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I've never washed in a top loader, but from everything I hear, you have to adjust your wash routine. FL use less water, so maybe you need less detergent, or more rinses? Are you using the sanitary cycle?<br><br>
In short, what's your wash routine? Maybe someone will have an idea what needs to be changed.
 

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Ha!<br><br>
I do a pre-soak, then a sanitary cycle with a pre-wash and an extra rinse. I use bio-kleen powder. I was using half a scoop but my diapers still smelled like pee so I started useing the entire recommended amount. (They are better but still stinky) After the sanitary cycle I do TWO regular washes in hot with no detergent. (No option for a hot rinse.)<br><br>
My diapers STILL don't seem to be getting very clean. I think I am going to take them to my mom's and strip them in her machine soon.
 

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I loved Bio-Kleen when we lived in the US and had a top-loader. Now that we have a front-loader like all other Europeans, I tried Bio-Kleen again and found that my diapers still smelled of pee. I find that Ecover works better on my diapers in my front-loader.
 

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Thanks. Okay, my top-loader routine was:<br>
Quick Cold Wash with either no detergent or with 1/2 cap sport wash.<br>
Hot Soak (add baking soda then a while later during an agitate add vinegar before starting the wash cycle/cold rinse/cold rinse.<br><br>
Now with the FL, I've tried a ton of different things and settled on this:<br>
Cold Quick wash with sportwash (1/3-1/2 cap)<br>
Soak (what temperature? Who knows)<br>
XXTra Sanitary Takes 2 hours wash<br><br>
If I do the Baking Soda & Vinegar, would I put them in with the detergent or the bleach cup or should I just open the door and put them in on my own? I did try it once, putting the baking soda in the detergent section when it filled up, then later the vinegar in. It didn't make the miraculous difference it used to.<br><br>
I think it's the level of automation/lack of control that is getting to me.<br><br>
They don't smell like pee after, but they just aren't as fresh or scentless as they used to be.
 

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I have a FL washer and although I've never washed dipes in a TL washer, I don't have stink issues at all with my dipes. I do a cold rinse, hot wash with a rinse and an extra cold rinse....I use Charlie's Soap and Calgon water softener or Borax (usually Calgon though).....but I am fanatical about rinsing my dipes out really well before storing them in my pail until wash day....I like to make sure the pee and poo don't sit there and are rinsed out before they go into my machine so that might help matters maybe. And I don't wash a huge load either....even though FL's are known for being able to wash enormous loads of clothing, I do small diaper loads so they have more swoosh room since there's less water in there and I wash my dipes usually every other day...sometimes every day. (I have a large dipe rotation but I just don't like the bacteria to build up in the dipes by letting them sit too long) About once a month, I do a sanitary cycle on all my dipes too...it's a 2 hour long cycle with super hot water.
 

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If I do the Baking Soda & Vinegar, would I put them in with the detergent or the bleach cup or should I just open the door and put them in on my own? I did try it once, putting the baking soda in the detergent section when it filled up, then later the vinegar in. It didn't make the miraculous difference it used to.</div>
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I used vinegar, no baking soda, and put it in the Rinse section of the detergent tray. So it went in the machine at the same time but was run through the diapers during the rinse cycle. This worked great!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">.....but I am fanatical about rinsing my dipes out really well before storing them in my pail until wash day....I like to make sure the pee and poo don't sit there and are rinsed out before they go into my machine so that might help matters maybe.</div>
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I would bet this helps a lot. I have trouble getting set in stains out of my dipes in my FL. I've heard soaking them overnight works well too, but there isn't enough water in the FL to actually soak them fully in water, so I can't say for sure (and I've never soaked mine in anything else). I usually do a rinse, and pause it a few times when there is a few inches of water.<br><br>
I certainly don't have the answer. My dipes stink to high heaven unless I boil them. I also have had luck putting a shot of Dawn right on the diaper (e.g. for my AIOs).
 

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I hope that some of these suggestions will be helpful. I had a front loader and I had to trade it back in. I could not figure out a way to get my dipes clean. I had it for about 6 months while I had two in cloth. I was spending 8ish hours a day washing diapers. Having to run extra cycles, etc. Makes me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: just thinking about it. I found that it was essential for me to add a bunch of boiling hot water to the wash, which is totally against the directions.
 
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