how are you ladies cleaning your cloth diapers?

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Kristina - posted on 07/11/2011

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Cold rinse, hot wash with Rockin Green, then into the dryer on cold air. I don't know why anyone bothers with some many rinse and wash cycles, it seems like a waste of water.

I use Funk Rock to strip my diapers every 4-5 months and have never had leak/smell/or any other issues.

Cyndel - posted on 07/11/2011

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@Sharon...what brand are the wraps? and are the pul or fleece or some other waterproof materiel? Do you hang dry or dry them in the dryer?

Sharon - posted on 07/10/2011

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im having a hard time getting the smell out of my diaper covers..i have 3 water resistant wrap-style covers and several Gerber plastic pants (that go over traing underwear)

Kristy - posted on 07/05/2011

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Wow...I use hot/hot and wash them with homemade detergent and some bleach. Must take some of you all day to wash diapers..

Cyndel - posted on 07/03/2011

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I spray the poopy ones off in the toilet...cold wash with home made detergent (when I can afford it...apartment laundry mat), hot wash with detergent, white vinegar in a downy ball once every week or two esp if I'm gonna be sunning, drier on medium for an hour. Sometimes will sneak in a sunning on the deck (kinda against the rules =P). I have trouble with stains which is why I sneak in the occasional sunning but they get really clean!



Anything with PUL is hung on a rack in my bathroom to dry.

Teresa - posted on 07/03/2011

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Cold rinse (for stains), hot wash with Tide, two rinses and line or dryer. Depends on weather.

Mazy - posted on 07/02/2011

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I built a sprayer (like on the kitchen sink) to the tank of my toilet to spray solid wastes in (no more dunking!) then store them in a "Simple Human" trash can with baking soda thrown in. When the can is full (every 2-3 days since I have two kids & only do EC part time) I put them in the rinse cycle with the spin turned off. Then wash in cold water with the rest of what ever load is next to be thrown in (colors, whites, doesn't matter to me). I used to make my own detergent out of Castille soap, but my son got rashes, so now I buy Purex (it's not bad). If it's a load of whites then I use hot water wash (cold rinse) with OxyClean. Everything is line dried (unless it's Dec-March). Never had any issues & nothing is ever stinky!

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I rinse then soak untill wash time. Then i run a normal wash, hot wash cold rinse with Tide (normally not recommended for cd, but its the only one my daughters not allergic to), rinse again then dryer for the inserts, and line dry the covers. Sometimes if they are really bad I'll wash them twice on full cycles.

Wilma - posted on 06/21/2011

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Seems like I have to do a few more rinses with my nappies...thanks for the help!!!

Sarah - posted on 06/20/2011

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@ Majaliwa do you use tide powder or liquid detergent? just curious if it makes a difference with the diaper?

Whitney - posted on 06/20/2011

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I have a front-load washer, we do 2 cold normal washes w/o detergent, a hot wash with Rockin' Green and 2 more cold washes without detergent.

Majaliwa - posted on 06/04/2011

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cold rinse with 2 tbsp of detergent (I use Tide Original), hot wash with no detergent, cold or hot rinse with no detergent.

I have hard water and never have to strip.

A few cautions....
1 - vinegar overtime can breakdown PUL so I don't recommend frequent use of it. If you have really bad ammonia then use it - but honestly, if you use Tide you won't have ammonia problems.

2 - Sanitary cycles can be damaging to some cloth diapers

3 - if you have an HE washer, I recommend running a soak or delicate cycle first to saturate your diapers and then complete the wash steps above. This makes sure enough water gets in your diapers to get them clean.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/04/2011

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soak, warm wash with soap and baking soda, rinse with vinegar, dry for a bit in the dryer to fluff them up and then finish in the sun for getting rid of stains

I also strip them once a month or so (we have very hard water) by running them on Sanitary cycle without detergent. That's super hot.

Paula - posted on 06/03/2011

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Hot rinse, hot wash with soap (the tide free and clear powder) another rinse, and then dry in the dryer

Jennifer - posted on 05/28/2011

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cold rinse, hot wash with detergent, extra rinse. sometimes i'll throw in another extra rinse before the hot wash just for good measure. inserts are thrown in the dryer, covers are line dried.

Danielle - posted on 05/25/2011

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I do a cold rinse then a hot wash then depending on the weather i hang them in the sun to dry.

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