Elizabeth - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )
I'm using gDiapers with gCloth on my breastfed infant.
I have a high efficiency front-loading washing machine, so I'm having a hard time getting enough water into the cycle to effectively clean my dipes. I've resorted to "tricking" the machine into thinking it's a heavier load than it is by adding 2 towels to the load, and that does make a big difference. Still, if I wash say 25-30 dipes, 5-10 of them aren't really clean when they come out.
My washer doesn't have a soak cycle, but it has a prewash. I sat and watched the prewash one day, and it's basically EXACTLY the same as the wash cycle. It tosses the laundry in one direction for a few seconds, then it sits for 5 seconds, then it goes in the other direction, sit for 5 seconds, and so forth.
So what I'm doing to wash my diapers currently is
1. cold rinse
2. prewash (this can only be on warm)
3. heavy duty super soiled cycle (hot)
4. extra rinse
It totals over 2 hours, all said and done.
I was just wondering if anyone had an advice for how you deal with getting enough water in your HE washing machine. I thought about switching to a wet pail, but I hate to spend more money if I don't have to, plus I worry about the drowning hazard once he becomes mobile.