cloth diaper detergent question

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cloth diaper detergent question

What do you all use on your cloth diapers? I have used Rockin' Green since the beginning but I am starting to notice the occasional smell after washing. I have rocked a soak but that didn't make a difference.

We think Jordan might be allergic to All Free and Clear. We had an episode of hives a while back and it seemed as though there was a connection to fabric touching her skin.

What do you use? Where do you buy it? What type of water do you have?

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Hey there! We do not cloth diaper but we do have to run two rinse cycles no matter what type of detergent we use, otherwise she will get a rash where the clothes touch with any friction, like the crook of her elbow and the back of her neck. We also can't use anything with velcro because that will cause her to break out as well.

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We use Rockin Green. I buy it from our local CD store because it's what they reccomend. Our water changes based off the snowmelt, so I have no idea what is really is.

Do you use bleach? Sometimes when I have issues, I'll do a bleach cycle with a rinse, soak, wash on sanitary, rinse-whatever my washer does, I do it. Then sun to dry.

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Sounds like you need a wash in Rockin' Green Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer. Smile

I'm using Rockin' Green this time around. I tried multiple detergents last time (Charlie's, Allen's, Country Save) and we always had a bit of funk.

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We have hard water and use Crunchy Clean on our diapers. I buy it from Jack Be Natural online. We use all free and clear on everything else.
If you're getting stinkies, all of the detergent may not be washing out. I had to run a bunch of hot washes on my fitteds before because they don't like rinsing clean (all the layers I guess). It got bad when I was messing with detergents. Not as much of an issue now that I'm sticking to crunchy clean.

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We use Arm + Hammer for Sensitive Skin with a squirt of Dawn dish soap. I usually get it at Target and we have well water.

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"joysiloo" wrote:

Sounds like you need a wash in Rockin' Green Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer. Smile

I'm using Rockin' Green this time around. I tried multiple detergents last time (Charlie's, Allen's, Country Save) and we always had a bit of funk.

I forgot about that stuff. It's too bad I just ordered two bags of RnG a couple of weeks ago. I am surprised I am having issues b/c RnG had worked well for us for so long. I am apprehensive about switching b/c I really don't want to go through weeks of trial and error with a number of detergents. Especially with Jordan's very sensitive skin.

I'll also keep in mind about doing some extra rinses. I have gotten by so long with a simple routine so I'm sort of lost now that I am having this issue. It's nothing major but I want to take care of it before it gets worse.

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"AshnBill" wrote:

We use Arm + Hammer for Sensitive Skin with a squirt of Dawn dish soap. I usually get it at Target and we have well water.

We have a front loader so I'm pretty weary about putting Dawn in there. I've only stripped with Dawn in the bathtub.

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"Kayla1981" wrote:

We have a front loader so I'm pretty weary about putting Dawn in there. I've only stripped with Dawn in the bathtub.

Yeah, I would be too! We have a top loader.

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Do you do a pre-rinse? With my front loader, since it uses so little water, I find a pre-rinse with no soaps does wonders! Then the diapers are being washed in cleaner water. The second rinse is a must for my washer too.

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Yes, I always do a prerinse (sometimes even a quick wash) and then a hot wash with an extra rinse.

Maybe I'm not using enough detergent? I always use one full scoop but today I tried about a scoop and a half and the stains seemed lighter and no smell. I may try that for a few washes and see if that helps.

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Have you tried sunning them? The sun should get rid of the stains and if the smell is a bacteria issue, it get rid of that too.

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I used to use 7th generation free and clear: http://www.seventhgeneration.com/Free-and-Clear/Laundry-Detergent

Worked fine for Evie the entire time she was in CDs.

I had Bum Genius CDs so I followed the directions for stripping, using dawn dish soap, it turned out ok, but I made sure it went through 2-5 extra rinses to ensure ALL the soap was out.

I have never sunned CDs, but my mom used to hang laundry and even rugs and duvets out in the sun "to kill germs", so I would agree with sunning CDs to kill bacteria, if that is the cause of the smell.