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Hi there,<br><br>
I'm wondering if I could pick your brains for advice and feedback on those of you that have well water and use cloth diapers? I'm now pregnant w/ my third kiddo, and have used disposables for my first two. I'd really like to do cloth w/ my next one if I can make it work.<br><br>
I've heard that there can be issues w/ well water (we don't have or need water softener) such as repelling etc. Are there tricks around this? What has worked for you?<br><br>
I also have a front load washing machine and live in a very shady/rainy area (so no line drying for me) . Not sure if those come into play.<br><br>
I appreciate your input!
 

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I have well water and have never experienced any repelling issues, I have however found it impossible to keep diapers -or any clothing for that matter- white!
 

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I have well water and I haven't had any issues with the performance of my diapers. My only problem is, like Pynki, I cannot keep them white! Mine are going dingy and turning orange (just like our bathtub!). Oxybleach hasn't worked nor has sunning. But it hasn't affected their performance at all so I'm not too concerned. I just may not be able to resell some of them.
 

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Well that's good to hear! Maybe I'll just start off w/ the diapers that aren't white anyway lol<br><br>
I wonder if the age of the child has anything to do w/ diapers staying whiter? I never seem to have any trouble w/ stains on clothing w/ breastmilk or leaks from diapers while I was solely breastfeeding, but once solid foods were introduced there was more of a challenge.<br><br>
Any thoughts?
 

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I grew up with well water in Illinois, so I feel your pain about the dingy whites! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><a href="http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=78736&catid=33275&trx=PLST-0-SEARCH&trxp1=33275&trxp2=78736&trxp3=1&trxp4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-SEARCH" target="_blank">Calgon Water Softener</a> works great on diapers--in fact, it's recommended for stripping them, so I would think that using a bit of it with each wash cycle would help to cut down on the yellowing. Worth a try...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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i have nasty well water too-- and have found a pretty strong chemical that I use in my tub and in my dishwasher called "iron out" I comes is a powder/crystal type form. I get mine at walmart. Beware it is extremely caustic like burn your eyes and nose nasty<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I haven't tried it on dipers yet but I do use it once a month on my whites and towels and it makes them sparkly white again. I guess if you use it on diapers I would just make sure to re-wash about 2wice in normal water to rinse all the chemical out for sure. GOod luck<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Bleach, bleach and more bleach! Seriously, I have semi-hard well water (until I got my water softener installed last weekend!!!) and my diapers get stinky and stains are hard to get out unless I use tons of detergent AND 1-2 tbsps of bleach in every wash.<br>
Now that I have softened well water my diapers are getting so much cleaner!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Bleach, bleach and more bleach! Seriously, I have semi-hard well water (until I got my water softener installed last weekend!!!) and my diapers get stinky and stains are hard to get out unless I use tons of detergent AND 1-2 tbsps of bleach in every wash.<br>
Now that I have softened well water my diapers are getting so much cleaner!</div>
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I could have written this. My diapers get so stinky, the stains are becoming more permanent and the fabric is no longer white. We are getting a water softenener in a couple months. I'm glad to hear there is hope of a cleaner diaper in the future. I never have used bleach but I think I will try it.<br><br>
I have Bum Genius diapers and I recently read on MDC that BG diapers are not good with hard water. I LOVe the BG diaper but if I had known that before I would have bought another brand.
 

