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My experiments with my new front loader have finally ended and I'm happy with the results. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Firsly, I am using less soap... wayyyyy less soap. And the HE kind too. So, this is our new system:<br><br>
Rinse.<br><br>
Whitest whites cycle with a third of the recommended use for a small load (using the bottle cap) of HE Purex.<br><br>
Rinse.<br><br>
I was amazed. Nice clean diapers. NO stink! YAY!!!<br><br>
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Yay! I think washing routines can be hard to figure out with everyone having a different machine, water chemistry, types of diapers, etc.
 

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BTW, I love your siggy ZeldasMom! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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BTW, I love your siggy ZeldasMom! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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I have a front loader and I still haven't figured out a good washing routine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> It worked great when I was using just prefolds but since I've made the switch to fitteds everything stinks! I've tried stripping, baking soda, vinegar and nothing seems to help. I think I'm going to have to break down and order some Bac-out online. I can't find it anywhere up here.
 

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Sunflowermommy:<br><br>
Are you using very little detergent? Like 2 tbsp? And is your washer capable of heating it's own water or is your water heater turned up high enough to produce too-hot-to-the-touch water during your wash cycles?<br><br>
I've helped a few of my customers with washing problems and sometimes one of the things that occurs is that the hot water heater is turned too low or someone in the household just used all the hot water right before the diaper wash is done. This is often the case when diaper washes are run first thing in the morning.<br><br>
Hope that helps!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sunflowermommy:<br><br>
Are you using very little detergent? Like 2 tbsp? And is your washer capable of heating it's own water or is your water heater turned up high enough to produce too-hot-to-the-touch water during your wash cycles?</div>
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I do use only a couple tbsp of soap. My water heater is turned up pretty high but it can go higher. Maybe I'll try turning it up more and see if that helps. Thanks for the tips. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think I'm going to have to break down and order some Bac-out online. I can't find it anywhere up here.</div>
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Here is a good place to get bi-o-kleen bac-out if you can't find it locally:<br><a href="http://www.ecoviva.com/html/bi-o-kleen_laundry_cleaning_.html" target="_blank">http://www.ecoviva.com/html/bi-o-kle...cleaning_.html</a><br><br>
It also might not hurt to contact bi-o-kleen and see if they can tell you where to buy it locally. I get mine at Whole Foods:<br><a href="http://www.bi-o-kleen.com/contact.htm" target="_blank">http://www.bi-o-kleen.com/contact.htm</a>
 

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i have a front loader and even with only a little of tide he powder and calgon, i end up washing about 1-2x a month with a squirt of dawn instead - works wonders!<br><br>
i wonder if tide he liquid would work better?
 

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I was on the edge about buying a front loader. Will be the next one. Good to see routines that work well.
 

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How cool! I am experimenting too and that is kinda similar to what I'm doing now.<br><br>
I found some... ahem... solid waste leftover the other day, so I'm probably way overdoing it now, but there's nothing like finding poop in your washing machine to make you overdo washing!<br><br>
My system is :<br><br>
1. Rinse/spin<br>
2. Whitest whites w/ small amount of HE detergent<br>
3. Whitest whites w/ no detergent
 

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That sounds so similar to my routine, only difference is I split that same amount of detergent into the regular and prewash compartments and do a pre-wash.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How cool! I am experimenting too and that is kinda similar to what I'm doing now.<br><br>
I found some... ahem... solid waste leftover the other day, so I'm probably way overdoing it now, but there's nothing like finding poop in your washing machine to make you overdo washing!<br><br>
My system is :<br><br>
1. Rinse/spin<br>
2. Whitest whites w/ small amount of HE detergent<br>
3. Whitest whites w/ no detergent</div>
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I might actually try this method instead of just a rinse afterwards. The hot water in the whitest whites cycle will most likely get rid of more suds - a la shelly :LOL. I noticed tonight that the last rinse still had suds. Then again, dh admitted that he put a lot more soap than I was using. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I might actually try this method instead of just a rinse afterwards. The hot water in the whitest whites cycle will most likely get rid of more suds - a la shelly :LOL. I noticed tonight that the last rinse still had suds. Then again, dh admitted that he put a lot more soap than I was using. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
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It really is hard to get out of the habit of using lots of soap. Before I got my HE, I always figured the more soap the better (shows what I know).<br><br>
And, who knew that the detergent companies were making so much money by recommending people use more than they needed in there??? B*stards.
 
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