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Old 03-23-2013, 02:41 PM   #11
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Re: Washing in Warm Water

I always wash on warm!
Short cycle cold with a little detergent, then warm wash with little detergent and extra rinse!
I imagine the hot water being more tough on the wear of the diapers elastic and PUL

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Old 03-23-2013, 02:59 PM   #12
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How do you shut the cold off momentarily like that?
Mine has a valve I close. When it's done filling, I pass back by the laundry room and turn the cold back on.

I also clean countertops and bathrooms with scalding hot, soapy water. Martha Stewart says. (No, really. In the Homekeeping Handbook there's a chapter on why hot, soapy water is a safer and more effective household sanitizer than anything else.)

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Re: Washing in Warm Water

I run my detergent wash load on Warm but then I run a second short or rinse cycle on hot (no detergent) I find overall better cleaning and stain prevention doing this but still they do go through a hot cycle.
I figure between the detergent, the dryer heat (medium) and my occasional use of clorine bleach or sunning they are disinfected.
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Thanks to my sweet dh turning our water heater up, our water definitely gets hot enough to kill germs! Maybe it's in my head, but cleaning poop in cold or warm water just doesn't sit well with me.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:42 PM   #15
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Re: Washing in Warm Water

Studies have been done to show fecal matter bacteria remains on clothes washed on just warm. In the past Ive tried just doing warm or cool wash cycles and not any sort of hot cycle and we eventually ended up with issues. Now on the other side water is sosposed to be around 150 to kill such germs WAY higher than most washers and a tempeture I'd even worry about with most diaper materials. (and I'm not one to baby diapers)
Things that can help
1) use of clorine bleach or ones with peroxide (such as clorox 2 or oxyclean) can help
2) running occasional very hot empty cycles or bleach cycles to clean the bacteria for the washer
3) keeping the tops of the washer/dryer clean and sanitized to avoid transfering germs
4) line drying the sun is a powerful germ killer
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