what's your wash routine???

Jennifer - posted on 10/15/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )




its been very quiet here lately so lets try to liven it up a bit...

what is your wash routine?

what kind/brand of diapers do you use?

how often do you wash?

how many diapers per load?

what brand detergent do you use?

do you rinse cold, wash hot, rinse cold or do you use some other variation?

do you add anything else to the wash? (vinegar, baking soda, oxy clean)

how do you combat stains?


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we use greenmountaindiapers.com prefolds with the thirsties duos covers for the day, and Haute pockets during the night time (we have a heavy wetter haha)
I usually wash every other day, or whenever my diaper pail gets full...
Its usually anywhere between 15 and 24 diapers
we use Seventh Generation w/o dyes or purfumes
I have a new washer and dryer and the routine usually goes like this: a long load of just diapers with very tiny ammount of detergent, leave on a rinse/spin/soak cycle that takes like an hour and then add the rest of his clothes and do a normal wash with all of them together once the poo and stuff is out
nothing else is added. We do, however, use these biodegradable liners so we can just flush his poo now that he's eating more solid foods, I had an entirely different routine when he was exclusively breastfed
haven't really had to deal with stains, we line dry and I think the sun really makes a difference.

Jimena - posted on 10/21/2010




We use Bumgenius 3.0, and wash every 3rd day (or when we're down to five clean diapers) 10 to 15 diapers per load. As to the soap brand... there aren't many choices where I live, so I use the normal brand with which I do the rest of my laundry, but pre-wash with bathroom soap or with a brand here in Mexico called Jabón Zote... To get rid of stains and to disinfect (I live by the sea so we're in a bug-prone area) I soak just the inserts at the very end in some chlorine... just for two - three minutes, then soak and rinse in hot water with baking soda and line dry. I could take them to the laundromat but feel safer doing it myself, although I don't have a washer so I do it by hand and takes a little more time... but it's not too bad either.

Tracy - posted on 10/20/2010




Usually every night
Charlie's Soap
Rinse cold, wash hot, cold rinse
Haven't had stains yet!

Josia - posted on 10/19/2010




I use itty bitty, bonnibuns, b cheeks, cushie tushies
I wash every second day usually. But sometimes he wees and poos a lot so he fills up his nappy pail in one day so it might be more frequent.
About 12 diapers per load i think?
I use a brand from Aldis. I cant remember the name!
I rinse cold because if i rinse hot theres no hot water left for showers.
I dont add anything to the wash apart from laundry powder. I usually use half of what i do for a normal load because the detergent can build up and it can affect absorbency.
I've never actually had stains! When i've pulled them out of the machine i've seen them but once they've been hung out with the inners facing the sun the sun has bleached them out. Also it sterilizes them too and its free. Cant complain there!

Samantha - posted on 10/19/2010




what kind/brand of diapers do you use? nighttime bumgenious 3.0 daytime flip covers with gmd prefolds
how often do you wash? every 3 days sometimes less
how many diapers per load? it varies idk lol
what brand detergent do you use? all free and clear
do you rinse cold, wash hot, rinse cold or do you use some other variation? wash hot rinse cold
do you add anything else to the wash? (vinegar, baking soda, oxy clean) no
how do you combat stains? the sun


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* we use pockets- mostly BG, KCK One Size, happy heinys, haute pockets, mommy's touch (?) during the day, and Motherease fitteds at night.

* I used to wash every other day, but now that LO is getting older and using the potty, I do it every 3 days (we have 3 motherease fitteds, so I wash when I run out of those)
* Varies with our schedule & her interest in the potty- anywhere from 10-20 per load
* I use Rockin Green Hard Rock- I've used Charlies, Country Save and for us RG worked the best for us
* I rinse them out ASAP after changing, so I wash hot, rinse cold 2X.
* 1x a month, I use the bathtub (re-rinse, no pail) in our 2nd bathroom to soak them in RG til I'm down to 3 diapers, then squeeze them out, put them in the wash with no detergent. I wash covers & inserts seperately this time. About midmonth I will add a little tea tree oil to the wash. I do add a generous sprinkle of baking soda to the pail after rinsing out a poopy diaper.
*Line dry everytime- no problem with stains.

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Cold rinse (with our without a soak in BacOut), cold or hot wash depending on the number of dirty vs. wet diapers, sometimes an extra rinse.

I have a bunch of different brands-The Eli Monster, Bum Genius, Haute Pockets, Flips, etc.
I was every other or third day.
I usually have between 15 and 20 diapers per load. Essentially, I just wash when our wetbag gets full.
I use an off brand called Resolution, you can find it in a hardware store called Menards here in the Midwest.
If there aren't many dirty diapers (or the poop plopped off of them cleanly) I will do a cold wash to save energy.
Sometimes I'll turn my prerinse into a soak and add a bit of BacOut. I will also use Ecover fabric softener to the last rinse (or the spin cycle before the last rinse).
I sun. Even in MN, I can line dry for most of the year.

Danielle - posted on 10/18/2010




For my stains I just put it on in the sun. Always takes care of my stains!

Danielle - posted on 10/18/2010




I was every day or every other day. I do a cold rinse, then 1 tbsp of baking soda on a warm wash cold rinse, then hot wash , cold rinse with detergent.

Tammy - posted on 10/17/2010




*We use a no name brand one size pocket nappy during the day, Motherease Fitted + cover for nighttime

* I wash every other day or every third day, depending on when my son is at daycare as they use disposables there

* About 20 diapers or so per load

*Amolin liquid detergent and baking soda

*Pre-rinse, wash at 40 degrees, rinse x 2


Jacqueline..you sound like you live in Australia!

M - posted on 10/16/2010




My routine is exactly like yours with two exceptions...

1 - I use bumgenius but a host of other brands too

2 - sometimes I add 1/4 cup of Peroxide to the final rinse cycle to help get out really tough stains. Peroxide combined with sunning gets them pretty white.

Jacqueline - posted on 10/15/2010




I wash every second day, and have a variation of brands, Babyland, earfts, cuddlebots and sweet baby doll. I have a 7 k.g washer and usually have about 14 nappies at the end of 2 days depending on how many no.2's Isaac does...lol. I use OMO sensitive(half the normal amount) and detol(about 5ml added to my softener draw). I do a rinse first on cold and then a medium length wash cycle on 40 degrees. I also do a strip wash once a fortnight using earth choice dish liquid(boosters and pocket nappies seperate) boosters at 80degrees and pockets at 40degrees, i don't wash the pockets at more than 40degrees cause i have heard that high temps can break down the PUL. I generally don't get stains, I use liners and if their is a larg amount of no.2's on the nappy i will wash the same day...I have also found that dryin them face up in the sun naturally bleaches any stains. I ♥ my cloth nappies and i don't think i will ever go back to disposables.

Jennifer - posted on 10/15/2010




i'll start...

*we use bumgenius 3.0 one size diapers.
*i wash every other day
*between 12-16 diapers per load
*we use country save detergent currently. we were using rockin green classic rock and i LOVED it but its wayyy too expensive for us.
*usually i wash cold with no detergent, wash hot with detergent, and rinse cold. i'm still playing around with different variations to find the best way to get rid of the nasties with our crappy washing machine, without wasting too much energy.
*i do not add anything
*sun sun sun and more sun! its free, and works great on the covers! winter in wisconsin is fast approaching, and i'm considering still hanging the covers out when there is snow on the ground :P

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