For those of you that use Rockin Green... does it actually make suds in your washer?
I know (now) that we have hard water.... but could it be that it is SO hard that it's basically rendering the detergent useless? I'll be back in the State in two weeks time, and I can stock up on Rocking Green hard Rock (or whatever the stuff is called that is meant specifically for hard water) then... but I guess to some extent I want to know that it will make a difference.
My husband, a smoker with a HORRIBLE sense of smell, a complaining about the ammonia diapers again... said the diaper bag (which we now keep open to keep it aired out a bit) almost knocked him off his feet. I've been having to bleach my diapers once every couple of weeks to keep the ammonia at bay... it can't be good for the diapers.
I hope I can find a solution!
So... like I said... does your CD detergent actually make suds during washing? (I have a top loader, so it's easy to check, and I saw NOTHING.)
Mara & Joel, 2009
I don't think that mine does, we have a front loader and I use very, very little soap. Never noticed suds.
We have exceptionally hard water and I don't ever see suds. Even when I stripped with Dawn I was surprised by how little sudsing action I saw. But just because you don't see suds doesn't mean its not doing its job. If you're adding more because you think you need to see suds, you could in fact be adding too much detergent and that's what's causing the build up. I typically add a touch less than 2 tablespoons and I'm washing about a medium sized load on the large load setting. I also have a top loader. I wash on "large" to get better rinsing action.
I don't see suds when I strip with Dawn either (which makes it very difficult to rinse until there are no suds left...). I'm not adding more because of not seeing suds. I've pretty much tried everything... washing with very little soap, washing with a lot of soap, hot rinses, cold rinses, hot washes, cold washes, extra washes, and ten billion extra rinses, rinsing on high water, washing on lower (to increase the "swish" factor), and washing on high water... (and every combination thereof)... and here I am still- ammonia so strong it's knocking my sense-less husband out.
Some days, it feels like the world just hates me. I was just hoping that maybe I could put my finger on something here. But I guess not.
Mara & Joel, 2009
The only thing that ever worked for me to really get the smell out was the oxy/vinegar soak trick. Did you try that one yet? It built up again pretty quickly after, but definitely did seem to work.
Super frustrating, I know...after all, with that plus permarash, I quit
I still kind of wonder about putting lemishine in the wash. They don't claim you can, but man that stuff is AWESOME for hard water...we put it in with our dishwasher soap and never get spots, and you can sprinkle some in the toilet overnight and the hard water stains just disappear--NO SCRUBBING. I have no idea what it would do to diapers, but...might be worth a last ditch try? Maybe on just one diaper? I don't know...I was seriously considering trying it at the end there.
Does the heavy ammonia smell coincide with Beni's teething t all? Ronin's urine stinks to high heaven when he is cutting a tooth and I notice a stronger smell in his nappies which can linger. I use a eucalyptus based wool wash for my nappies which is working well, no build up. I also have a way to make Rockin green at home, just haven't got around to it yet.
I have decided that I hate rockin green with a passion. Used their hard rock for 3 months and never again! I'm not even willing to finish the package I hate it so much. My diapers don't seem clean with it at all. Now that I have an address again, I'm ordering Crunchy Clean online this weekend! It works very well with extremely hard water and if I'm traveling to softer water areas it still works great.
I always lift the lid while the washer is running and check if there's any swirling in the water if that makes sense. Sometimes I have to scoop out some water and look at it and if it's not clear I keep washing/rinsing
Wendy, I'm not sure about the teething. She is cutting molars now (the dreaded two year ones), which have been a pain for sure... but I don't know if it's made a difference with the diapers or not...
Mara & Joel, 2009
Being an aussie who uses cold water most of the time for nappies (every now and again I will do a warm wash or the few times I have had to strip wash have obviously been hot) and we don't get many stinkies, mainly when we get that super smelling teething pee and even then I get rid of it asap in cold most of the time if I can get a good wash and sunning in. Could you borrow some soap nuts from your SIL, I have heard amazinf things about them, I just keep forgetting to order them
Also forgot to say, for the cost of Rockin Green I haven't found it to do anything super amazing, though I do buy a sample when I need a good soak for any reason because it does seem to do really well with that
Mara, I thought at first that it was cleaning my diapers just fine. And then I pulled out my previously heavy used diapers that had been put away when we moved into the apartment (so had never been washed in RnG). I definitely saw a difference! Made me feel so upset that I thought they were looking clean, but they clearly weren't when compared.
I took this picture of two of my Kawaii bamboo inserts. Left was RnG and the right was one we weren't using while in the apartment.