how are you ladies cleaning your cloth diapers?
Kristina - posted on 07/11/2011
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 07/03/2011
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.
Mazy - posted on 07/02/2011
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!
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.
Majaliwa - posted on 06/04/2011
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
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.
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