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Hey all, we just moved into a new house and my dipes have never smelled before (we use swaddlebee's pockets/aio's exclusively) and all of a sudden they stink! I can smell them when they're in the hot wash and after they're washed (I rinse twice) and then REALLY bad in the dryer when they're warm. They still have a faint smell after they're all dry. YUCK!<br><br>
What do y'all have your hot water heater turned up to? I did a few washes at my mom's house and her water temp is practically scalding, but my dipes had never been cleaner. We turned this water heater up to 125. Is that enough? When our hot water runs and gets its hottest, I can still stand to put my hand in it (its obviously hot, but not as hot as my moms)<br><br>
What should I do? HELP!!
 

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Google just told me that many hot water heaters range from 110 to 170. When I used to work in food service, 160 was the temperature at which food was piping hot. It burned my hands at first but after a while my fingertips got toughened up.<br><br>
At my house, the hot water heater is probably 150 or higher. The diapers get clean. Water turned all the way up steams coming out of the tap. Obviously we'll have to turn it down when the baby's old enough to start messing with faucets, but for now I like it hot.
 

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Thanks so much. I think Im going to have dh turn up the heat on the tank. Its just not hot enough and I don't like the idea of "somewhat" clean dipes! YUCK!!<br><br>
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Just a warning, 150 - 160 degree water can give you baby/child a 2nd or 3rd degree burn in just seconds. Our water heaters were turned up this high until I found my ds would go turn on the water on HOT and then try to wash his hands. We narrowly missed him getting horrid burns.<br><br>
120 -125 degree water will basically not burn anyone's hands unless they keep them under them for minutes (that is why that temp is suggested for household with children). If your children have any chance of touching hot tap water then please don't turn up your heater, it is truly dangerous.<br><br>
Your laundry and dishes should get clean in 120-125. If you must I would rather add a bit of bleach to my wash to sanitize my dipes rather than risking horrid burns to my dear children's hands. Detergents are made to work in 120-125 degree water, so your diapers hopefully will get clean if you add enough.<br><br>
Plus to saves you TONS of money keeping you water turned down to a safe temperature.<br><br>
So safe children, saved money; I think it is worth finding other ways to clean your diapers!
 

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when i washed diapers at my moms house (after moving it was either at my folks' or the laundromat) i would turn her HWH up while i did the cold rinse first, by the time that was done the water from the HWH was HOT. and i would let everyone in the house know that the water temp had changed. after diapers were done i would turn the HWH back down.<br>
yes children can get scalded VERY easily.<br>
we have a no sink/tub rule without an adult in any house we go to for our DD. instead of letting her use any sink or faucet by herself and potentially getting scalded she KNOWS the rule and we help her get the temp adjusted before she puts her hands near the faucet.<br>
she has the caution, and we have the comfort of knowing she isnt going to scald herself anywhere.
 

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Yes, I know that that temp is too high for children to wash their hands and play w/ the faucets, thats why we too have a "no playing w/ sinks/tubs" rule. I also understand that children don't always listen, so I like the idea of turning it up just to do diaper laundry. My dipes always got clean at our old house just fine, but I don't know what temp that was at. We actually turned it down when we moved in cuz it was too hot. As it is now at this house, I can almost take a shower w/ only the hot water on, as its not that hot. Im just going to have to tweak it a bit and see what temp works best. Im obviously not going to crank it up to 190 for no reason. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> And I won't put bleach in my dipe laundry as it breaks down the pul and will ruin my dipes over time.
 

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Also hang them to dry in the sun if you can. I have found the sun to be a miracle. even when I can still smell them a bit coming out of the washer, they are sparkling clean and fresh smelling after being on the line for a day (or two, depends on if I remember to get them <i>off</i> the line!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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If they stink, it's because bacteria is still present. There are a number of ways to kill bacteria, though bleach and heat are the most common.<br><br>
If you're in the market for a new washer, you can now buy them with internal heaters. These have a "sanitize" cycle on them. This way your clothes can be washed on extra hot without having to turn up the water heater for the whole house.<br><br>
Other wise, use a tiny bit of bleach or do what I do and boil the inserts on the stove. I found that by using a little more soap than recommend (Charlie's) my dipes come out cleaner as well.
 
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