I anticipated much struggle. I’ve read the bazillions of stories of moms saying they wish they had a top loader just for their cloth diapers. I went back and forth over whether to buy a TL or FL when my old-trusty died.
In the end, a FL made more sense (and they looked prettier :) ). I’ve followed the main “rule” and left the door open all the time. I’m also quite particular about cleaning the rubber ring with a cleaning wipe. Very disgusting when you wash poopy cloth diapers. **eta: the rule I am referring to is the most fix for the most common complaint with front loaders: mold. If you don’t leave it open mold will form on the inside and obviously causes some problems. All the information I read (and my mom’s advice) said to leave the door open. Easy enough for me.
I’m happy to say that after 2 weeks, I have yet to encounter a single problem. My machine (Samsung Steam) does not have an option to add more water but when I watch the cycle run there appears to be plenty. I do have a setting for an extra rinse + spin which I have used a couple of times.
I think the problem arises when you are not using a clean rinsing detergent. If I were using Tide or another mass-produced store bought detergent the likelihood of buildup is much greater. However, I have been using Clean B which is an all natural, low-sudsing formula. (Ingredients: sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium percarbonate & fragrance oils (if scented is chosen)).
I add 2 scoops of detergent and I am still running a prewash with Bac-out every wash.
Two weeks isn’t a very long test run so we’ll see how things look in a couple of months.
I’m also really enjoying my Buddha Bunz wool dryer balls courtesy of Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique! I have a review and giveaway coming soon!!