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Old 12-03-2007, 11:58 AM   #1
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Ways to wash (to be pinned)

Since there are so many posts each day about how to wash dipes and what soaps does everyone use and so on we thought we should have a sticky to go along with the others!

Please fill this out if you don't mind to help all the mommas out!

What soap do you use?
Do you add anything extra? If so, what?
How many dipes do you wash at a time?

Now explain your wash routine line by line
Example:
1. Cold rinse with no soap
2. Hot wash with (insert soap name) soap
and so on...

I hope this gets many, many replies to help us all out!
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:01 PM   #2
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Re: Ways to wash (to be pinned)

I've got nothing since I'm CDing for the first time after this one comes but I was just coming on here to look for info on washing and such.

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Old 12-03-2007, 12:05 PM   #3
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Re: Ways to wash (to be pinned)

What soap do you use? Regular Tide
Do you add anything extra? If so, what? Ocassionally I add Calgon because I have very hard water.
How many dipes do you wash at a time? 18-20

Hot wash/cold rinse WITH detergent then
Hot wash/cold rinse with nothing.

If we have an extra poopy batch, I will do a cold rinse before that, but that is rarely.

I keep it simple and it works great for me.
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:13 PM   #4
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What soap do you use? Country Save

Do you add anything extra? If so, what?
every once in a while I add a drop or 2 of TTO

How many dipes do you wash at a time?
unsure on the number but I do diaper wash every other day

Now explain your wash routine line by like
I have a front loader
1. Cold soak and short wash cycle with no soap
2. Hot wash/cold rinse with Country Save soap (half a scoop)
3. one extra cold rinse
4. max extract
5. since it is winter here in MN, I dry on low for about 45 mins and let them air dry the rest of the way (PF's, fitteds, and pockets are what we use)



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Old 12-03-2007, 01:37 PM   #5
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Re: Ways to wash (to be pinned)

What soap do you use? Purex free and clear
Do you add anything extra? If so, what? Sometimes a few drops of TTO or Bac-Out in the pre-rinse.
How many dipes do you wash at a time? 15-20 prefolds I think, plus wipes and inserts (wash every other day), pockets get washed separate
Washer Maytag top loader
Wash Routine:
1. Cold rinse - with or without TTO or BacOut
2. Hot wash with detergent
3. Cold extra rinse

Once in a while I add a bit of Sun oxygen cleaner. Once a month I use Dawn instead of regular detergent.
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:21 PM   #6
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Re: Ways to wash (to be pinned)

Maybe we should add if we have a front loader or top loader washer and if we have soft/hard water. That really makes a difference in wash routines too. And the types of diapers we use.

What soap do you use? Purex F & C and Calgon water softener

Do you add anything extra? If so, what? I spray a 50/50 mix of bac out and water on the inserts and diapers before they go in the pail. Sometimes (usually once a week) I add a scoop of oxy clean to the cold quick wash

How many dipes do you wash at a time? Anywhere from 12-30, depends on if I go 2 or 3 days between

I have hard water and a front loading washer. I use mostly pockets, a few aios and a couple fitted for night time.

Wash Routine
1. Quick cold wash
2. Heavy Hot wash with between 1/4 and 1/2 cap (depends on the # of dipes) full of Purex F & C and a cap full of Calgon water softener / extra rinse
3. Another Heavy Hot Wash with no detergent / extra rinse
4. Dry on med heat until the inserts are dry, then usually let the fitteds air dry the rest of the way
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:15 PM   #7
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Re: Ways to wash (to be pinned)

I added a category for washer. Hope you don't mind.


Washer LG Tromm Steam washer - front loader
What soap do you use? Country Save after trying everything else
Do you add anything extra? If so, what? Occassionaly vinegar to the first rinse, but not often
How many dipes do you wash at a time? A pail full, probably 24-36 prefolds

Now explain your wash routine line by like
1. Cold rinse and spin with nothing
2. Load 1 TBSP Country Save in detergent space and fill fabric dispenser with vinegar if I'm using it. (Maybe once a month if that)
3. Set to "permanent press" on hot/cold because it uses more water. Add the prewash, extra rinse, and extra water buttons.
4. Another warm/warm quick wash cycle or just a warm rinse and spin if I'm in a hurry.
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Washer: Kitchenaid top loader
What soap do you use? Country Save
Do you add anything extra? If so, what? Sometimes I add baking soda to the pail and it goes into the washer.
How many dipes do you wash at a time? A pail full, 20-24 prefolds...more if flats are in the pail, less if there are fitteds

Now explain your wash routine line by like
1. Cold pre-soak, I have to stop the washer for about 30 minutes
2. Hot regular wash with half scoop of Country Save
3. Warm rinse
4. Another warm rinse
5. Tumble in the dryer for 15 minutes before line drying in the summer and rack drying in the winter.
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:41 PM   #9
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Re: Ways to wash (to be pinned)

Top Loader
What soap do you use? Currently: Planet, have used: Tide, Purex F&C
Do you add anything extra? Yes If so, what? I add bac-out to a cold soak. Plus I use a diaper sprayer on poopy dipes at time of change.
How many dipes do you wash at a time? about 2 days worth, 18 dipes plus wipes (or so) We use mostly fitteds w/ wool, pockets for overnight and an occasional Thirstie pul cover.

1. Rinse Cold
2. Cold Soak w/ bac-out for 20 min-overnight
3. Hot wash w/ 1 TBSP of detergent
4. Cold rinse
5. (optional) 2nd Cold Rinse if I added too much soap
6. Dry everything on low for about 90 minutes. (I try to line dry in the summer)

ETA: I will sticky this when we have a couple more responses.
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:13 PM   #10
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Re: Ways to wash (to be pinned)

I've recently started and only have done several loads myself. Nanny does most of the dipes (she's the one who got me into CD) and has been doing so for years. I have Happy Heiny Pockets and nanny has Tiny Tush Fitted.

Washing dipes:
Load is about 20-30 dipes every 2-3 days for 2 boys 1 1/2 years old.

1a Occiasional stain treat or soaking cycle, when needed.
1. Warm wash with 1/2 amount of soap (Generic Tide - Costco brand)
2. Warm rinse
3. Extra rinse cycle
3a. Extra spin cycle when hang dry
4. Dry medium heat (nothing extra - no dryer sheets) for cold or raining days 4a. On warm days - there has been days in the 70s in Nov in CA - we hang dry the dipes. In the summer the dipes would dry in an hour or so outside - faster or about the same if I used the dryer.
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