What is that smell?? It smells like dirty barn mixed with nastiness.....
That my friends is what you get when you think your cloth diapers are clean, but in fact they are not. Really? Yes, the amount of detergent you have been using, or the ratio of water in the washer to the detergent may not be correct. But how can this be?! Based on many hours of scientific, aka blog reading, I thought I had it figured out.
Thanks to my mommy friends' suggestions I decided to change one variable of my wash routine, the detergent. I switched to Eco Nuts and I love them. Now, I love them because they work for me, and my water, and my washing machine, that does not mean they work for everyone.
This is my wash routine: I wash about every other day
About 13 diapers (mix of flour sack towels, prefolds, MF inserts, and Grovia soakers/3 or 4 covers/wetbag)
Large/Cold water/no detergent/max time reg. cycle
Large/Warm water/5 Eco Nuts- in their pouch/max time perm. press cycle - that has a second spin cycle included (NOTE: make sure you take the little pouch of Eco Nuts out of the washer when the cycle is done, they can sometimes "bleed" if left to sit--Aww you mean I can't start a load and go to bed....)
Dry on the line, or in the dryer with wool dryer balls and No dryer sheets
Don't go crazy trying to figure out what detergent you have to use. Remember, avoid super hot water, and super high heat, pick a detergent that is gentle and try to avoid optical brighteners (even Tide will do....gasp!), and good luck!
Check them out here: Eco Nuts
Read more about washing cloth diapers here: How to Wash Cloth Diapers
Some Cloth Diaper Detergents here: Detergent List
About Laundry Additives here: Laundry Additives