View Poll Results: Putting kitchen laundry with diaper laundry?
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:26 PM   #51
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Re: throwing other laundry in the diaper load...gross or ok?

wow! I'm shocked to be in the minority, apparently I'm LESS gross for once!? How did this happen? I love germs, I loath hand sanitizer, bare feet are the best, floor food is still food... Yet I totally expected a landslide, like duh, of course diapers are disgusting and should be quarantined. I'm now reevaluating my life. In a year of cloth diapering I have never let anything non-diaper related into the same wash. What's wrong with me? Oh my, I think I know. I lived with my sister as a teenager and she was constantly berating me about how gross I was. In her defense I was technically and ignorantly gross back then (versus my current willful and educated grossness), but in my defense she was a total neat-freak hypochondriac (and now her house is a pig stye, hmmmm). Anyway, she used to insist I separate all laundry, even kitchen towels and bath towels weren't allowed to be washed in the same load. Forget tossing a kitchen towel in with my underwear, oh the horror. Once she made me wipe down the dryer with bleach because I had washed my tennis shoes by hand and then tossed them in the dryer. She was mortified. So I guess I'm still carrying that memory into my own laundry room. I don't know if that means ill change, but I honestly never thought about it before.


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Old 03-26-2013, 07:27 PM   #52
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I can't do it. I do dry together.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:45 PM   #53
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Re: throwing other laundry in the diaper load...gross or ok?

I can't wash or dry things together with diapers...I am just too OCD after working for years in tissue culture. It seriously would bother me to wash kitchen towels with diapers.

I wash diapers, diaper cloth wipes and family cloth together, and the covers from changing table pad together.

I have seperate single layer flannel "Kleenex" wipes that I use around the house to wipe faces and noses and these I will wash with kitchen towels and/or clothing, but never with diapers. I cannot handle having my face against anything that might have had poo on it...hahaha. I have 3 dozen prefolds that only get used as burp cloths and kitchen towels and have never been used as diapers ever. Weird, I know, but they are seperate and distinguishable from my "diaper prefolds" and I don't wash them together.

When I use mama cloth, which isn't every cycle, I have to wash it by itself.

I also have seperate rags for washing the floor and cleaning and those have to be washed separately, too. I do use mf inserts as Swiffer pads, but they won't ever go back in a diaper now...they've been demoted to household cleaning and marked.

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Old 03-26-2013, 09:53 PM   #54
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Since I now have a toddler and only one in cloth I have started putting things in with the diapers, I never used to but I always had 2 or more kids in cloth at one time so a full load was easy. Now somedays we only use 8 diapers the whole day and it seems wasteful to put just those on, I try to wash them with things like sheets, towels, floor cloths, cleaning rags etc but if none of those are around to be washed then I will put in clothes. I draw the line at kitchen towels though, somehow I need those seperate.

eta I only use all natural cleaning products - vinegar, lemon etc so I don't worry about the diapers getting toxic and come to think of it, I use old diapers to wipe kitchen benches (sanitised of course) so I really should get over my issue with washing them with kitchen cloths.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:56 PM   #55
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I only add normal clothing to the diaper laundry if it has been peed, pooped or puked on...
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:42 PM   #56
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Since we have an HE washer, I'm actually going to start adding some things to the wash to make it add more water - rags, bathmats, towels, bibs, sheets, etc. - in other words, things that would normally get washed on hot anyway.

My only hangup with adding more items isn't a 'gross' factor, it's a workflow factor. Our house does ALL laundry one day a week. That's it. SO when switching to CD in general, it was an adjustment. And now I"ll be adding in extra items, it will so throw off our chi (sp?).... :-)
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We use prefolds and we use one cold wash with the prefolds without soap then we add soap and wash all the other cloths together.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:36 AM   #58
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Re: throwing other laundry in the diaper load...gross or ok?

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I find it hilarious when people say it is gross. There is something wrong if you aren't getting clean loads of laundry. Why are the diapers clean enough but the clothes/blankets/sheets won't be?

I mean honestly, if it didn't seem clean I just wash again no matter what it is.

Edit I read the question again and same applies to what I said above.

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Maybe we're harder on our kitchen cloths than others but my kitchen laundry requires way more effort than diapers. I usually wash dipes w/o bleach, but the rags always need more detergent and bleach.

I will wash dipes with bath towels and whites though.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:54 AM   #59
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I always throw rags and pee sheets from my ODS I the diaper laundry. Towels too, on the detergent cycle, if its a smaller diaper load.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:01 AM   #60
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Re: throwing other laundry in the diaper load...gross or ok?

so funny...I can really see it both ways. Like when I really think about it, I would never tell guests to my house, "I wash the dish towels with the diapers!" but I think that is more because people don't "get" the diaper washing process and think it must be disgusting in some way. I would fear being judged lol

But I really do believe everything I wash in that load is VERY clean, sanitized even (a good amount of bleach every load, washed twice, rinsed twice), otherwise I would never do it!
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