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Old 10-14-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Cold or warm pre-rinse?

Ok, I'm still a bit confused if it's cold or warm water in a pre-rinse/wash that sets the stains... ? Which one should I use? Also, do you put detergent with the prewash or no? I've used a small amt of detergent, then more with the actual hot wash.

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Old 10-14-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
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Re: Cold or warm pre-rinse?

I use a cool prewash no stains... Ive used warm as well with basically the same success though.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:34 PM   #3
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Re: Cold or warm pre-rinse?

Warm will rinse the poo and pee out better, you can always sun out the stains!
Some use a small bit of detergent in the pre-rinse and some don't. You really have to experiment and figure out what will work for you best.
I personally don't use anything in the pre-rinse except borax because of hard water.
I do a warm prerinse with 1/2 borax
A hot long was with mainstream detergent and borax.
And that's it. No stinkies or issues.
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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Re: Cold or warm pre-rinse?

I'll add I do use bleach in my prewash..
I find stains if I still and jsut do a hot wash. I also find a COLD prerise doesn't get the ickies out as well..
My washer only delivers COLD water like 4 tiems a year though so take that for what its worth..
Cool/warm works well no stains I very rarely have to sun a stain maybe a handfull a year..
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Re: Cold or warm pre-rinse?

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I use a cool prewash no stains... Ive used warm as well with basically the same success though.
This. I've used both and not noticed any difference. I rarely have stains either way. I sometimes add either bac-out or bleach to that cycle.
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Re: Cold or warm pre-rinse?

I honestly do not think it matters. I've done cold rinses for awhile, then warm rinses for awhile, and never noticed any difference.
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Re: Cold or warm pre-rinse?

Hot seems better for stains 4 me...front load. I put detergent in prewash & then others are basically rinses. I tried doing ebfing & not wash b4 pail & that left stains too. Water type differs on ur rouine & all...
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Hot seems better for stains 4 me...front load. I put detergent in prewash & then others are basically rinses. I tried doing ebfing & not wash b4 pail & that left stains too. Water type differs on ur rouine & all...
I used to presoak / wet pail in cold with detergent & then did regular load. Poop again washed out b4 pail.
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Re: Cold or warm pre-rinse?

I do a warm rinse because someone said that the diapers are warmer, which will help with getting your hot wash hotter than if you use cold.
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Re: Cold or warm pre-rinse?

my current, yet old, top loader only does cold rinses, I have never had any more of a problem than when my old, but newer HE machine did a warm rinse. A good amount of detergent in the wash cycle is all I do, and a final rinse, after they are on solids because all poops get pre-rinsed anyway. I give up the pre-rinse when they are no longer EBF. I have no problems without it either.
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