Two things I want to mention. The first is that we have very hard water. It doesn't help with keeping the funky smell out of diapers.
The second is I am using a top load, non water efficient washer. I have never had success with getting my cloth diapers clean with a front loader or with a water efficient (uses small amount of water) top load washer.
After a little trial and error, I figured the proper amount I needed for my diapers. Some detergents I have used in the past I could not use the full load amount or it would not wash out of the diapers. I tried a half cap of the liquid detergent, and the amount for a full load. The half (medium load size) was never enough to keep the diapers odor free. I found that using the amount for a full load was the best for my washings. Each load of diapers I wash are always either a large or super load.
I have my normal routine. I always dump the soiled diapers and wash them off in the toilet. I soak my diapers overnight in plain water. Then put them through a cycle until the first spin. Once it drains, I start it over, adding the soap. I try to get any urine and fecal residue out of the diapers before the main wash. I then put them through the wash, with an extra rinse cycle.
The diapers dried both on the line and in the dryer, depending on the weather.
Vaska did a very good job of keeping the diapers odor free. Yes, I will occasionally sniff my diapers to see how clean they are. Previously, every few months I would notice my microfiber inserts getting an odor. I would then gather up all my diapers and strip them. They would go through about three wash cycles of plain water before the soap was gone from the diapers. So far, I haven't had the need to strip my diapers.
I'm not one to pretreat my diapers, because I don't want the soaps to absorb into the cloth, causing me to strip them more often. I did pretreat one insert to show the difference in the stain.
Without pretreating, and just going through the wash, it was not great at getting dark stains out. When the diapers were pretreated, however, it did a great job with the stains.
I included a before and after picture of an insert. This insert had been through many washes. It had been line dried as well as through the dryer multiple times with this stain. I put Vaska liquid soap on the stain. I let it pretreat for 24 hours. Then I put it through my normal wash with a load of diapers. I was amazed at the insert. The stain was gone. I was impressed at how well the pretreating did.
Overall, I am very happy with Vaska detergent. It did a great job keeping my diapers clean and free from odor.
Vaska liquid detergent is definitely one detergent I would be happy to have on my laundry shelf.
* I was given two free bottles of Vaska detergent for this review. This is my opinion on the product given. For more information on Vaska products go to their website at www.vaskahome.com *
** Originally posted here: http://ourbirthjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/05/vaska-detergent-review.html **