Mothering Forum banner
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
850 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi there<br><br>
Now that we have skunk-bottom in our house, I'm reading all the calgon threads but they all talk about hard water being a major cause. We have soft water, pretty chlorinated & acid. From what I have read, I can't see how a water softener can solve this?? We do pretty basic laundry, no special treatments or fabric softeners, unscented liquid detergent.<br><br>
Does anyone have experience or recommendations for this situation? TIA
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,527 Posts
How much detergent are you using? From what I understand soft water makes more effective use of the detergent so you need to use less.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
609 Posts
Pardon me for asking, but what kind of smell is it? Skunkoid as in poopy smell? If that is the case, they might not be getting clean.<br><br>
Are you sure your water is soft? Don't mean to make you feel like you don't know, but many people don't.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,202 Posts
Is it a really strong ammonia smell, or just a strange skunky smell without the ammonia, or both? Are these thick hemp diapers or just regular prefolds and cotton fitteds?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
12,839 Posts
We have soft water, too- and you need to use less detergent if your water is very soft. My hemp dipes stink periodically even with soft water. It helps to change detergents, too. Sometimes just the detergent change will do it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
850 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Sounds like you guys have more ideas about this than I ever could! Thank you for taking the time to worry about my laundry for me...<br><br>
The smell is like what you might get if you fed your kid asparagus - and dd really does smell like a little skunk! It's not a poopy smell (these dipes only get peed in).<br>
We are mostly washing ME OS and bedwetters.<br><br>
We use about half what they say to for detergent already. It's store-brand fragrance free right now, but we change every now and then. I grew up with hard water so I feel confident this is not it - I remember scale and all that good stuff. However, I have read that hard water is very good for women because you get minerals in every glass!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,202 Posts
ME diapers tend to hold on to stink because of the polyester content. Try a HOT HOT LONG soak with a scoop of Shout Oxy Power. Then rinse and dry as usual.<br>
ETA:<br>
I have soft water and ME diapers, too, and found that I only need 1/4 C of detergent and do better if I do an occasional first rinse with vinegar and then a second rinse with nothing. Even if I don't use the vinegar, I always do a second rinse. Also, I always do a pre-rinse and a hot wash with detergent before those 2 rinses. No stinky ME here.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
850 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Kermit, I'll give your system a go - and thank you very much for sharing it.<br><br>
I was thinking: can you imagine how long it would take for 2 mothers with soft water and ME diapers to meet each other - if there was no MDC?? It's *such* a great thing!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,938 Posts
Grr . . .I know the soft water stinkies. I get so frustrated because I solve the buildup problem, and then it strikes again! I wish I knew "excatly" how much detergent is the right amount. I'm back to considering flats again because I'm getting sick of this! That, and everything (I only have prefolds and quick dry fitteds) takes forever (90 minutes) to dry, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,087 Posts
Ya know, after dealing with hard water for 8 months, I now have the soft water problem(I moved on the 1st) First thing I did with the diapers was strip them, it took about 4 complete wash cycles to see no suds in the water. And now, I'm trying to figure out just how much soap to use(I'm noticing that I don't have to use much at all) to eliminate the "stinkies".
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top