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OK- What I have learned here about stripping/ build-up (feel free to add or edit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
1. Build-up is bad and can stink stink stink.<br><br>
2. Culprits may include front loaders, hard water, vinegar, baking soda, "free and clear" detergents.<br><br>
3. Fixes include Calgon and very hot water, Bac out, sun drying, Sensiclean, Sportswash, boiling if possible, Tide and the dreaded bleach.<br><br>
4. Lots of rinses are needed (until it is clear clear clear)<br><br>
Anything else?
 

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I would add to possible fixes:<br>
for fleece: scrub with dish washing liquid (such as Dawn)<br><br>
RLR Laundry Treatment<br>
Shout Oxy Power
 

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One thing that seems to have solved my buildup problem is homemade laundry detergent. I haven't been using it that long, but it's a low sudsing soap and doesn't appear to leave any buildup.<br><br>
Wish me luck.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> i wouldn't blame front loaders at all, you can get buildup with any machine.<br><br>
i've never had stinky builup in the year i've cd with my fl. i think the biggest culpret tends to be hardwater, not rinsing out well.
 

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OT a little but how do you make your own detergent? Is it hard and does it work well?
 

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I used to use this all the time before I had a baby (and traded in all free time). I made this a few weeks ago specifically for diapers because the buildup was getting unbearable. We'd been using Era because it works so well for stains from life with a baby, but it just wouldn't rinse out. I've used this laundry recipe or a version of it for regular laundry and it works fine for most laundry. I like it because it's very inexpensive, I know what's going into it, and has very little packaging.<br><br>
It's actually really easy:<br><br>
Grate one bar of soap (I use fels naptha because I had some and it works well for laundry but I think you can use any kind) and dissolve it in some hot water.<br><br>
In a separate container add 1 cup borax and 1 cup washing soda (not baking soda) to about a gallon of hot water. Stir till dissolved. Add the soap mixture and stir until mixed. It may become lumpy, but if you have a stick blender, it works really well to get the lumps out. I also added about a cup of Calgon and 20 drops of Tea tree oil for disinfectant purposes.<br><br>
I've seen versions of this recipe all over the web and there are all kinds of things you can add or not. I include the calgon because we have hard water and the TTO because I use it on diapers and like the disinfectant quality. You can add other essential oils and use just about any kind of soap that you want. I think the only essentials are Washing Soda and soap. You can also add more or less water depending on how concentrated you want it.<br><br>
FYI, borax and washing soda come in green and yellow boxes, respectively, and can be found in the laundry aisle at most grocery stores.<br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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