Colours/darks Whites, including bed sheets Nappies
We live in a really hard water area, and budgeting is definitely an issue, but don't mind paying a couple of pennies more if it's going to work well.
I currently use Ecover for colours, and those tubs of Simply biological washing tablet/pod things for whites. Haven't started washing nappies yet, as awaiting imminent arrival, but planning on using Ecover. However, at 2 tabs per wash, the Simply stuff doesn't last all that long, and as Ecover isn't amazing, I'm wondering whether I'd do just as well with soap nuts or something?
Also, what quantities do you use of your detergent if you use, e.g. ecover? And do you put in vinegar or anything?
We're in a hard water area and I just use the EcoBalls and a Mag Ball to reduce the limescale.
Clothes done at 40 degrees with timesaver (you don't need all the rinsing as there's nothing to rinse), sheets/towels on the bed and bath setting on my machine, but at 40 and timesaver, and nappies also on the Bed and Bath setting but at 60 with the timesaver (bed and bath 60 is the quickest wash).
I put a cupful of white vinegar in the conditioner section for the nappies and sometimes for the towels to soften them. The 60 setting kills the bugs for the nappies, but I know lots of people do them on 40 and don't have problems.
I am really pleased with the EcoBalls. They don't get baby milk sick out of clothes very well, or grass stains, but I just put a bit of stain remover on those bits before they go in the machine.
It saves the washing machine over the long term, and if you use detergent, you don't need to use as much per wash (we also have one in the dishwasher). We've had to clean out the ball because of the deposits so it must be doing something.