What is your system?

Marie - posted on 04/06/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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What is your cloth diaper washing system?

I hear so much about residue build up but I personally have not dealt with this.

My system is that I use a dry pail method, sprinkle in a bit of baking soda and sometimes lavender.

To wash I use a cold rinse first with some vinegar, then when that is done I switch it to hot and use "Vancouver Only" soap, it is the plainest, cheapest detergent I can find and specially made for Vancouver, BC's water. If it is sunny out I will hang them up outside and the sun will bleach any stains it seems within minutes, sometimes I will hang them inside, usually I use our dryer tho.

It is as simple as using disposables in my opinion, I kinda have fun doing them cause her diapers are just so cute and kinda old fashioned but not at all. We use Bummis prefolds. I have a couple G Diaper covers which I love too and a couple Bumgenius which I find cute but kinda complicated.

Is you system the same or similar? What is different?

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Elizabeth - posted on 05/03/2010

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I love Imse Vimse liners:) Even though I have an older baby, I still use the baby size. If they only get wet I wash them with the diapers and lay them out to dry.

Marie - posted on 05/01/2010

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I have some cloth liners that I am going to start to use more now that my daughter is on solids...I like the idea of the paper ones which I do have a lot of that others have given me but think that they must be uncomfortable and abrasive on babies bum...no?

What is you suggestion for paper liners?

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Colleen-I used to use a wet pail system for a bit and just couldn't take putting my hands in all that mess. I would just use a little vinegar and water to keep the odor down. I had switched to a dry pail system and love it.

We use a flushable disposable soft paper liner on our diapers, mostly to keep from cleaning a BM off the diapers. We just take the dirty liner and flush it. I am looking forward to our new purchase of lines that can be resued 2-3 times! I don't think it is that expensive and cuts back on the cleaning/soaking.

Mindy - posted on 04/22/2010

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We use a combination of prefolds in the CottonBabies Flip diaper covers and homemade fitteds (verybaby or my own pattern, in all cotton/bamboo) that allow his skin to breathe better. We have a dry pail that I just wipe down with tea tree oil periodically. I do a prewash soak with vinegar, then wash with Purex, and usually just run through the dryer, I'm hoping with better weather to be able to start line drying though. We have zero stain issues though, my husband built a diaper sprayer so all poopies are immediately washed down the toilet.

Lauren - posted on 04/22/2010

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I use flat and prefold diapers in either a wool cover or gDiaper. I have a dry pail next to our tiny washing machine and I do a load of diapers in hot water every 2-3 days with Charlies powder. I hang everything to dry inside (no yard, and not allowed on our balcony), so I have some stains that I wish I could sun-treat, but overall I know the diapers are clean. While there are stains, they don't smell, so I know all the bacteria is dead! Once in a while I will throw some baking soda either in the pail or the wash if I feel the need, but mostly washing a few times a week keeps us stink-free and happy :)

Kristina - posted on 04/21/2010

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I use all prefolds and homemade covers... I toss them in a little laundry basket in my laundry room that I sprinkle with baking soda every morning... at the end of the day I dump them in the washing machine and set it "Heavy Duty" (which is a Hot wash/ cold rise setting) and add the pre-soak and extra rinse options... once they're done I toss them in the dryer and fold them in the morning before my kids get up.... I yes I wash them EVERYDAY, I have three kids in diapers...

Jill - posted on 04/20/2010

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I actually put them right in my washing machine on soak and then run the pre-wash cycle on my machine, it's like a mini wash, then I run them through with whatever load of laundry I am doing. I either hang them outside to dry or use the dryer. I used to use a wet bucket, but it was just too gross smelling and unsanitary when I dumped the water. A dry pail sounds better than the wet. Now my washer does it for me. If you don't have "soak" or "prewash" cycles, I would just do it manually.

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we do bummis prefolds, and love them. i currently do a dry pail, then cold rinse, hot wash and cold rinse. but i am looking for more info about a wet pail because i sometimes can't get to washing them soon enough and then they get gross because they've sat too long..... any suggestions? while i do CD my husband won't, so it takes a while to get a full load to wash :(

Sara - posted on 04/07/2010

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i'm the only person in my area that does CD, imagine the deep south and they all thought i was crazy! (you know how much more laundry you'll have??) i just reply with, no more than any other mom! i do the same! i do however wash my covers with our clothes then hang them to dry. i love i save $$, how cute they are, and i haven't had one stinky diaper smell since i swapped! my sister said, "way to do it green style!" lol!

