new here...any advice?!?!

Stef - posted on 08/02/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




Hi Im new to cloth diapering. Im rather excited to make the switch and after a week I reget not doing so for my older children. My only problem is I have a HE front load washer w/ hard water...EEEKS I have a bit of a hard time getting the amonia smell out. I use a dry pail system. I had purchased a OXi-boost powder detergent and only use about a 1/4c. per load. I do light load on cold(rinse) and then wash on Hot/cold cycle...I also do an extra rinse. Any advice here? I hung them in the sun today and it helped a bit... I was just wondering if anyone out there has a solution for hard water? Im weary of using vinegar as I have pocket diapers and gDiapers with prefolds...(ps i love both really) Thanks any advice would be great!!!!


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Vilate - posted on 08/07/2009




yeah, if you add watersoftener to your wash then run the wash cycle over and over until all the buybbles are gone, then finish it out. this is the best way to strip your diapers! :) good one Jenny!

Jenny - posted on 08/07/2009




I recently learned to use Calgon (not the bubble bath) once a month to help with the ammonia smell in my son's diapers from my friend Sarah. Her store, Pinstripes and Polka Dots, is a cloth diapering website/store with a ton of helpful information. Under "Diapering Basics" there are several articles to help with all sorts of diaper laundry questions. They are on FB and also at Good luck!

Anne - posted on 08/05/2009




A website called Diaper Jungle lead me to use Country Save and I really like it. Rockin' Green is a new soap that was made by a CD mama, a lot people like it.

Jen - posted on 08/04/2009




Some of my favorite web sites to check out for additional advice and products: (all cotton diapers, "sized" prefolds, awesome!) (USA milled cotton velour fitteds, prefolds, and accessories) (great selection of products and accessories and a great blog to read, free shipping $99 and up) (free shipping)
And of course, check out etsy shops and Vilate's shop.
Oh, quick thought concerning your question, in addition to Tea Tree Oil (which I really need to try!) you might find Bac Out helpful. You either spray diluted Bac Out on freshly soiled/peed diapers before tossing them in your dry pail, or you can squirt a bit in the pre-rinse, or soak them for an hour or so before you let the prerinse empty out of your machine. Can you do that witha front loader? Well, anyways, Bac Out has live enzymes that "eat" the organic matter in your diapers (pee and poop) and help to get them really clean. But you HAVE to make sure your diapers are rinsed REALLY well, or it will eat your baby's skin when she pees or poops! Yikes, but it works really well and has helped my diapers tremendously.
I would def try the tea tree oil if I were you. I think I'll head to Wal Mart today for some. I personally like the smell (it is in one of my wool washes)

Vilate - posted on 08/02/2009




I have tried out this detergent and I thought it worked great! you could give it a try!

Homemade Laundry Soap by agapeluv a WAHM of ETSY!

-this was amazing! loved it! clean smell, super soft with no fabric softener, great for sensitive skin!

*her etsy shop "A New Creation" at

I really liked it! you could give it a try! You only use a small amount but it is great! :)

you can also add a few drops of tea tree oil in the wash cycle. it kills bacterial to help with the smell! Good luck.

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