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Old 01-02-2013, 01:58 PM   #11
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Re: How to Ruin a Cloth Diaper - blog

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I haven't read the article yet but bet she missed one way to ruin a diaper.

I used a prefold as a hot pad one day. I didn't have it well folded up and it caught fire. Yup finally figured it out. Fire will most definitely ruin your diapers when in direct contact with the flames.

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Old 01-02-2013, 02:10 PM   #12
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Meh... I've been CDing for 2 1/2 years and, at this point, I just refuse to baby my diapers. I'd rather have to toss a few over time (and I have) than stress about not being able to use anything but "cloth diaper safe" detergent and never using bleach or whatever. I am not going to line dry to be more gentle (I have to wash pretty frequently, as we have two in cloth. We have about 4-6 months of snow a year), but now that's something to worry about, too? I will do whatever it takes to have a regular supply of clean diapers that won't give my kids ammonia rashes.

Some advice is just not practical, or will cost you more than a few ruined diapers in the frustration about trying to do everything perfectly, as you sit there wondering why your diapers stink or why they aren't getting clean enough by using warm water and a tablespoon of gentle detergent and never using any bleach on something that your kids pee and poop on all day every day.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:13 PM   #13
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I do love kanga are and all their products but this I agree would make people scared of cd'ing. Bleach in moderation is okay I believe. But on their label it says line dry or tumble dry low. It doesn't say lay flat to dry
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:16 PM   #14
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Re: How to Ruin a Cloth Diaper - blog

I had to laugh at the stuff about delamination, too... I had a diaper from their infamous delamination debacle, and that photo of "what a true delamination looks like" is exactly what mine did. That's probably a photo someone had to send them as proof.
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I had the PUL on eight diapers just crack and disintegrate after about three hours on the clothesline once! There is definitely such a thing as too much sun on fabrics.
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It's a balance. The more gentle you are with your diapers, the longer they'll last, but dirty diapers are worthless. You have to do what you have to do to get them clean.

The lay flat to dry business is funny. Do you know what else will stretch out your elastic over time? Putting the diapers on your baby. That is so not something I would worry about.
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I agree. Common sense needs to be used. I have used Bac Out on every load for the past 2 1/2 years. I keep it on my PUL to a minimum. Bum Genius actually recommends bleaching once a month. I don't bleach because I don't need to. I don't put my PUL in the dryer. I only sun if I'm selling something. I don't overly obsess about stains because after I get out a poo stain, LO is just going to poo on it again...lol
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I also took it as a "everything in moderation."

Like sun until dry, not sun from dawn to dusk.

Diapers are garments and will wear out, some faster than others and for various reasons. There are things that can be done to prolong the life, but in balance
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Re: How to Ruin a Cloth Diaper - blog

While some of it is common sense, I have owned 2 kangacare diapers - a Gumball OS pocket and a Lil'Joey. Both died. The OS pocket's elastic got crunchy and the Lil'Joey delaminated - it looked like the picture of the yellow diaper on the blog. The pocket was rarely used as I hated the fit and the Lil'Joey was hardly used since my babies grow super fast.

I have had way over 100 diapers come through my stash and besides an ALVA, these are the only diapers that have had the elastic and the laminate die on them with very minimal use. My BG 2.0s have been through the wringer and the PUL is still good and the elastic, although quite relaxed, is still stretchy.
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Re: How to Ruin a Cloth Diaper - blog

I sincerely hope that anyone on the fence about CDing doesn't come across this article, it would put enough disgust and fear in them that they will definitely walk away from the entire industry.

I agree with previous posts that a lot of this is all about moderation. Sunning for an hour or two is fine, sunning for 12 hours a day in a desert will ruin elastic. Occasional bleach is not the end of the world, but a lot of it in every load will cause faster wear.

In all seriousness though, did they really need to include the part about someone putting a dirty diaper in the dryer? Some poor person was probably sleep deprived and delirious when they made that mistake, sought help from customer service in an embarrassing situation, and now it's in a blog post that seems like a half-comical collection of extreme customer service stories. I'd be pretty annoyed if I went to someone for help and ended up being slammed in a blog post like that.
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