Marie - posted on 04/07/2010

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That would be an awesome site Melisa! I love where I live in Vancouver cause my 4 houses in a row including mine obviously has kids 2 and younger and quite often we all have our diapers on the line, or tiny baby diapers. I am by far the "greenest"of them, they call me crazy but I am doing just a tiny step to make the world that much better for our future generations. Do you have a balcony?

Melisa - posted on 04/07/2010

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We use a smal dry pail because I know if it didn`t fill right up and over the top, I would get lazy and wait a few days before washing. LOL. We do a cold cycle first and once in a while we will throw in some vinigar. Then we do hot/cold with a tiny amount of Nellies. We air dry our covers, but tumble dry our inserts (Gro Baby). I would LOVE love to be able to hang our diapers, but we are in a highrise and unfortunately only get morning sun for about 15 minuites directly on our balcony. -- I may take up going to the park we live next to this summer and laying them in the sun LOL. What a sight that would be.

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2010

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I use a dry pail, then wash once with cold water followed by a hot wash. I have a front loader so it takes twice for the diapers to get sufficiently wet to get clean. Plus, I like having the cold wash first - reduces staining. I use Country Save laundry soap and Country Save oxygen bleach when necessary.

I also like to sun my diapers whenever possible, although since I live in Minnesota, it's not always practical and the diapers get dried in the dryer.

I've never had residue buildup or had to strip my diapers either (10 months now).

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I use a dry pail with a nylon liner. I also use FuzziBunz cloth diapers. Just throw everything in the pail, then at wash time, the liner and all the diapers go in for a rinse on cold, then a hotwash with a cold rinse using plain dye-and-fragrance free detergent. The few stains that have occured were solved with the sun as well!

Jenny - posted on 04/07/2010

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I do a dry pail. I like top loaders best, but we're living with my parents and they have a front loader. I do a cold prewash with extra rinse, then a hot wash/warm rinse with charlie's soap and baking soda, then a warm/cold cycle with no detergent to rinse. After the wash, i have to check and make sure they don't smell...sometimes I have to add another wash if they didn't get clean. Then I hang them to dry. I wash three days a week.

Terri - posted on 04/06/2010

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Gosh, I have the simplest version ever - I just give them a scrub in the tub when they are soiled and throw them in the wash with everything else. No probs so far and baby is 22 months old. Same with 3 years of nappies with my eldest.

Majaliwa - posted on 04/06/2010

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Marie - my system is similar with the exception of the lavender (I don't use any). I would however caution you on the vinegar. Vinegar is great for killing bacteria but should only be used occassionally as it can cause your PUL to break down overtime.

Marie - posted on 04/06/2010

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Good on ya Sam! I had stash of diapers before my DD was born but they were too big for her even tho I bought the right size. She is long and slender.

4 weeks! Congrats on all accounts! I started at 2 months cause I just didn't want to dish out the cash but did end up selling the ones I bought before my baby arrived and bought prefolds. Love them!

SaM - posted on 04/06/2010

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I use dry pail: I throw the diapers in a 52 qt plastic kitchen trash can with a rolltop lid with a liner that i sprinkle with lavender essential oil to keep it smelling nice...I've been washing the diapers once a day or once every two days...(she's only 4 weeks old today...so LOTS of diapers!)



I wash in a frigidaire front load washer on a "short wash" on cold cold with a tiny amount of Country Save detergent...then after that has run through I run the whole thing again on a "whites" wash on Hot/Cold with a tiny amount of Country Save detergent.



I have been drying them in the dryer...but i plan on setting up a clothesline soon.



I am SO GLAD I am not having to use disposables...having to buy a bunch of diapers...store them...and then store the used diapers in the nursery until the bag is full (YUCK!)...and I KNOW that if i used disposable diapers i would skimp on diaper changes to save $$...i know i would....with cloth i think nothing of putting a fresh clean diaper on my baby's bum...what's another tiny prefold diaper to wash? nothing!



I bought a stash of used happy heinys and bumgenius pocket diapers on ebay and use those as 'diaper covers' with the prefolds and a snappi...works great and they are WICKED cute! I also have a couple thirsties duo covers which are also very nice.

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