I'm still here! (And need help with poop)

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I'm still here! (And need help with poop)

Just felt the need to say that. Smile I have been MIA for so long with moving, and going back to work. (sheds tear) But I'm still here and A&A are still in cloth, even at daycare! I have had to use sposies a hand full of times when I didn't get the night time diapers washed and dried fast enough. But those have been few and far between.

I am having a problem with my diapers though, and I don't know what to do. For about 2 months now the poop particles haven't always been coming out in the wash. (Pockets) And even ones that look clean have been smelling like poop. We have a diaper sprayer, and spray before washing. I do a cold rinse. Then a hot wash, and double cold rinse after. We used to use Charlie's Soap. But all of a sudden Aiden got some bad blistering after peeing in his overnight diapers-- what I could only guess to be amonia burns. I stripped the diapers (with blue dawn and RLR- rinse, rinse, rinse, repeat over and over.....), switched soap, and haven't had that problem since. All of this happened at the same time we moved, and had to get a new (used) washer/dryer. We only moved a few miles down the street, so the type of water didn't change.

Here is what I've tried:
Double rinse, Hot wash with cold rinse, then re-ran a full wash/rinse on Cold/cold with no detergent. Didn't help. Tried running a Cold/cold wash as the initial rinse (no detergent), Hot/Cold with detergent, Cold/Cold wash as rinse. Didn't help. Tried adding more soap. Didn't help. Tried changing soaps--- have used Tiny Bubbles, and now Planet. Didn't work. I have tried stripping again, but it didn't work for the stink. I use TTO in the wash occasionally. Sunning doesn't always get the smell out. And if they smell coming out of the wash, doesn't that mean they aren't getting clean? I have bought more diapers to have as back ups so I can continue washing the ones that aren't getting clean.

I've considered that perhaps the water isn't getting as hot, but it gets pretty hot. I thought that maybe it was because their diet changed. Although, they have been eating no purees, and all solids (save bfing) since mid October. They did start weaning themselves around mid Jan (just before the problems started), finally ending about a month ago (so bittersweet). I thought it was the detergent, but both Tiny Bubbles and Planet have great reviews..... Now I'm wondering if it might just be that the washing machine doesn't do as great of a job. But all of our other clothes seem to be just fine.

I'm just at a loss. What am I missing? What can I try next?

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Have you tried boiling the inserts? That helped us a lot with our smell problem from using a borrowed washer and different detergent all winter. Ammonia smell is commonly from a buildup of detergent and junk from water. Though you talking about a poop smell makes me think not enough detergent is being used. Beee

We've still have random blistering with DS from night diapers - even with new or freshly stripped diapers. He has zero issues during the day, so for now we're in disposables at night to see if he ever blisters again. It's like any wetness against him beyond a few hours may or may not irritate him. I feel like I'm flipping a coin with cloth at night! *sigh*

I did read somewhere over on Diaper Swappers once that microfiber inserts should be replaced every 6-12 months. Just a thought though I don't know anything beyond that really since we only have 4 microfiber inserts total over here.

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That they smell like poop right after being washed has me befuddled. Maybe the agitator on the "new" washer isn't as effective? How large are the loads you are washing? I imagine with twins you have a LOT of diaper laundry. Maybe try reducing the number of diapers you're washing per load?

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I generally try to wash a "Med" load on an extra large setting. Sometimes there are more diapers, but I never fill it completely.

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I'd try increasing detergent first. See if that solves the poop smell. At least with pockets it's easy enough to deal with detergent build up - boil the inserts! Okay, so it's time consuming but it works without guesswork.