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So they tell me, at least.<br><br>
What can I wash them in? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Can I use Dreft? that's what I use on the rest of the baby laundry....
 

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Well, I've found that a washing machine works better than banging them with rocks in the creek. :LOL<br><br>
No, seriously, I think you have a lot of options for detergents. I use Bi-O-Kleen concentrate & love it, but I'm pretty sure other mamas use more mainstream detergents like the "free and clear" kind (All? Tide? not sure what the brand is).<br><br>
Have fun with your new dipes!
 

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I use 1/16 cup of Melaleuca laundry detergent (cuz its what we have), or 1/4-1/2 cap of regular laundry detergent (no whiteners, no added fabric softeners). The last couple washes, I've been using 1/2 cup of baking soda in the "prewash" or prerinse, and adding 1/2-1 cup of distilled white vinegar in the last rinse. Thats mainly because we were having stink issues -- and it seems to have cleared it up. I also recently cleaned the washing machine itself, so I think that helped, too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I use 1/16 cup of Melaleuca laundry detergent (cuz its what we have), or 1/4-1/2 cap of regular laundry detergent (no whiteners, no added fabric softeners). The last couple washes, I've been using 1/2 cup of baking soda in the "prewash" or prerinse, and adding 1/2-1 cup of distilled white vinegar in the last rinse. Thats mainly because we were having stink issues -- and it seems to have cleared it up. I also recently cleaned the washing machine itself, so I think that helped, too.</div>
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i was thinking about using vinegar too but then i read if you live where there is hard water it's bad.do you know anything about this?
 

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I really don't know anything about hard water -- I don't think ours is hard -- but I don't really know how I would find out either. Sorry!! But, I do know that the vinegar hasn't been a problem. So far.
 

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:LOL rocks in creek........I think my washer would work better than seeing if my grandma has that old wringer thing around from 'Little House' days too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Seriously though, Dreft?
 

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Stay away from the Dreft, far, far away. Some people have issues with free and clears, other swear by them.
 

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I don't know where to get Bio-Kleen or Melaleuca.....how about a more 'mainstream' approach? Like something I can get my mom to pick up w/10% employee discount at the local Target. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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We use Era, because it's what I like for the rest of the laundry... but we've used Cheer and Purex too. I think any regular detergent that Target carries will be fine. IMO the most important thing with diaper laundry is not the kind of detergent, but the amount. Use only 1/4 cap at the most with a hot wash and you should be fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was using All Free and Clear, but am having better results with SportWash (from Wal-Mart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: )
 

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I have been using Cheer Free for the last few months and have been very pleased with it. I have had stink issues with some detergents like Tide or other heavily scented detergents. Dreft can leave a coating on the diapers that effects absorbency. I think Free and Clear detergents are more a problems with fleece than with cotton. The main thing is just to not use too much detergent and to make sure it is all rinsed out.
 

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I use sensi-clean that I get from <a href="http://www.diaperware.com" target="_blank">www.diaperware.com</a> It's the same as sportswash you get a wal-mart..but I don't have to go to wal-mart and I'd rather support a WAHM. I've been doing 1/2 c. Baking Soda and 1/2 c. vinegar in a cold prewash and then 1/2 oz. sensi-clean in a hot wash w/ no stink problems, rashy problems. They've been coming out of the dryer super fresh and sooo soft! It's been great. One thing to remember is to not use BS w/o using vinegar, IMO. It helps restore the ph level in the dipes so they don't irritate your babes skin. I had been using just BS and was having a terrible time w/ rashes!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Sportwash - I get mine at the local "huntin' and fishin'" store.
 

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I use Arm and Hammer (the regular liquid kind not the Fabricare powder)
 

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Dreft is a HUGE rip-off. Check it out- $6-$8 for a little jug. I use purex free and clear for everything and it's usually ~$2.50 for a huge jug.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I got a gallon of Allens Naturally when we first got our dipes, and 4 months later have barely made a dent in it... course we only use one squirt per load, that might be why...
 
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