Posted by dawn renee on January 21, 2004 at 13:18:39:
I've just learned a trick from another site and wanted to let you all in on it. I have no idea WHY this works, so don't ask me about the chemistry.. I have theories but thats as far as my brain power goes for this one.
So here it is. To combat/avoid a buildup on your diapers use a squirt of Dawn dishsoap (thats right.. the stuff you wash dishes with) to the wash. It's a degreaser and will help to break up the detergent buildup on the fibers. It's especially helpful for diapers that either don't absorb at all (poly) or that absorb a LOT (hemp). Don't ask me why.. it just works.
Don't overdo it. Just a little squirt. Wash on hot. And remember to do extra rinces until there are no suds (remember there might be a few months of detergent in these diapers).
Hope this helps.. it certainly helped me.