View Poll Results: How soft are your hemp fleece Cricketts?
Still as fluffy as the day I got 'em! 4 12.90%
Somewhere in between, but they're still nice. 13 41.94%
Scratchier than I'd like, but I still use them. 9 29.03%
Quite rough, I avoid using them. 5 16.13%
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:14 PM   #1
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What is your experience with Cricketts?

So what has been your experience with the hemp fleece Cricketts? Have they stayed buttery soft? Have they gotten scratchy? Or are they somewhere inbetween?

The reason I'm posting this is b/c I purchased some awhile back (6 months ago) and I recently sold them to another mama. The hemp fleece dipes that she has had for abt 4 months are still nice and soft, while the ones that I had were scratchy (and have been that way for quite a long time) . I'm wondering if the difference is in our wash routine? I figured that was just the way they are, but now I'm learning differently. I loved these dipes and if I knew how to keep them soft, I'd love to get some more.

Please share how you keep yours nice and fluffy!!
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Dryer balls help keep the stiffness out of hemp. I don't like to line dry my hemp at all.

I find the smooth side of hemp fleece is much more pleasant as a diaper fabric.
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Re: What is your experience with Cricketts?

I was just going to say that dryer balls help tons. and then i rinse with vinegar about once a month.
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I tried a cricketts back before I had dryer balls and sold it because I thought it was too scratchy. I might have kept it if I had known how awsome dryer ball can soften things
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Re: What is your experience with Cricketts?

I'm the lone vote for "scratchier than I'd like, but I still use them," but the more accurate choice would be somewhere between the next option (quite rough) and I still use them with a fleece liner. They were lovely soft when new. I always dry mine in a dryer with other diapers, never with a dryer ball, and never use any vinegar or anything other than detergent. Mine was washed two times a week or so for probably about a year.

If dryer balls can soften up that diaper, I might buy them to fluff up all my towels, diapers, etc.

As an aside, I once bought a used Kisslauv that was very soft, yet other used Kissaluv's (contour and fitteds) and other sherpa diapers have not been as soft. The others are all a little matted, whereas the soft Kisslauv stays fluffy and tufted all the time, and has not gotten rougher, so wash routine can't explain it. I often wonder why there is a difference.
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I can honestly say I've never even heard of dryer balls!
Is this the product you are referring to?
http://www.thehomemarketplace.com/ho...00002&Affid=12

I just assumed that there were only dryer sheets - which obviously aren't cloth diaper approved. Interesting, maybe I'll have to give them a try.
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Yup, those are dryer balls. They work great to keep things soft and fluffy...but there have been some recent posts about them not being safe because they are made with PVC. At this point though, I'm still using mine...
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Tennnis balls are the poor man's dryer balls. Of course, I don't know if those have PVC.
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Nope, no PVC in tennis balls...I looked it up :
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_tennis_ball_made_of

Good! I'll have to get a few of those...altho I'm sure the pup will be trying to steal them every chance she gets .
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That two that we had were not used a whole lot, but I noticed that they were softened up quite nicely when I started using the dryer balls. I would've kept them around, but the rise on the infant-sized Crickett's was getting too short on my daughter (who will be 6 months tomorrow) and I've read that the Toddler-sized (20+) are huge, so I've put off ordering more.

I liked them a lot though... very trim, pretty absorbent and inexpensive.
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