You haven't answered about how many diapers you're putting in the washer at once.
For rinsing, you need a LOT of water, right- as much as you can get. BUT, for washing, you need the "swish" factor- you need the diapers to be swishing against each other- sort of rubbing against each other, washing each other! I actually have adjusted my wash routine in this way- I rinse on "large" and but wash on "small" (because I'm not washing that many diapers at once anymore, especially with DD PTing).
Anyway, with a diaper like that, that you could like make sure it's turned inside out for the wash? Like, even if that means leaving it snapped, but, turned inside out?
Mara & Joel, 2009
Mara there's some convo left out b/c we took some of it to our BB chat. Sorry! She only has 14 diapers total if I remember correctly.
Getting a different washer just for CDing sounds like a terrible pain ... but I'd do it because I'm crazy like that. You can easily pick up a used toploader really cheap. People are moving to the HE front loaders and selling their toploaders for pennies. Just make sure its a reputable brand and that its not tooo old. I think my washer is like 9 years old or so. I don't really know. I bought the set from an old roomate for $100 like 5 years ago. You could even sell your front loader, buy a top loader and have money left over!
14 diapers shouldn't be too many at all. I washed waaay more than that in my SIL's front loader and they washed up just fine.
Good luck, Anna. I hope you can figure it out!
I like Erin's idea of selling the HE, buying a cheap top loader, and having money left over!
Mara & Joel, 2009
Anna have you tried mixing your laundry powder with some warm water before putting it in the dispenser, I have a read a few things that say thats how powder should be used for best effectivness in a front loader, not sure if it's true or not. I use a liquid but am wanting to try soap nuts, too bad all my extra cash is goign to go on petrol for travelling this week,
Correct. Hot washing does not kill the bacteria. It helps the detergent work more efficiently and such, but it does not sanitize the diapers in the least bit. The hot water in residential water tanks does not get nearly hot enough and if they did they would destroy your diapers faster. However, sunning diapers does help a bunch!
Commerical diaper services use prefolds mostly because those can be washed at the very hot temps needed much easier than other modern cloth diapers.
Thats why my hospital uses terry flats, they can treat em mean and they keep on working.
I wanted to say that I usually wash about 14 diapers at a time in a front loader HE and am not having this problem. I think Anna's washer is not working correctly.
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It has to be the washer. Stupid piece of junk. When I stand there and watch it, it seems to be working fine, but it's not like I've spent a lot of time examining front loading washers for efficiency. I've tried everything I can think of. I've tried adding towels, wet ones and dry ones, to make a 'full' load of diapers, I've tried every setting on the machine, I'm using a liquid detergent, but I suppose I could add some hot water to it and then put it in the dispenser.
My routine now involves immediately spraying any poopy diapers, but not just spraying off the bulk amount, I have to spray and spray until I get every bit of poop off the diaper, and that means I have to stretch the elastic to make sure I get it out of all the creases and crinkles. Then I soak all the diapers in a bucket of hot water and agitate with my hands. Then I toss them in the washer and do the rinse, wash, double rinse. I bought some Calgon water softner, and have been using that as well. I then do a smell check and repeat the wash routine until I can't smell poop or pee anymore.
It's made me bitter about CDing though. Now I have to get a different washer if I want clean diapers. I should be getting special diaper detergent (I've been using ALL free and clear), I need to find some CD safe diaper cream that works on my kid since I apparently can't use anything you can buy in a store in this town. Basically, this CDing thing is turning into a huge nightmare and it's feeling less and less like it was worth the initial expense and now the other little expenses that keep sneaking in there and then all the hassle! I feel like all I do anymore is fidget with those diapers trying to get them clean and trying different things to see if I can get them to stop leaking everywhere, all the freaking time.