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    Default Could all our stink issues be due to...

    the fact that we use diaper detergent for diapers, but use regular detergent for clothes?
    I don't use fabric softeners or anything, BUT, the detergent we use for clothes is whatever off the shelf- I can't even read the labels (they are all in Lao or Thai), so I have no idea what is in them, and they are certainly NOT free and clear- not sure you can even get detergent like that around here.

    If so... what should I do? I mean, because, I have I think 1 more bag of Rockin Green left, and then I will be having to order more and having it shipped to us in Laos, which is going to SUCK, because the shipping alone is probably going to cost more than the detergent. So, as you can hopefully understand, using Rockin Green (or whatever cloth-friendly detergent that we have shipped) for our clothes as well, isn't really an option, because we just can't afford to ship that much over here.

    I just don't know what to do. But it has gotten so bad, that my DH who has a terrible sense of smell (I mean HORRIBLE, can't smell anything) even said to me last night, "Her pee has gotten REALLY stinky lately!"... He doesn't know what he's talking about, but it's not her pee, it's the diapers. Like I said on that other thread... I am looking forward to three weeks of traveling over the holidays when we will be forced to use sposies. They stink, but not like this!
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    Aaaah. We use Rockin' Green for everything. Its worth a shot. I've considered going back to using All free & clear for regular laundry but I'm too scared!
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    I was planning on using CD friendly detergent for all our laundry just for the convenience factor but I can understand how expensive shipping costs might make you hesitate to go that route.
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    The only kind I have heard of that you have to change all your laundry to is Charlie's Soap. Because of the way the detergent works, it takes the film off your washer and redistributes it onto the wash.
    I use Rockin' Green and whatever else for my other laundry (Tide, All, Purex, etc.) and have no problems. Is the water you use to wash them REALLY hot? I found my rash issues were about the temperature of the water. I had it on hot but it wasn't hot enough so I turn my water heater up all the way when I wash dipes and haven't had an issue since.
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    It could be the fact that you're using other detergents or it could just be that Rockin Green is not cutting for you anymore.

    I use a number of different detergents, Tide Free for mine and the boys stuff, and a deep clean stain remover one like sunlight or tide for DHs clothes, and of course diaper detergents for our dipes. I did have some stink issues, it would be okay for a day or two after I stripped them but then it would come back. I had to try a few different detergents but I think I've finally found one that works for us and keeps the stink away.
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    I know our water isn't hot enough, but I don't know what to do about it. There is no central water heating system in our house. Each tap that HAS hot water (only showers do, we don't even have hot water in the kitchen- we have the washer hooked up to the shower tap in the downstairs bathroom, which no one showers in), had a small electric heater. We have them all set to as hot as they will go, but, it is not very hot. Like, the temps here have dropped recently, to where I'm comfortable wearing pants instead of shorts, and I was kind of cold in the shower this morning. But, we also had stink issues when we were living in Angola, and we had a "sanitize" setting on our washer there that washed at like 95C (almost boiling). So....who knows. I just don't know.

    My bad, but DD sat in poop yesterday for too long (we were out and I just didn't notice it), and she now has the reddest bum she has ever had in her life. I feel so bad. I don't know if it's possible, but I feel like sitting against that ammonia made it worse. Would it irritate her skin? I'll have to google. So, she's back in sposies today. I am really bummed.
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    Yup, I just googled and found ammonia rash can be serious- and most often from night time diapers (which is a major problem for us- and of course those are her stinkiest diapers).

    Off to bang my head against the wall...
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    Ok, wait, so if I have hard water (which we do), I should be using MORE detergent? I wish I had known to buy Rocking Green Hard water formula when I was buying...but I didn't know. Should that help?
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    I always used clean-rinsing detergent on EVERYTHING because those detergents do strip and redeposit the crap from other detergents if you're washing them in the same machine. If it's too late for you to get the Hard Rock, you can get some Borax and just add it in with every load to help cut the hard water, but if using Rockin' Green for everthing is too expensive, and you can't get anything decent locally, I would definitely consider ordering a cheaper clean-rinsing detergent for your regular laundry.
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    I'm not at all attached to the Rockin' Green... I don't mind using any good diaper friendly detergent... but yeah, if we're going to use it for everything, it's going to have to be a cheap one.

    I did a long soak today with like 8 pots of boiled water (in the washer)... doing rinses now. We'll see if it makes any difference in my diapers.

    Wish I could get Borax here.
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