I am going over two new tips on washing that I have been experimenting with. Just to show how much I love solving washing issues (or how neurotic I am to do these things in my spare time, you make the judgment call on that one-LOL), I have been purposely “stinking up” my diapers and seeing what solves it quickly and easily. Two things I have found in the past month running experiments:
-As much as I love my liquid Tide, I have really found a new appreciation and am possibly converting to Tide powder. I shake a tiny bit of detegrent (really tiny amount, maybe half a teaspoon) in the pre-wash (warm or hot pre-wash), then add the rest before the wash cycle hits. Having a detergent boost in the prewash actually cuts down on the powder I have to use in the regular wash cycle.
-The second thing I have found, if you have a TOP LOADER (not an HE machine) and have trouble with buildup from too much detergent (meaning the diapers smell fine out of the dryer, but stink when fresh pee hits, meaning there is detergent being left behind), try the HE version of your detergent. As silly as it sounds, in my experiment of purposely using too much to create residue, I was able to fix it pretty quickly by using an HE detergent on the next few washes. HE detergents are formulated to be low-sudsing, and need less water to rinse out properly. If your washing scenario is sensitive to the amount of detergent you need to get the diapers clean, try the HE brand even if you don’t have an HE machine. Now, if you use regular detergent in an HE machine, you will quite possibly destroy your machine from the suds, but using an HE detergent in a regular top loader is perfectly fine.