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How many diapers in a FL load?

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    Posted: 13 Jan 2012 at 1:46am
How many diapers do you wash in a load?  I have tried for two months to get clean diapers, but no matter what, they are still smelly.  I am wondering if I am washing too many at a time since I have two in diapers.  I usually wash every two days (hot cycle with bac-out, then hot with double rinse) in my front loader.  I am probably putting through 14 to 16 pocket diapers through at a time.  

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I have two in diapers and a front loader. I wash every 2-4 days, usually every 3. It is a bit of a challenge to get the diapers to come out without smelling. I need to use bac out in every pre-wash then do a wash with twice the recommended amount of detergent (allen's naturally) and a soak (it takes 1:40). Then I set it to the delicate cycle (which uses extra water) and do warm/warm/extra warm rinse cycles until there are no more bubbles. It usually takes 3-4 of these cycles, 9-12 water changes, to get all the bubbles out but once it's done there is no more smell. The other way I've done it is to use tide, when I use regular tide I only need one extra rinse. 

It might also have something to do with what you're washing. If your pocket diapers have synthetic inserts that might be part of the smell problem. It's difficult to get microfiber clean in any washer, let alone a front loader. I've found that I can only use cotton with some bamboo thrown in and I need to wash covers separately. I've had problem with smell when I have too many aios in the mix as well. If I use 100% easy to wash cotton, like flats, prefolds, or workhorse fitteds, then I have far fewer smell issues and only need a short wash routine.
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I used to wash large loads with my LO's were both in dipes for year and realized I had to wash them more often.  Medium loads worked so much better for us (dozen diapers).  I also found using a wet towel and throwing it in with the laundry helped immensely as it draws more water into the machine (calculates water by weight). 

I switched my cold rinse cycle to a delicate cold rinse as the delicate cycle uses more water as well. 

These steps help with our stinkies around here ;)  Good luck.  Front loaders suck for diapers :(


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You should be using your bacout in cold water as the hot water will kill the enzymes and it won't work.
I would suggest a cold rinse with bacout first - then the rest of your normal routine and see if that works.

I have an LG front loader and use microfiber and pockets - my routine looks like this:
Cold/cold rinse cycle (this uses the most water and where I would put bacout)
Hot/cold stain cycle wash (which includes a pre rinse and extra rinse after)
Warm/cold rinse cycle

I hope that helps!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minkeybuut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2012 at 11:31pm
Thank you very much!  I will try that.

Esseltess, when do you use detergent in your routine? All 3 steps? Only the middle?
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I usually just put detergent in the middle for the hot cycle but if I have a bunch of stinky poopy dipes I put a tsp. in with the cold rinse too!
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