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I use to use all sorts of diapers, but now my stash is about 80% AIO's and fitteds with sewn-in soakers (i.e. Loveybums and homemade VB AIO's.) Anyway, even with washing all of my diapers at least 10 times straight with nothing trying to strip them, and always rinsing and then washing twice, they still seem dirty and stink to high heavens in the morning. And it is not just stinky nighttime pee, because it doesn't smell at all when she's in sposies at night. We can't afford a new washer until spring. DH really cares about cding though and was trying to figure out a way we could afford one now or buy one used. But, I think it would be best to wait so we can get something fairly good, yk.<br><br>
So, I'm ready to throw in the towel with cd'ing, but I thought I'd talk with ya'll first. I'm not a big fan of prefolds or flats. They never seem to hold in the poo, but my littlest dd is having pretty solid poo's now, so maybe that would be a good alternative, so they'd be easier to get clean. Any ideas here? I absolutely love <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> my homemade VB AIO's. I love how trim and absorbant they are and I surely don't want to give them up. So, what's next best to that?
 

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What is your hot water heater set to? Did you turn it all the way up?<br><br>
Second question: if you really think it's your washer, do you know any friends who would be willing to let you use their washer for a couple of loads? I mean, they are pretty clean right now. Not fresh, but clean enough that a friend shouldn't object.<br><br>
If it is really your washer, prefolds or flats will wash the best. They are 100% cotton and don't hold onto odors like hemp or synthetic materials. Even before I knew about stripping and I washed dd's prefolds with a full scoop, no extra rinses, they never had odor problems. When I switched to ones that had poly in them, that's when I started having problems.<br><br>
I hope you get it figured out soon!
 

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Our hot water heater is plenty hot. I might have a friend who would let me use her washer, we'll see. That's amazing that you didn't have any problems when using prefolds. None of my diapers have poly in them, except the PUL. They are all 100% cotton, I believe.<br><br>
ETA: we've been using this washer for 1.5 yrs now and hadn't had too many problems until the last few months. We haven't done any maintenance on it. Is there something we need to do? I wouldn't have a clue where to start, and I really don't think we can afford to have a professional come and clean it and give it a yearly check-up, kwim.
 

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you probably just need to use *more* detergent <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: how much are you using? what kind? Sewn in soakes are harder to clean. If you are close to giving up, give more detergent a try <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Well, I usually use 1 cap of sportswash and 1 cap of calgon. I think I've cut back lately to 1/2-3/4 capfuls of both since it seems like a detergent build-up problem, but that was after the problem had started. Hmmm...<br><br>
Surely, other people have used VB AIO's with hidden soakers without problems. They just don't seem to get as clean, since the water can't go through the PUL side, it is only cleaning from one side. I love them, but can't continue to use them if I can't get them clean enough, kwim.
 

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Try the suggestions here. Maybe your washer just needs to be stripped.<br><br><a href="http://www.thediaperhyena.com/washingmachinecare.htm" target="_blank">http://www.thediaperhyena.com/washingmachinecare.htm</a>
 
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