Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-06-2007, 07:46 PM   #1
MamaMyers's Avatar
MamaMyers
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 333
Washing: Why the cold rinse?

I am a CD noob, and I've been reading over everyone's wash routines. From what I notice...lots of people do something along the lines of cold rinse (no detergent), hot wash (with detergent) and another hot (?) rinse.
What is the purpose of the cold rinse? Is it just to keep the stains from setting? Would it be ok to do a hot wash with detergent and another rinse with vinegar? Should the last cycle be hot? I just want to make sure my dipes are getting clean, but I want the most simple routine. Thanks ladies!

Advertisement

__________________

LACY
Babywearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping mama to
Miss S (7/06)
and Mr. S (5/08)
And a newbie coming in April!
MamaMyers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2007, 07:48 PM   #2
msmamabear's Avatar
msmamabear
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Posts: 11,883
Re: Washing: Why the cold rinse?

from what I have gathered it has to do with setting stains, organic matter sets in hot water so by doing a cold rinse it won't set the stains. And i tried it with my sons trainers and it works. (new to cloth myself)
__________________
Melissa<- Mama to my 4 gifts from God-Mr. Z (10), Miss K (7), Miss A (5) and Miss R (2)
Knitting Patterns For Sale and Free Download
I sell Jamberry!!!! Order yours today http://www.melisimpson.jamberrynails.net
msmamabear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2007, 07:48 PM   #3
TeneikM's Avatar
TeneikM
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: SE Connecticut
Posts: 1,134
My Mood:
Re: Washing: Why the cold rinse?

The cold rinse washes all the poop off before you use the hot, which might set stains. My washer doesn't have a hot rinse, but my second cold rinse works fine for me! I just do a cold prewash first, then my hot wash with detergent, with an extra rinse at the end.
__________________
Teneik~ Proud Navy Wife to Shaune and SAHM to Gabrielle (8/02) and Sebastian (11/05)
TeneikM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2007, 07:56 PM   #4
FinnegansMom's Avatar
FinnegansMom
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: The beach, Mass.
Posts: 5,084
My Mood:
Re: Washing: Why the cold rinse?

I'm actually getting into the habit of running a cold rinse after ALL of this clothes, diapers or whatnot. His skin is getting dry patches, and I don't think detergent buildup is helping. But I agree with the other ladies the first cold rinse is to help prevent staining...
FinnegansMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2007, 07:59 PM   #5
allye's Avatar
allye
Technicial girl extraordinaire
seller
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: British Columbia Canada
Posts: 8,959
My Mood:
Re: Washing: Why the cold rinse?

I agree with the previous posters...
I've heard hot water does help to set in stains, so I always do a cold rinse, wash on HOT HOT with Dawn, then a hot rinse.
Although last night I had to do 2 hot rinses because my diapers had bubbles LOL....
__________________

Allye:: Mama to 5 ::
allye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2007, 07:59 PM   #6
NatureandNurture's Avatar
NatureandNurture
Registered Users
Formerly: Falls-Acre
seller
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 746
Re: Washing: Why the cold rinse?

I do a cold pre-rinse. I figured it was to wash away the poop (EBF). Then I do a hot wash and no extra rinses. Everything comes out clean, but not detergent-y smelling, so it works for us. The pre-rinse doesn't really seem to help prevent staining though from what I've seen. I still have BF stains, I'll try sunning them when it warms up. Right now I'm not worried about it too much.
__________________
Mama to 4: Diva (12), Flowerchild (11), Shorty (3), & Bubba (1)

Amiguramist extraordinaire!
http://hyenacart.com/NatureandNurture/
NatureandNurture is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2007, 08:02 PM   #7
mistylaureena's Avatar
mistylaureena
I saw Elvis. He sat between me and Bigfoot on the UFO
seller
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Greeley, CO
Posts: 6,362
My Mood:
Re: Washing: Why the cold rinse?

I do a cold rinse first because then I let the dipe soak in the cold water with baking soda over night and it helps so much with stink and stains. But I do teh rinse first becasue it helps get all the grossiness off...a few times at first I just let set with orgianl cold water and all the urine and let over poo sat in there with the dipes and man it was gross and it also made all my dipes look dingy...but after I give it a good cold rinse once it helps get rid of that problem!!
__________________
Misty--Mama to Mikey.... crossing fingers for more babies!
mistylaureena is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2007, 08:03 PM   #8
Ooey
Full of Surprises
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 11,273
Re: Washing: Why the cold rinse?

To get the yuck out without setting in the stain

I just re-learned this today by throwing a poopy cover in after I had already done the cold rinse, it came out stained, now I'm going to have to soak it in hydrogen peroxide and re-wash
__________________
Kaela
Mama to
Whilder (9)Olian (7)
& Baby Xo Oct. 2015!
Ooey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2007, 08:12 PM   #9
dbassett's Avatar
dbassett
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: NAK in NEPA
Posts: 2,060
Re: Washing: Why the cold rinse?

yep, it's so the stains don't set. I've actually noticed that when I go back to the washer to start my hot wash the dipes actually *LOOK* tons cleaner already bc of the cold rinse. My machine doesn't do hot rinses so I used to do cold rinse, hot wash (detergent), cold rinse, cold rinse. We had build up problems so I've changed it to cold rinse, hot wash (detergent), short hot wash, cold rinse and we've been fine since.
__________________
Danielle, SAHM to Adam (9), Logan (5), and Xander (22 months)
Visit my blog!
http://milkymomma.blogspot.com
I have feedback here of course as well as here
dbassett is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.