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  1. Telling people to use 1 TBSP of detergent on human feces? Shame!
    This most certainly will lead to rashes as baby will be sitting in their own ammonia piss.

    Don’t listen to this lady. In a front loader or regular machine, use a.cold prewash and spin with line 1 of a mainstream detergent like Tide, then a Hot heavy wash wish a FULL SCOOP of detergent. Dry.

    Your baby will thank you and people won’t tall about your nasty smelling diapers behind your back.

    1. She is using high efficiency Tide in a front loader and her loads are not full if she is running it daily. She also mentioned that she smells them and runs it again if necessary. Yeah if you had a full load and weren’t smelling them it would certainly be a different story.

  2. Hi three, I just bought a Maytag and am trying this for the first time today. What soil level do you select for the cold cycle and then for the normal wash cycle?

    Thanks for this info! Very helpful.

  3. Hi Jessica. Despite this being an old post, I decided to give it a shot and ask. How would you suggest to wash the diapers if my front loader does not have extra rinse cycles? Our washer is pretty old but I’m really trying to find a way to make this work, I think it could save a lot of money in the long run. Thank you and I hope you still check these comments.

  4. Thank you for posting this! I have always had a regular top loading washer and have loved it for my cloth diapers, but now that we are on an extended trip visiting my DH’s parents, and they have a top loader, I have noticed stinky diapers 🙁 I have been scouring the web for helpful tips and yours are great! Thanks!

  5. Yeah so this is why I gave up CD’ing after the EBF stage. We have a front-loader and we live in Holland. So no tips on what laundry product to use, what exactly is meant by “hot” by US standards, what exactly is meant by “bleach” (hahahaha turns out it is not what I thought it was here…). So THANK you for saying it out loud: things are different!

    One thing I can advise though, is to use the “sanitary” setting (which I assume means 80-90 degrees celcius, or what the Dutch machine fondly labelled “boiling wash”) for a different load of laundry every month or so (say towels, or anything that can stand that heat). That can really help get rid of some build up that may be preventing the dipes from getting as clean as you like.

    I will definitely be using the CD’s again for whenever #2 comes along (we have BG 3.0 pockets), and now I have finally found the type of bleach needed for stripping I’m hopeful we’ll be able to for longer.

  6. I have only ever used a front loader and never had an issue- even with my same old reliable Charlie’s Soap. I’ve never had to ‘strip’ and never had a problem. Cold wash, rinse, hot wash, rinse, extra rinse, done!

    I followed the BG instructions and they’ve worked for me for 3 years and 1 month with 3 kids in cds.

  7. I do a cold rinse, then a sanitation cycle followed by a double rinse. no problems 2+ years and now 2 kiddos in cloth. I don’t use disposables unless we are on vacation. Every 2 weeks, I strip the diapers (bleach).

  8. I learned to add water to the washer after it had finished filling. On my front-load washer, I simply add about a gallon of water to the washer while it’s running by pouring it in the soap dispenser. This helped a great deal with getting diapers out that smelled clean.

    I like the suggestion of no spin (or low spin) on the initial cold cycle. I’ll have to remember this when my second child comes next month and I get to start cloth diapering all over again.

    1. I never thought of putting water in the soap dispenser! Great idea. I don’t think I’ll really ever need to but good to know.

  9. I wanted to try part time cloth, but after reading tis, it Seems like a lot of extra work. I can hardly
    Keep up with laundry now! Any suggestions?

  10. I find it helps to keep the loads smaller. I have enough diapers to wash ever 4 days, but I find I have fewer problems and diapers seem cleaner if I wash every 2 days.

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