Here's what I do to get the most water through my HE frontloading washer:
- choose the "water plus" option on the washer
- run a cold water cycle for about 5 mins or until I know the diapers are soaking wet. Then, I turn off the washer and restart the cycle. This way, the diapers are super heavy and the machine thinks it has a large load and adds more water. (Alternatively, some people add a few sopping wet towels to the load at the beginning to trick the machine in the same way. I find my way easier and less messy!)
- Take a bucket and pour water into the soap dispenser. The water pours directly into the washer this way. (My machine allows about 2 medium buckets of water this way, after that I get an error message and the machine drains all the water and stops the cycle). This way gets me the most water but is the most work and messiest.
We don't get stink too often, and now that we're using Thirsties Pre-wash I'm barely noticing stink at all anymore (maybe once every 6 weeks or so..and even then it's mild). When we do get stink, I'm pretty sure it's because my hubby has forgotten to fill the water softener with salt and I've been washing in extremely hard water for a week. One run of my inserts through the sanitize cycle takes care of it though :) I still dream of top-loaders some days though...
Anyone have another trick for more H2O??