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We just got a GE front loader HE machine.<br><br>
I am planning to cloth diaper, so don't want to use any detergents in there that would gunk up the machine and transfer to the diapers.<br><br>
So far I have run 3 loads all using a little Method Free and Clear detergent. Each time I added a little amount of baking soda right into the drum of the washer, and then vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser.<br><br>
My problems are:<br><br>
-The fabric softener dispenser seems to be really shallow and will not take much vinegar, certainly not half my old amount and then there is no room to dilute it. how much vinegar should I use?<br><br>
-Is it okay to put baking soda straight into the drum? Or should I not need it at all?<br><br>
-Can anyone recommend a detergent that I can buy at the store (so not Charlies, not Ecover, not Allen's) which will be good for an HE machine, diapers AND clothes?<br><br>
-The last 2 loads I did have not been very soft.. it's been months since I used fabric softener in my old machine, but now I'm wondering if I should get some natural stuff to use with clothes in this new machine. Is there some reason why the vinegar rinse might not be softening in the new machine?<br><br>
Any insight into all this is appreciated. I thought I would be fine having grown up with front loading washers, but was amazed to discover HE means even less water useage than a regular European washer, so I'm stumped!<br><br>
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I washed cloth diapers in my front loader.<br><br>
I also put a scoop of baking soda right in the drum w/ the dipes.<br><br>
as far as vinegar. I would put it in the bleach dispenser (for most loads, not just diapers) And for diapers (and other things that I felt needed extra vinegar) I would also put some in the detergent dispenser after I poured the detergent in.<br><br>
As far as detergent, I would use both HE and regular, just less of it. One of those big plastic jugs would last for months and months. I did try a powder detergent but that seemed to gunk up the machine. I am pretty much a user of whatever "free and clear" detergent is available at the time.<br><br>
I was also told to use a dish washer cleaner to help keep the machine clean every so often. But I live in a land of VERY hard water, so I am not so sure if that would help you or not.<br><br>
Now your last thing on the soft clothes.... what are soft clothes???? lol! seriously though, none of our clothes are soft as I pretty much only use our dryer when I have to (which is very very rare). When I did diapers though, I would let them dry on the rack (out in the sun as much as possible) and then just throw them in the dryer for about 10 minutes after they were dry to soften them up so my baby didnt have a rough feeling diaper on her bottom. this method worked fine for us.<br><br>
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Thanks!<br><br>
I have been over thinking this whole thing...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
We have a rotary dryer that we're going to put up outside in the spring for drying diapers, but for now I try to hang dry most stuff in our laundry room. The baby clothes I just washed were not as soft as my usual laundry was, but I just popped them into the dryer for 5 mins.<br><br>
I will continue what I'm doing and see how it goes. No one I know in England who uses cloth diapers goes out of their way to use natural detergents or anything so hopefully I'll be fine with either Method or that Arm and Hammer Essentials.<br><br>
Thanks for the reply.
 
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