I should point out right here that my well-intentioned husband has been the one doing the cloth-diaper laundry for the past couple of months. When he offered to do it, I certainly didn't say no! (Who would refuse this, right?) We have been washing our diapers every 2-3 days, and they seemed clean. Nothing appeared to be wrong with them. We have a front-loading, HE machine, so we even rinse them more times than needed to make up for the water-saving features.
So last night, I was all upset about the persistent, recurring rashes, and I was talking to my husband about this, trying to figure out why this was happening. I asked him which soap he was using. He indicated he was using the right detergents for the diapers. Okay. Next question: How MUCH are you using? His answer: "Oh, a whole scoop. Sometimes more if there are a lot of poopy diapers." WHAT!? DADDY FAIL! I flipped out. You're not supposed to use a WHOLE SCOOP, especially in an HE machine! No wonder the kids were getting mysterious rashes! He used way too much detergent, causing a build-up in the diapers. Detergent build-ups can cause the diapers to not come clean enough, which can lead to what?...RASHES.
At least I finally got to the bottom of the rash issue. But guess what I am stuck doing all day today, and probably tomorrow, too? Stripping every single diaper in the house. Which has to be hundreds of them. Can we say Daddy Fail? So ladies, if your hubbies are willing to help, make sure they know what they're doing before you let them anywhere near the washing machine!