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Old 06-07-2011, 08:12 PM   #1
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Did you prep your flats by washing/drying or did you boil them?

I have some flats I need to prep and I'm just wondering which option is easiest. Boiling seems nice because you just boil them all once, dry, and you're good to go, right? But, I boiled inserts to strip them a while ago and it was a HUGE PITA! Just messy and steamy and hot, I don't really want to repeat that experience!

Washing would be less work, but I don't like the idea of wasting all that water/energy when there's another option. If I wash them, do I need to wash them on a large load setting, or will I be able to use less water, like maybe a medium load? I only have a dozen.

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Because I've been trying to decide what to do my flats have been sitting unused and unprepped for about a week now...

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Old 06-07-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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Re: Did you prep your flats by washing/drying or did you boil them?

I wondering the same thing about prefolds! Hopefully there are some mamas out there with prepping advice...
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:23 PM   #3
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Re: Did you prep your flats by washing/drying or did you boil them?

Flats just need one wash and I think they're good to go. Prefolds are what need a bunch of washings to work well.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:28 PM   #4
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Flats just need one wash and I think they're good to go. Prefolds are what need a bunch of washings to work well.
Is that true for unbleached flats, because I thought unbleached needs to be prepped? Maybe I'm wrong...

I would love to not have to do an extensive prep!
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Re: Did you prep your flats by washing/drying or did you boil them?

I only wash all my diapers once before using. Of course they won't reach their full absorbency till several washes. I've never had an issue, but we are home most of the time and I change often.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:48 PM   #6
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Re: Did you prep your flats by washing/drying or did you boil them?

Unbleached? Boil 'em! Do you have a gas BBQ grill with a burner on the side? It would be very nice if you could do it outside. It depends on how many diapers you are prepping, but my whole house got SO steamy that my 3 year old's are work was falling off the walls!

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Is that true for unbleached flats, because I thought unbleached needs to be prepped? Maybe I'm wrong...

I would love to not have to do an extensive prep!
I have unbleached flats and remember only washing once or twice - they probably "clean up" quicker because there's not so many layers to go through.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:08 PM   #8
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Re: Did you prep your flats by washing/drying or did you boil them?

My mom said she just boiled them when we were little, but to dry them if you are going to boil them more than 1 time. She said you could just do it 1 time but they won't be fully absorbent unless you do it twice, so you would have to change a little more often.
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Re: Did you prep your flats by washing/drying or did you boil them?

I boiled my unbleached GMD flats in a great big pot on the stove. It boiled over and was messy, but I didn't want to have to wash/dry repeatedly. OTOH, I washed & dried my unbleached Swaddlebees flats only once with my regular diaper laundry before I started using them and they seemed fine.
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Re: Did you prep your flats by washing/drying or did you boil them?

Mixed reviews huh?

Hmm... we do have a burner on our grill, that's a great idea! We've never used it (the burner, not the grill!) though so I'm not sure if it's hot enough to keep a pot of water boiling... it would be really great to do it outside though!

I'm planning to use them to stuff a nighttime pocket dipe, primarily... I'm using it in place of a MF in a triple stuffed dipe (1 pad-folded flat, topping 2 hemp inserts) so maybe it won't be a big deal if it's not fully prepped in the first place?
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