We just purchased an High Efficiency (HE) washer machine last summer. I honestly thought I would NEVER purchase an HE machine. We had been needing to purchase a new machine for months. We didn’t purchase a new machine until the old machine literally died in the middle of washing cloth diapers. Yes, really!
So, the hunt for a washing machine was on. We currently had a stack able washer/dryer as the space was super small. Being that Riley was just a newborn we decided to go on-line when Sears was having a big sale. My husband insisted that we purchase a HE machine- I was dead set against it. Why you ask? I have heard HORROR stories of people who used cloth and would always had odor problems. I also had this image of diapers not completely cleaned- still having traces of bm (number 2)! Much to my husband’s disappointment we purchased a stack able thru Sears on-line.
Fast forward- we decided to purchase local and the sales person assured us that an HE machine would work just fine. Also, I didn’t realize that the dryer could stack on top of the machine. The transaction and installation went perfect. Now, the inaugural load. These were done by my 11 year old and Scott (hubby). They were so excited to try the new machine out that they proceeded to get a huge mound of laundry done. (This excitement has unfortunately ended and I am doing all the laundry- except for my son Hanz who folds/snaps/stuffs all the diapers!)
We use the Charlie’s Soap powder for our entire clothing and cloth diaper laundry and have never had an problems with odor or build-up. I do every week and half or so wash the inserts and wipes (not diapers) in hot water and add half cup of bleach. (I know the dreaded B-word.) I know many prefer not to use bleach so you can wash with bac-out stain/odor remover.
Now if you reading about Charlie’s Soap on-line there are a few people who say that baby has received a diaper rash from using Charlie’s. The rash is actually not caused by the Charlie’s itself but can be caused from 2 things:
2) We HIGHLY encourage disinfecting inserts, etc every 10 days or so. Bacteria build-up (usually lurks in inserts) will cause diaper rash. As Charlies isn’t a disinfectant it is recommended to disinfect every 10 days or so with bleach or bac-out.
Allen’s Naturally-For high efficiency washers use ¼ of the recommended amount.”
If your baby develops any rash when using a detergent please discontinue using and evaluate your washing procedure before continuing using the product. (Kelly’s Closet,Inc, DiaperShops.com,The Cloth Diaper Whisper cannot be reasonable for any occurrences when using a detergent product.)
A statement from Charlie’s Soap:
Manufacturers Note: “We have found that by following proper procedures with our detergents… we have remedied nearly all the problems. We know there can be a problem with hard water with our detergents” -Charlie Sutherland
For more information on how he machines work visit the following link and download this PDF document.