It used to take 2 cycles in my old dryer to completely dry my cloth diapers. In fact, my cloth diaper laundry became the bottlekneck of laundry day. Now my Duet spins my diapers so fast in the washing machine it takes only one 1-hour cycle to completely dry them.
Washing my cloth diapers is super easy with my Duet. At first I was kinda scared about using an HE machine. I’ve heard that HE front loaders cause ammonia stink in cloth diapers because they don’t use enough water, thus not cleaning the diapers completely.
First, I created my own cycle. This is my favorite feature by far!
I just went through and set it to:
*Hard Water *High Soil level
*Hot Temp *Extra Rinse
All of this makes the cycle last 2 hours, but my diapers are washed thoroughly and I don’t have to set it for an extra rinse manually! Plus, with the high spin at the end it takes less time to dry them.
My only confusion at this point is the detergent dispenser. I can’t use the Precision Dispense because that puts too much detergent on my diapers (not to mention I don’t like using liquid detergent on my diapers). But when I put powder in the tray where it says, “Put powder detergent here,” sometimes the cycle will end and there will still be detergent in the tray. This does not happen every time, so I don’t know why it happens at all. I’ll keep you posted if I figure out why it does this. I could easily remedy this by just putting the detergent in the drum with my diapers, but why would they say “put powder detergent here” if it doesn’t use it all? (And I am only using 2 T of detergent too, not overfilling it by any means)
Otherwise, my diapers are super clean! I have had this set for a mont now without any stink. I am enjoying them!
I wrote this review while participating in a test-drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Whirlpool and received a complimentary Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer to facilitate my review.