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I've had no real problems with our well water. We do have a softener. I use pockets with fleece inners, and they do get a bit yellowed after a time.<br><br>
Here's what I've discovered about the orange stains - it's to do with oils. You notice it more on things that are in contact with body oils, or creams etc. So I found my hand towels got orange before the bath towels - white tshirts get the marks around the neckline - especially if I use sunblock or moisturizer - etc etc. Fabric softener makes it worse too. Using a pre-treater will help, but yes, sometimes Iron Out is the only way to get rid of the orange stains (and yep - don't breathe it in!!).<br><br>
We have a front loader too. I do copious rinse cycles. I do a cold/cold rinse, then a hot wash with 2 cold rinses, and then another warm/warm rinse. All this in addition to using very little detergent -about a tbsp. It's a lot of water - although still better than it would be in a drum washer. I'm not thrilled with the energy and water consumption - but I haven't ever had to strip the diapers (although some might point out that I'm doing a mini-strip every wash!!).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well that's good to hear! Maybe I'll just start off w/ the diapers that aren't white anyway lol<br><br>
I wonder if the age of the child has anything to do w/ diapers staying whiter? I never seem to have any trouble w/ stains on clothing w/ breastmilk or leaks from diapers while I was solely breastfeeding, but once solid foods were introduced there was more of a challenge.<br><br>
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I haven't found age to have anything to do with it. If you go with natural instead of white prefolds you don't even notice it. All my "white" prefolds just look "natural" instead of white. They're uniformily "natural" so I don't care.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">i have nasty well water too-- and have found a pretty strong chemical that I use in my tub and in my dishwasher called "iron out" I comes is a powder/crystal type form. I get mine at walmart. Beware it is extremely caustic like burn your eyes and nose nasty<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I haven't tried it on dipers yet but I do use it once a month on my whites and towels and it makes them sparkly white again. I guess if you use it on diapers I would just make sure to re-wash about 2wice in normal water to rinse all the chemical out for sure. GOod luck<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Bleach, bleach and more bleach! Seriously, I have semi-hard well water (until I got my water softener installed last weekend!!!) and my diapers get stinky and stains are hard to get out unless I use tons of detergent AND 1-2 tbsps of bleach in every wash.<br>
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Um... You guys realize where you are right? Judicious use of bleach is one thing, but to suggest harsh chemicals and bleach with every load... for things that go on your child's butt? Um... not very NFL -friendly. They're really JUST diapers. They catch poo and stuff.
 

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um... You guys realize where you are right? Judicious use of bleach is one thing, but to suggest harsh chemicals and bleach with every load... for things that go on your child's butt? Um... not very NFL -friendly. They're really JUST diapers. They catch poo and stuff.[/QUOTE]<br><br>
I agree that the harsh chemicals and bleach are not a good idea...however, I know where these ladies are coming from. My son gets bad rashes from the diapers and I know it has to do with how much mineral buildup is in the diapers. It's impossible to get out--stripping them has been VERY unsuccessful for me. Any other suggestions besides bleach? I have not tried the bleach yet because I didn't think it was a good idea.
 

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Well I really appreciate all the ideas and feedback. Thank you all!<br><br>
I remember the well water from growing up in Michigan and it's like night and day compared to what I have here in Oregon. Michigan well water was like rotten eggs and turned all our clothes orange! What I have in my current home is crystal clear (and delicious!) straight from a deep underground natural spring. I don't seem to have any trouble keeping our shirts, socks and washcloths clean, so maybe I'm in luck for diapers too? I'm crossing my fingers that the pureness of our water will help w/ these coloring issues.<br><br>
I am limited in my bleach use already w/ my laundry because we have a septic system. So, I'll have to get to some googling and tune in for more responses for some septic/earth friendly cleaners.<br><br>
I'm not so much worried about the whites being white as I am w/ repelling issues and as ranchchic mentioned, mineral deposits that can cause rashes.<br><br>
I'm glad I'm getting to my research now in the beginning of my 2nd trimester rather than in 4-5 months!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree that the harsh chemicals and bleach are not a good idea...however, I know where these ladies are coming from. My son gets bad rashes from the diapers and I know it has to do with how much mineral buildup is in the diapers. It's impossible to get out--stripping them has been VERY unsuccessful for me. Any other suggestions besides bleach? I have not tried the bleach yet because I didn't think it was a good idea.</div>
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Have you tried the washing soda and dawn or simple green? It works wonderfully well without all the harsh chemicals. I've had build up before, and we don't have it using this method to clean them. I've been CD-ing for over 4 years now, and washing soda and dawn leaves my kid's dipes fresh and clean with no build up and absolutely no stink. Even after they've been in the pail for 2-3 days they come out smelling like NOTHING!
 

