Cloth Diapers and Hard Water

For those that cloth diaper and have hard water I was curious about your washing regimen.

We have a basic top loader machine and at first I plan to wash every other day.

We've used natural detergents (from Whole Foods or Target) for years, but I'm looking into using something different since I've read mixed things about the brands we typically use (Ecover, Ecos, or Seventh Generation). I'm inclined to use Charlie's Soap but then I read mixed things about it with hard water and heard Allen's would be better, I've also considered Mountain Green. I just can't figure it out. So I wanted to hear from those that have hard water, tell me how you run your cycles, what detergent, etc etc


and it doesn't help that the detergent ratings I've found online don't exactly agree
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
We have hard water too so I will be checking out the responses you get.


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I use Charlie's and sometimes add a bit of Oxyclean (a charlie's small scoop). I do a cold rinse, a hot wash/cold rinse with vinegar in the fabric softener thing (c I put aking soda in our pail), and an extra cold rinse. In over a year, I haven't had problems. I've stripped in Oxyclean overnight twice, but it was mostly to satisfy myself that everyting is really clean than in response to any issues.
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I just ordered some Charlie's Soap and plan to get some vinegar to keep up in the laundry closet.
I was also thinking of keeping some baking soda around to sprinkle on the diapers.
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
FYI vinegar weakens elastic. So it's fine to use if you are doing a load of prefolds but I would not use it on covers or pockets or all-in-ones.
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Thanks for that tip Geeky! So far we have 6 XS BG Deluxe AIO and 3 BG OS Pockets.

Any tips for washing them for the first time. They need about 3-4 washes right? Can I just run regular cycles with the Charlie's Soap -- I won't need to do any extra rinsing since they're clean and new right?
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
I know that prefolds and natural fibers (especially hemp) need to be washed 3-4 times to get rid of the natural oils. I think for micorfiber stuff such as BG, one wash before wearing is enough. At least that is what I did, I think (it was a long time ago). I would just do a regular cold wash with a scoop of Charlie's soap and an extra rinse. (the extra rinse is not to get rid of dirt, it is to make sure that all detergent residue is rinsed away)
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I would just do a regular cold wash with a scoop of Charlie's soap and an extra rinse. (the extra rinse is not to get rid of dirt, it is to make sure that all detergent residue is rinsed away)
Originally Posted by geeky
That's what I wasn't sure about.

We've been using "natural" detergent and no fabric softeners for years so hopefully there won't be much buildup in the washer, but I plan to do our clothes and the baby clothes in the wash before the diapers anyway. I think the cotton babies site has tips for washing the diapers for the first time, I'll check it out.

I'm realizing it's really time to start getting ready. I need to make some decisions regarding the rest of the newborn diaper stash and buy something
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead

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