Hmmm...that is a big difference, Jackie! Maybe I will look into one of the other detergents then.
Mara & Joel, 2009
I've never heard of lemishine either.
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Mara & Joel, 2009
If you have hard water you should absolutely NOT use Charlies. We started out using Charlies and it was leaving gray streaks on all our clothes. Even if you're only using it on your diapers the fact that it leaves gray streaks means that its leaving something. The company even recognizes that it isn't really meant for those with hard water.
Wow. that picture is pretty telling, Jackie! I'm glad it wasn't just me with the Rockin Green...I thought there was something wrong with me that a hard water detergent didn't seem to be working!
Charlie's was leaving streaks on our clothes too, but it stopped/reversed when I put softener in (Borax, mostly, although I did buy and go through one package of Calgon).
Lemishine is intended for dishwashers...I had never heard of it either, and then suddenly everyone in town started complaining that their dishes were coming out white--I think it coincided with the removal of phosphates from all the dish soap. Someone mentioned LemiShine, and let me tell you: MAGIC. I was just wondering what it might do in laundry, because it definitely dissolves any and all hard water buildup on hard surfaces with no trouble at all! And is supposedly eco friendly. http://www.lemishine.com/
Oxy/vinegar soak: You can google around, but basically you just let them soak overnight in water with a whole ton of oxyclean and vinegar (it bubbles up and gets kind of hot) and then wash the heck out of them the next day. It really did work for me! But, like I said, it didn't solve the larger problem, and the stink built up again pretty quickly. It was a good stripping method, though. (I bet the stuff you can get is the same as oxiclean. I read somewhere you can buy bulk quantities of the same chemical that oxiclean is made of at pool cleaning supply stores for way cheaper...oxiclean is just a well-marketed brand.)
OK, will stay away from the Charlie's then!
Jackie, I'm thinking of trying that Crunchy Clean- it's a few dollars cheaper than RG for what appears to be more product! That sounds good to me! And I like that they have a hard water formula.
Thanks, Leigh. I might try any oxy/vinegar thing when I'm getting ready to pack up the diapers for our trip home. DD always ends up in sposies for a few days before a big trip so that I can get everything washed and dried before we leave. So maybe I'll start one day earlier with a soak.
Mara & Joel, 2009
If you can get ahold of crunchy clean I would try it. I don't know if it works with all kinds of hard water but we had zero issues with the very hard TX water (it was worse than Vegas and I thought Vegas was bad) and it worked when we traveled to AL, TN, and now NC (got a small amount to use for right now).
I'd be careful with using vinegar with hard water. Depending on why it's hard I've heard it could not help at all. However, I've heard good things about oxiclean (I'm sure any oxygen cleaner is fine) and hard water.
http://greenbabiesandglam.blogspot.c...stripping.html (though the lady who writes this blog is currently living in Germany and I have no idea what type of water she has, she's just a military wife friend)
Wow, Jackie, that picture sort of has me thinking I should try something else. I have always used RnG and have been encouraged to stick with it if I have not had any problems, which I haven't. I've been tempted to try another brand, especially if I can save some money. Maybe my next order will have to be for Crunchy Clean. Do you use the one for hard water?
Yes, I do. The hard water crunchy clean works with softer water too, just use less (worked fine when traveling).
Jackbenatural is who I order from. They said they'll have more in stock later this week.
Now you've got me all freaked out about my Rockin Green. Thanks, Jackie! I stripped my stash over the weekend because T's been leaking at daycare. I'm not 100% sure its the diapers and not user error but it was worth a shot. I did an OxyVin strip followed by a Dawn strip for good measure. I swear they look a lot brighter. Maybe Rockin Green was gunking them up. I'm almost out of it. Perhaps I'll get my hands on some Crunchy Clean.