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I use about 1/3-1/2 cup and a squirt around the washing machine of dawn. That's how I wash every load of diapers.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I haven't found age to have anything to do with it. If you go with natural instead of white prefolds you don't even notice it. All my "white" prefolds just look "natural" instead of white. They're uniformily "natural" so I don't care.<br><br><br><br><br>
Um... You guys realize where you are right? Judicious use of bleach is one thing, but to suggest harsh chemicals and bleach with every load... for things that go on your child's butt? Um... not very NFL -friendly. They're really JUST diapers. They catch poo and stuff.</div>
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Actually I use 1-2 tbsps of bleach every wash to keep bacteria at bay, not to keep my diapers white! That is not enough bleach to whiten at all. You do realize that most city water is "treated" with chlorine. In fact, I have seen the water people pour bleach in my parents waterwell for their subdivision. You might have bleach in your water if you don't have your own well and not know it! Hopefully it is not too toxic since millions of Americans are drinking it regularly.<br><br>
That small amount of bleach is not harmful to the diapers or the environment. I would rather use tiny bits of bleach every wash rather than chance my adorable little babes are sitting in bacterial waste infested diapers! If you have any stink after your diapers are washed and wet, then they are not clean. So you could still have living bacteria present in them (yuck) or just their nasty waste products (another yuck). No way are my ds's having that on their little tushes! I would rather use sposies than unclean diapers (remember, I am not worried about stains, just stink).<br><br>
I just suggest regular bleaching if you have persistant stink and/or rashes. I have been treated my FBs, PFs, sherpa fitted, and fleece outer/velour inner pockets with this tiny amount of bleach for over 2 years and my elastic and fabrics are perfect.<br><br>
And about the Simple Green; I tried that stuff but the color and smell really turned me off and it did nothing in my water. What are the mysterious ingredients in that stuff? I find it odd that it is considered "safer" than small amount of bleach. I imagine it is not made or tested to be used to wash diapers/undergarments, so I really question if regular washing with it is really safe. I would like to see some more data on that! For now I will stick with more detergent and tiny amounts of bleach (1-2 capfuls per full load). I have no rashes or stinkies!
 

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We have a 10 acre farm. It's just our well. Bleach kills the bacteria I need to have in our septic tank. Bleach isn't good for the environment. Ever. Period.<br><br>
You could use tea tree oil instead of bleach. It's better all around and kills the same bacteria that bleach does.<br><br>
Millions of Americans drink flourinated water too. Studies are conflicted as to whether that's a good idea or not.<br><br>
As I said judicious use of bleach is one thing. I use judicious use of bleach. I've had the same gallon of bleach for the last 3 years. I had to use it with the diapers before I went with the washing soda and dawn method of washing. I haven't had to use it since then. It's been 9 months now. You said you use bleach bleach bleach. That's a lot of bleach, and doesn't look judicious.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Actually I use 1-2 tbsps of bleach every wash to keep bacteria at bay, not to keep my diapers white! That is not enough bleach to whiten at all. You do realize that most city water is "treated" with chlorine. In fact, I have seen the water people pour bleach in my parents waterwell for their subdivision. You might have bleach in your water if you don't have your own well and not know it! Hopefully it is not too toxic since millions of Americans are drinking it regularly.<br><br>
That small amount of bleach is not harmful to the diapers or the environment. I would rather use tiny bits of bleach every wash rather than chance my adorable little babes are sitting in bacterial waste infested diapers! If you have any stink after your diapers are washed and wet, then they are not clean. So you could still have living bacteria present in them (yuck) or just their nasty waste products (another yuck). No way are my ds's having that on their little tushes! I would rather use sposies than unclean diapers (remember, I am not worried about stains, just stink).<br><br>
I just suggest regular bleaching if you have persistant stink and/or rashes. I have been treated my FBs, PFs, sherpa fitted, and fleece outer/velour inner pockets with this tiny amount of bleach for over 2 years and my elastic and fabrics are perfect.<br><br>
And about the Simple Green; I tried that stuff but the color and smell really turned me off and it did nothing in my water. What are the mysterious ingredients in that stuff? I find it odd that it is considered "safer" than small amount of bleach. I imagine it is not made or tested to be used to wash diapers/undergarments, so I really question if regular washing with it is really safe. I would like to see some more data on that! For now I will stick with more detergent and tiny amounts of bleach (1-2 capfuls per full load). I have no rashes or stinkies!</div>
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we have well water..wouldn't let city water even cross our property!CD'd all 3our last is still in cloth and I have had no issues with my dipes at all.I do use calgon water softner to help with stains and I also use Premium care Clorox usually once a week-I wash daily.<br>
All of my whites are white I would never tollerate dingy white<br>
I also have a front load he washer and they are awesome no problems with my dipes...wash in hot rinse in cold with an extra rinse if I add bleach.
 
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