I’ve been trying to nail down my specific laundry routine and I think I’ve finally got it perfected. I start with a cold wash using 1 Tbs detergent (We use All Free & Clear) with 1/6 C. powdered Calgon water softener. I then follow that with a hot wash using 2 Tbs detergent and 1/2 C Calgon and an extra rinse. Thanks to Kelly Wels and her amazing team over at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer, I now know that we have extremely hard water – 14 grains- and the Calgon is necessary to really get the diapers clean. It’s also necessary since we use a front loading HE washer which weighs the laundry to determine how much water is needed for the load. Cloth diapers are so absorbent that when the water goes in it all gets soaked up by the diapers, and doesn’t really leave any water to do the actual cleaning.
I’m getting to be pretty good at this domestic stuff =)