I am currently having an issue with detergent build-up (ammonia smell) and have never had this problem before. I have been using my ME diapers for 10 months and have never had to strip. I am thinking that the problem might be that we got a new water heater a month ago after the old one broke, and it is set at a much lower temp than our old one. Our old water heater was heating the water SUPER hot.. so hot it would almost burn my hand (I tried to turn it down and I actually couldn't do it!). Now I checked the temp of the hot water after the machine filled and it was about 40 C. (I read that ME recommends 70 C). I use 2 Tbs Washing Powder and 4 squirts Simple Green in my regular wash routine. I do a cold rinse, hot wash, then cold rinse with a little vinegar, and every now and then an extra cold rinse.
Here are my questions:
Should I change/lower the amount of detergent I use?
Should I turn up my water heater? If so, how much should I turn it up?
Just wondering if anyone had any issues like this and what you did. I know I will probably have to experiment with different things to figure it out.