Obama is Following Foot Steps of George Bush

I think I went too long without washing my diapers last week and now several of my bumGenius all in ones (and some of my other diapers) smell like mildew and poop. I ran out of Rockin green so I have been using some eco-nuts soap nuts that I had bought several months ago. They don't seem to be making a dent in the smell at all. Its just getting worse and worse. Today when I washed I tried using borax in the pre-wash. That didn't seem to help either. I have a front loader machine. I am afraid that my stupid washer might be contributing to the problem. It has mold inside it (on the rubber part where the water drains out). I have scrubbed it with bleach but it doesn't come off at all). Any ideas (for either problem--mold in the washer or mildew smell in diapers)? I don't have any dawn and I can't boil all in ones. do you think some bleach would help? Here's what I have on hand: soap nuts, allens naturally laundry soap, trader joes laundry soap, borax, clorox 2, bleach, washing soda, vinegar, tea tree oil, some natural dish soap, and thats all I can think of that could possibly help. I don't have much money or time to buy anything else.

I think a hot wash with a little bit of bleach and then lots of rinses would do the trick. As for the mold in the washer, this is what got rid of mine:

I had to use all 3 tablets the first time (as instructed) to get rid of it all, but it was worth it (you are suppose to use one tablet a month). We bought it at Home Depot, but I just noticed the other day that they had it at my local Bloom (Food Lion) grocery store. Also, you should leave the door of your machine open to let it air dry to prevent the mold.

I don't have tide, nor do I plan on buying any. Its too expensive and I feel like other detergents would work just as well (allens or trader joes would probably be fine as far as detergents go, I used allens for a year without any problems but then I got caught up in the rockin green craze which was fine and one bag worked great for 7 or 8 months but now that its gone I wanted to use up the other things I have which I heard were good for cloth diapers).

I don't have any dawn but I could try to have my husband pick some up tomorrow lovely 2 year old dumped oil press machine our entire bottle of it down the drain). I wonder what makes dawn work better than other dish soaps. Like the natural one we have, or the ajax one we have.

I also found some biokleen bac-out and some bumgenius odor remover that I already have. Oh and hydrogen peroxide. LOL Thats similar to oxyclean, right? :D yeah, I am getting desperate to not spend any more money.

Oh, and thank you Laura for the advice on the washer. That is a problem that needs dealt with and I know that those affresh tablets probably are about all I can do at this point. It needs cleaned desperately anyway, even without the mold. We've had it for 2 years now and it seems to be running almost 24/7! LOL And I know I need to leave the washer open when I'm not using it. I think I accidentally left a couple loads of wet clothes in there overnight a few times and thats what caused this. Otherwise I usually leave it open and even oil press machine wipe it out with a towel. I knew this was a common problem in HE front loaders and was trying to avoid it.

Have you tried stripping your washing machine? The mold in there can sometimes feed off of detergent residue left in the machine, so unless you can get rid of the residue, it will keep coming back.

run it a couple of times with hot water with nothing in it. You can add bleach or vinegar - both will kill mold. I wouldn't add both at the same time, but maybe run it once with bleach first and once with white vinegar. If you want to do overkill, use the soap nuts in the next load with vinegar and hot water and nothing else - soap nuts also have some antifungal properties. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional. Please review the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use before using this site. Your use of the site indicates your agreement to be bound by the Terms of Use.

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