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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help"> I recently got rid of my 10 year old top loader and bought a fancy new Duet front loading washer and dryer. I also recently switched from using mostly hemp fitteds to using mostly FBs stuffed with indian prefolds. I have constantly had stink issues since I started CDing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I have tried so many different washing routines and can't get it right to save my life! I have been sitting here for the past hour searching the archives and I am as confused as ever. I am really hoping someone has the exact same washing conditions and diapers as me and can tell me exactly what to do. :LOL<br><br>
So what is the best way to wash FBs with very hard water and a front loading washing machine? I pretty much have every product recommended since I have tried them all at some point. The entire time I have cloth diapered I have been dealing with either stinky diapers or crunchy diapers. I even have a ton I would love to sell but I can't bring myself to sell them until I get rid of the stink/crunch issues. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"> I've had my FB stash for about 2 weeks and they already reek like you wouldn't believe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Most common "stink" culprit is soap residue. Wash them a couple of times without any detergent to make sure you don't have any soap bubble action happening. Sounds like that might be the problem if your FBs are stinking after only 2 weeks. You need to use even LESS detergent with a frontloader than a toploader. I think a lot of people talk about using Tablespoons of detergent in frontloaders.<br><br>
Oh are you using a liquid detergent? MOE says to not use that with FB because of the fleece. (I never had a problem but some do)<br><br>
I've had to start using a vinegar rinse to help with any smells lately but then I also have the "pregger nose" that can smell something from 2 blocks away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Hmmm..I have a similar situation, but if you have tried everything I don't know if I can help. I have a frontloader, hard water, and pocket dipes. I use hemp stuffers, but no longer at night as I never could resolve that stink issue. For night I use cpf's to stuff the pockets. So, I do a cold soak w/baking soda. Then I do a very hot wash (whitest whites on my machine) w/ about 1tbs of HE detergent (use Sear's right now). I do an extra rinse and hang to dry. I have had good luck w/ that. Every few weeks when they get stinky again I use RLR in the hot wash cycle along w/ the detergent. Does the trick for me. HTH.
 

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Well, my most current routine (I've had many LOL) is to do a cold/cold wash cycle with 1/2 cup baking soda and I set it to do an extra rinse at the end of the cycle. I then do a whitest whites wash on hot/cold with Tide filled to the lowest line of the cup and set it to do an extra rinse on that cycle as well. I use more detergent now than before because I read that with hard water I needed more and before when I used very little detergent I could still smell the stink after they were finished the hot wash cycle. I wash as soon as my diaper pail fills which is at least every other day since I have 2 in diapers.<br><br>
I have tried stripping my hemp fitteds in the past and it never seemed to work for me. I am thinking it was because my water wasn't hot enough? My hot water heater is in the attic and I can't easily access it unfortunately. That is one of the reasons I liked the Duet...for the built in heater that heats the water on the sanitation cycle, although that cycle didn't seem to solve my problems either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I am washing a load of FBs right now and am going to try to strip them. So far I have done 1 cold rinse cycle...what should I do next? A cold soak? A hot wash? With detergent? Gosh...I know this doesn't have to be so difficult. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Oh, a couple more things. I have a mini-shower so all toddler poop is washed away before the diaper goes in the pail. My infant is bf and I just throw her poopy diapers in the pail. Do I need to rinse those? Also, the diapers seems to smell ok out of the wash...almost like chlorine, but after they are dried, even if they are air dried they smell horrid and as soon as pee hits them they about knock me out. :LOL
 

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I have a Duet washer and dryer and what I do is<br>
COLD rinse or soaker(depending on how dirty the diapers are) if they are really dirt I use about a teaspoon of tide<br>
HOT wash with a teaspoon of tide, and it does 2 automatic cold rinses<br>
and then dry them. I only have had one smelly hemp diaper and it wasnt washed right.
 

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Actually, I haven't tried that yet! If this round of stripping doesn't work I will try that next. So far I did a cold rinse, cold wash with a tablespoon of Tide then a sanitation wash (the wash cycle that uses the built in heater to heat the water hotter than the hot cycle) with a cap full of Calgon. I did see tons of suds with the Calgon wash! I am on my 3rd rinse now and am seeing less suds. I think another rinse or 2 should do it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have my fingers crossed that they smell nice after being dried.
 

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I had the same problem with stink out of the dryer (I have a neptune though). I discovered it was build up... too much detergent. I stripped them (can't remember quite how....) and then started using much less detergent.<br><br>
Now when I wash dipes I do a double rinse first. Then a cold wash and sometime I add extra water..... like 3 large gulp cup fulls. Then I do a hot wash with presoak, heavy soil, and extra rinse - and add more hot water to the first part. Then I do 2 more rinses!<br>
Complicated? YES. But washing dipes with a front loader I have learned is no fun at all.
 

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When stripping remember to use hot water to rinse! I did this and discovered that when you use cold, the bubbles hide, and so thatmeans the stink is hiding too! My machine doesn't have a hot rinse option. So I have to turn it on hot wash and switch it over to a warm rinse to do the "rinse until no more suds" thing. HTH.<br><br>
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I have had that problem with any fleece diaper. Are you adding vinegar to the rinse cycle? That helped a little bit. Try an extra short cycle without detergent too. Hope you get it figured out.
 
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