After having washed our diapers in the new Whirlpool Duet front loader for over a month, now, I feel like I can adequately gauge how well it washes them. And? Unfortunately, it does not compare with our old 1990′s top loader. It washes our normal clothes just fine, but I can honestly say that the diapers are not as clean as they were with the top loader. I have experimented a LOT with different washing regimens and routines, but I just don’t think they’re going to get to the level of cleanliness that they did before. That’s not to say Knox is sporting rank diapers or anything- they smell fine, the issue is that we’re getting a lot more staining.
Before we got the new machine, barely any of his bumgenius diapers had a stain on them, and if they did, it wasn’t noticeable to the average person (just to my stain-obsessed eye). Now, a good 1/4 of them have some sort of stain, which I despise. My current wash routine is as follows:
-”Rinse, drain, spin” cycle on cold with an extra rinse (low spin)
-”Whitest whites” cycle on hot with 1 tbsp Charlie’s Soap and extra rinse (medium spin)
-”Whitest whites” cycle on hot with soap and an extra rinse (high spin)
I’ve taken that last scoop of soap out, and it seems to work better with it. The whole spin thing is because if you do a low spin, less water is removed which makes the diapers heavier, so the machine adds more water to the cycle. One good thing is that I don’t get nearly as many “diaper chains” where the velcro all gets unstuck and you pull out a string of 20 diapers, which means they don’t look as worn as quickly. Also, our water bill is about $30 less, so yay for that! However, I am at a loss as to what to do to get these things CLEANER! I would love any advice on this subject. Maybe I should try some different detergents? I have heard a lot about Rockin’ Green and wonder if it would work better for us with these new machines. Halp!
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