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!!