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I just got out my old diapers from dd #1 for the new one due in october. I also decided to reintroduce nighttime/naptime cloth for my 3yo after abandoning cloth for about a year. I washed the old dipes and ran them through the dishwasher about 6 times until no suds. Used an old insert on DD#1 in a new HH trainer, and got horrible ammonia smell after a 2hr nap. so the ammonia smell doesn't disappear after a year of storage! So then after reading on the boards here, I washed in dawn x1, an extra full wash on hot, and then used calgon. So many suds with Calgon! That must be why my dipes got to smelling horrible before! So I am on my 3rd hot wash with calgon, and have just as many suds as the 1st calgon wash. For those of you with hard water problems, how many times have you had to wash with calgon until no bubbles? I thought once or twice would do the trick, but still getting just as many suds after the 3rd wash! Should I just change back to plain hot water and assume I've stripped enough?<br><br>
Wish I'd known I had hard water the first time around!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just got out my old diapers from dd #1 for the new one due in october. I also decided to reintroduce nighttime/naptime cloth for my 3yo after abandoning cloth for about a year. I washed the old dipes and ran them through the dishwasher about 6 times until no suds.</div>
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I just gotta say about the practice of using the dishwasher for diapers: yuch! I mean, if you ever use it for dishes again.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Are you using it in the wash and the rinse water?<br><br>
Formulas for Calgon products differ from place to place. If you think you'll be doing this a lot, buy yourself a 25 lb. bag of sodium hexametaphosphate (soluble sodium polyphosphate glass) to use instead.<br><br>
Robert
 

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stripping in the dishwasher is just fine. please dont let Mr Robert Goodman deter you away from stripping already CLEANED diapers in the dishwasher. if it makes you feel better to run a load of baking soda with a vinegar rinse in there, go for it. but the heat of the water should get rid of anything offensive.
 

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I've found that if I continue putting calgon in the wash, the suds never go away. I put the calgon in the second rinse then I just run them with hot water until the suds are gone.
 

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I agree with above poster. Calgon will produce suds on it's own. I tried putting some in a jar with hot water and shook it up. Low and behold, soap suds appeared. So after using the calgon, you then may need to run an extra wash with nothing to get the suds out.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree with above poster. Calgon will produce suds on it's own. I tried putting some in a jar with hot water and shook it up. Low and behold, soap suds appeared.</div>
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Calgon (unless it's the bubble bath) won't make suds on its own, so those suds mean one of two things: lime soap that was stuck on the jar (especially a plastic one) or lid, or...double yuck...surfactants in the water supply. It can actually take quite a bit of Calgon washing to de-suds a plastic surface.<br><br>
As to the person who says the diapers were already clean before they went in the dishwasher, then what are you "stripping" from them? You can't have it both ways.<br><br>
Of course it's just psychologic. As a baby (actually considerably beyond the age most of you would consider "baby") I was washed in the kitchen sink, and so were the dishes. It was cleaned out in between, of course, but if diapers in the dishwasher are yucky, how yucky must it be to stick baby tushy <span style="text-decoration:underline;">directly</span> into the apparatus also used to clean dishes? I'm not saying you have to share my hang-up.<br><br>
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Yeah, I also gave dd#1 her baths in the kitchen sink for the first few months! I have no problems with a little bit of bacteria...I've been through med school and believe in the power of the immune system!<br><br>
So, I finally gave up and did what one of you guys suggested and after the 4th calgon wash I washed x2 on hot (recently turned up the water heater), and told dh to put them in the dryer. Unfortunately, dd#1 told me today that she doesn't want to wear her new cloth nightime trainers b/c they "wake me up a lot mama". I'm guessing she's not used to the added bulk! Even after careful explanation of getting her heat rash to go away and she will be like her baby sister due in about a month, she still insisted on her pull-ups. So, I'll update you guys on if the stink issue has resolved after I convince dd#1 to wear cloth again.<br><br>
Trying to suppress the guilt for the year of pull-ups twice a a day.....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">As to the person who says the diapers were already clean before they went in the dishwasher, then what are you "stripping" from them? You can't have it both ways.</div>
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If you'd venture out of this forum you'd see that stripping means getting the soap build up out of the diapers. You can do that by running the diapers through a hot wash repeatedly in the washer until there are no more suds or by throwing them in the dishwasher and running them through until there are no more suds. And no, you don't put soiled diapers in the dishwasher.
 

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I think dirty dishes are more gross than a clean diaper that just has too much soap build up! All stripping does is remove SOAP buildup from diapers that are already washed. Not a big deal AT all! Since the dishwasher is for WASHING it is not like it is dirty after you use it (at least mine isn't). It is probably a good idea to have some idea of what a person is actually talking about before you act like they are doing something disgusting! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I hope it is all cleared up for you though!
 
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