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HE washer question?

Thu May 03, 2012 10:49 am

Okay, so I'm pretty sure I want to cloth diaper and am debating on doing it myself or hiring a diaper service.

My reservation on doing it myself is that I'm on a well (very high iron water) and septic with a HE front load washer (that I'm not really impressed with for regular laundry). We just moved back in November and my previous washer was the old fashioned top loader that used lots of water. I never had a problem with the cloths coming out of the dryer smelling dirty still, but I do with this fancy washer! I've done everything: cleaned it, bleached it, left the door open, use only Tide HE liquid but still I can smell armpit-stink in some of the shirts and wash them 2 or 3 times. So I doubt it's ability to handle diapers.

Any ideas? Suggestions? It's an LG, I'm thinking of selling it on Craigslist and getting a new set.


Tue May 08, 2012 1:23 pm

Sorry, I don't have any good advice, but didn't want to read and run. I've been hearing a lot of complaints lately for front load washer though, and I've heard they can be difficult for cloth diapers since you can't change the water level. I don't really know, don't have that kind of washer myself. I'm sure there are women who have made them work though, maybe just using extra rinse cycles. Good luck, I hope you figure something out and this doesn't keep you from using cloth!

Wed May 09, 2012 2:52 pm

I havve no advice as I have the old fashion top loading machine. Ours is about to bite the dust and we plan on buying another old school style JUST because of all the problems I have heard about HE and CDs. BUT I have also heard a lot of success stories about CDs and HE machines.

Fri May 11, 2012 6:55 pm

Thanks for the reply ladies! I guess I'm ready to get rid of the washer at least since I don't really like it for regular clothes anyway. There's a cloth diapering store about 10 minutes away so I may stop in there for another opinion on what to do.

I'm also considering a diaper service, which would be about the same as disposables cost-wise. We'll see... I have plenty of time to decide :D

Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:21 pm

I CD'd DD on septic and well with an LG front loader and didn't have any stink problems or cleaning problems. My washer has a "water plus" option to add additional water into the load, and I used a longer wash cycle with dipes. It's important to make sure you use good CD detergent, I rotated between Crunchy clean, Rockin green, and good ole blue dawn. I also sunned my dipes and that really helps with stains and smell. After a year, the microfiber starts to smell, but a soak in oxyclean overnight helped. I also used RLR in my load once a month as well. Washing your own CDs is super easy and I found folding them to be crazily therapeutic. I personally wouldn't go with a service because the amount of water and chemicals they use to clean the diapers pretty much negates the whole reason for me to CD.
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