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Old 12-08-2012, 04:04 PM   #11
Textile_Mike
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Re: Washing instructions printable

It's unfortunate that most diaper manufacturers have little expertise in wash/sanitizing textiles. The instruction you often designed more to make their life easier - not yours!

There isn't a one size fits all, but there are some general things you should know or consider.

1) Low-dose means low clean. Correct detergent dosing is essential to cleansing materials. Low dosing has been found to mask out problems for users who are using detergents -- sooner or later you're going to need some form of remediation. The solution is to use the right detergent in the recommended dose in the first place.

If in doubt, go to the grocer and ask which detergent sells best (most cases it's Tide) -- that's likely the one that is working for your local water supply.

2) Avoid potions, essential oils, and fabric softeners as they interfere with absorbency and cleansing.

3) Squirt a little alcohol based dishwasher detergent (Dawn) on diapers that have picked up diaper cremes. These detergents are easy on the skin and effective at dissolving cremes.

4) If you think you have a sanitary problem (odor), tend to it aggressively and quickly. Bleach and other common laundry sanitizers rinse out easily, if in doubt a full wash cycle using no detergent and no bleach will flush out sanitizer residues. An hour in bright sun also neutralized bleach residue.

It's important to know that baby skin is way-way-way more likely to react to ammonia and bacteria than traces of sanitizer.

5) Dry with heat, particularly if your diapers have hemp fibers. Heat helps kill bacteria, so does full drying.

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