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Old 06-02-2006, 07:44 AM   #1
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i have been washing/rinsing my diapers for DAYS now and they still repell! just to make sure i understand the meaning of the word... when i put water on the diaper it sits there for a few seconds and then soaks in. actually, i can run it around the diaper like mercury first. i am now boiling the diapers on my stove hoping that will work. this has gone on waaaayyyy tooo long.
i'm starting to go crazy...
help, my diapers, please....

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Old 06-02-2006, 08:03 AM   #2
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Have your tried water softener?
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Old 06-02-2006, 08:04 AM   #3
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nope... don't even know what it is i assumed living in the big city (nyc) our water would be fine.
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Old 06-02-2006, 08:11 AM   #4
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ok so i know this is the hated word....but bleach....i had the same issue and gave up, put bleach in and all the sudz came to the top! it was nice...yeah i feel a bit guilty, but i'd rather have a dipe that works...lol...kwim?
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i'm on my way to put some in right now... after this i give up!
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Actually, I've read that you can't really test whether a dipe will repel by just dribbling water on it for a couple of reasons.
1. Urine has a different chemical makeup than water (different sized molecules) so it may be easier/harder for it to get through the fabric.
2. When the baby pees, the fabric is right up against their skin and they shoot a stream of pee through it...not quite the same thing as dropping a few drops on.

Maybe it's time to try the dipes on again and see if you're still having issues with them in action. I know that I've never had any problem with any of my diapers in use, but any time I've tried to just drop some water on them, it sits there in a bead for a minute before soaking in. All different diapers and different fabrics have always done the same but they all work fine on the booty.
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Actually, I've read that you can't really test whether a dipe will repel by just dribbling water on it for a couple of reasons.
1. Urine has a different chemical makeup than water (different sized molecules) so it may be easier/harder for it to get through the fabric.
2. When the baby pees, the fabric is right up against their skin and they shoot a stream of pee through it...not quite the same thing as dropping a few drops on.

Maybe it's time to try the dipes on again and see if you're still having issues with them in action. I know that I've never had any problem with any of my diapers in use, but any time I've tried to just drop some water on them, it sits there in a bead for a minute before soaking in. All different diapers and different fabrics have always done the same but they all work fine on the booty.
ahhhh... just what i needed to hear. this is the last wash cycle for those poor diapers. if they weren't pilly before they sure are now!
maybe all the washing is making them super soft!
thanks.
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Old 06-02-2006, 09:16 AM   #8
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Calgon water softener is found in the detergent isle. But not in every store. I think my dh got ours Kmart.

I find that living in a city our water is hard because it is so very treated.

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What dipes are you using? Are they new? Unbleached? Cotton/hemp? What's your wash routine? You can call your water dept to find out what kind of water you have. I have hard, but didn't care for Calgon since it made fleece stinky. I've only had true repelling once on fleece and s/c and that was after using Sportwash for a couple weeks. I had to scrub with Dawn and a nail brush, rinsed by hand, then did a hot wash- no detergent.

I agree with bfoster. Try the dipes. The dribbling water never works for me either.
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