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Old 05-04-2010, 10:23 AM   #1
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I am expecting #3 in November and have always CD'd. Now I am living in an apartment with no laundry facilities and the thought of hauling cloth to the laundromat every couple of days makes it seem impossible. So....I was thinking of using prefolds and covers/wool this time around and just washing them by hand. But....I am not really sure how to do this. Any mama's out there have experience in hand washing either prefolds or fitteds by hand at home? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I have found a diapering service that serves my area but the cost would be over $30 a week so that's out.

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Old 05-04-2010, 10:29 AM   #2
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Re: Handwashing Prefolds? Can it be done?

I have some double layer Heavy Weight Organic Bamboo Fleece Trifolds called the DaySolution that I've washed by hand before. My parents have a cabin and we stay up there almost every weekend in the Summer. I ran out of inserts so I washed a couple in the sink. They dried super quick and it really wasn't too bad to handwash!

I definitely recommend wool. You don't need to wash it very often! Just keep poo off the cover!!!

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Old 05-04-2010, 10:37 AM   #3
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Re: Handwashing Prefolds? Can it be done?

We were washing prefolds by hand when we first started CDing, and I don't recommend it. It's hard to get all the layers clean. If you must hand wash, I would recommend flats.

Also, for a newborn (i.e. before the poo starts getting stinky), you could probably get by with washing 1-2x/week, but you might need to do a pre-soak, which I'm not sure you can do at a laundromat. Hey, the diaper service in our area only washes 1/week, but then again, they have the super industrial machines and probably super hot water, too.

But honestly, I'd go with the flats.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:37 AM   #4
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Re: Handwashing Prefolds? Can it be done?

I hand wash in an apartment and have found that flats are much easier to get clean than prefolds. So if flats are an option that might be a way to go.
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Yep, I agree...flats are the way to go if you're hand washing. They're much easier to get clean than prefolds.

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Re: Handwashing Prefolds? Can it be done?

something like this, maybe......
http://www.lehmans.com/store/Natural...___23305?Args=
idk if u could get a days worth of dipes in this, but i've seen bigger ones that might work.....
and i def agree w/ pp, flats would be the easiest to clean, and the fastest to dry. pf's would b my second choice
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Re: Handwashing Prefolds? Can it be done?

Theres a thread on here about the Wonder Wash. I'll look for it for you.
I do handwash in the tub, with a plunger to aggitate. I find flats are def easier, but pfs are ok too. Just need to aggigate a little more to make sure you get into the layers
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