergent is simply that amount that can cut through the calcium, magnesium and other minerals in your wash to permeate and deep clean your diaper laundry. It is trial and error in most cases, but unfortunately, with hard water usually takes more than 1/4 the recommended amount.
 

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I have had to play around with this a bit with our hard water. My perfect solution to ensure fresh smelling dipes was to add the full scoop of detergent and then just have plenty of rinses. After the prewash with detergent I spin it out, then do a full hot wash/cold rinse cycle with Calgon in the hot wash part. I also just recently switched to Tide from Purex. Purex seemed to do okay but Tide does better and the dipes smelled fresher.

I also fully stripped them about every 2 mos. or whenever I noticed some odor problems developing. Just kept doing hot washes/cold rinses until the water was clear. The first time I did this before using Calgon, it took 7 cycles!! After Calgon it took about 3. I'm hoping the Tide will not build up as fast but will have to wait until Feb. as our dipes were just recently retired for a few months. :-(

Darshani
 

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One thing I want to point out is that when we have had issues with our eyes burning in the morning it was usually from me overloading the washer with dipes. I find if I try to stuff them all in they will not get as clean and hence: that horrid smell after a few pees. So it's not always buildup that causes stinky dipes
 

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I highly recommend switching detergents.

We used Era for a long time and it worked fine. I started sensing the buildup problems and started using calgon, downy advanced, etc. It helped, but didn't solve the problem. Recently I started using a home-made detergent and the buildup seems to have disappeared.

I don't know if it's the detergent itself or if it's just that old neutrogena shampoo sort of propaganda - any shampoo (or detergent) is going to build up after a while and it just helps to switch around. It may be the detergent's reaction to whatever is in your water.
 

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I have been seeing quite a few suds when I launder and I use about 1/4 of a cup of detergent. I just recently stripped my diapers with calgon... should I have used RLR (what is it and where can I find it). When I was "stripping" my dipes I washed the same load of dipes all day must have been about 7 or so cycles and was still seeing suds untill the very end.
ah the joys of washing dipes and getting a great system!
good luck
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I don't see any suds.

I used to use tide free on my (well, Maggies) diapers, then I used Calgon water softener on them.
I started making my own laundry powder and occasionally use bi-o-kleen and haven't had build up since.

(Well, unless you count after the hurricane, i had only cold water and the diapers smelled like ammonia as soon as dd peed in them
blech!!)
 

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I use Purex Free and Clear on my diapers and we have hard water. I recently found out (thanks to Jenb
) that I was using way too much detergent. I cut way back, probably about 1/8 of a cup and sudsing is still there but not overflowing like it was before. I would switch detergents, too. A minimal amount of Purex and I still have sudsing.

Good Luck!
 
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