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I read a post earlier (and I confess I didn't read it thoroughly) about how you can put your diapers in the dishwasher with no soap to get rid of buildup until there are no suds left. I thought, "PERFECT" because my diapers have not come out smelling clean no matter what I do - that must be the problem. So today I have continuously run them in the dishwasher and no matter when I open it, it's still sudsy. I must have run it at least 5-6 times. And this is only the insert, not even the covers. I feel wasteful and defeated - haha - help!!
 

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You'll need to rinse it for MANY MANY times. If you are still getting suds they aren't stripped yet.<br><br>
Once you start the stripping process you need to finish stripping otherwise they smell twice as bad after a day or two.
 

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Ah...the first-time stripping panic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> The first time I did it, I was amazed at how many times I need to rinse. Once all the bubbles stopped (and I did check my water to see if it just came out looking sudsy by running it in the tub full on to see if there were bubbles and how long they lasted), they smelled so nice, like nothing at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> And I started using alot less detergent when I wash. I use about an 1/8 the "recommended amount" now. It's easier to get rid of too-little-detergent smell than to get out too-much-buildup smell.
 

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Just wanted to say thanks for the info! I finally have diapers with that lovely "NO" smell I've been waiting for after about 2 days of constant dishwasher action!
 

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Oh I wish I had read this yesterday! I did 3 cycles, and needed the dishwashers for, uhm, <i>dishes</i> , and I thought for sure they would smell better getting all that soap out! But no, they smell really bad. Better try that again... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Why does the dishwasher work better than the washing machine to strip the excess soap out? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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As far as I know it is the heat you can heat the water in the DW way hotter than the washing mashine.<br><br>
When you strip in the dish washer do you just pile it all in there or do you have to lay everything out in the rack?
 

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Yep, the hotter the better, and most dishwashers self-heat the water unlike a washing machine that only gets as hot as your tap.
 

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Just an FYI, though -- most diaper manufacturers will tell you that this will void the warranty. Elastic and snaps are not made to withstand the kind of heat they're exposed to in the dishwasher.
 

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Yes - how DO you load the dipes into the dishwasher?
 

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on or between the prongs. inserts and stuff w/o snaps and elastic on bottom, everything else on top.<br><br>
it can get gross. i ran mine for 8 cycles and ended up finishing in my moms washing machine.
 

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OK - I did it! It took about 8 washes and they finally ran clear of suds.<br><br>
Today they are great smelling! Yay!!<br><br>
So does this mean that I was using too much detergent?
 

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Yeah, either you were using too much or not running enough rinse cycles afterward. From what all this sounds like, I must strip my diapers w/ every wash! I rinse until no suds every single time. I'm obsessed!
 

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Well, I just couldn't stand the smell of dd's diapers any more! Yuck! I had not had this problem with ds's dipes in the past, but we've moved and have new water, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> new soap, and new dipes.<br><br>
Thanks to all of you for helping me figure this out!
 

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We dont own a dishwasher but.. If I use water thats too hot I get more problesm. HArd water deposits build up more in the hot water and I get repelling and assorbancy issus and the junk leads to stink. SO go figure..<br>
The last time I did own a dishwasher I remember it would hold soap like nothing I used the electrol tablets for our dishes and could run many loads without adding new ones because of the detergent buildup <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . I'd be werry of adding diapers to that. But then I don't get the dawn thing eaither cause I got horrid buildup when even I tried that..
 

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Wonder if throwing some vinegar in the dishwasher would speed up the process?
 

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Am I the only one who finds the idea of putting diapers in the dishwasher nasty ??
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Am I the only one who finds the idea of putting diapers in the dishwasher nasty ??</div>
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no that really freaks me out also<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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