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Old 03-25-2008, 09:18 AM   #11
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Thanks! I'm in the process of prepping prefolds right now and I HATE IT! I'm gonna boil mine today!

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Old 03-25-2008, 06:03 PM   #12
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So if I boil it once for 20 minutes with a squirt of Dawn, one more time without, wash and dry on hot with a presoak and extra rinse once without detergent, and once again with detergent, they should be fully prepped? That would save so much time! It usually takes between 8-10 washes with my FL. Thanks! I'd given up on buying new PFs solely because of the prepping process. Now I can try those new GMD reds!

I've also heard putting baking soda in the wash will help them prep faster, if anyone else is doing this. Haven't tried it though.
You don't have to boil twice - just once for 20ish minutes w/ dawn, then two washes w/ presoaks and extra rinses, the first with no detergent the second with a half dose, make sure you dry on hot both times, then yes - you'll be prepped. They may still get more absorbent with future washes, but they'll do very well for you - you might not even need that second time through the washer and dryer - I only did it b/c I want to dye these and really need all the oils out.

I used washing soda - it was rec'd on the bottle of synthrapol for prepping fabrics.
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I boiled my orange-edge GMDs and my new hemp doublers just last weekend. Since we have coin-operated machines in our apartment building, there was no way I was going to pay for all of the washes necessary to prep them! It worked out really well.
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Re: Boiling prefolds to prep them...a picture tutorial

Thanks for this thread. I am in the process of ordering PF's and will definitely use this method.
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Thank you for sharing. I will have to try this once I get our first prefolds.
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thanks so much for this! i need to prep a bunch of infant prefolds and wasn't sure how to do it.
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I often boil my prefolds to strip them. I had never thought to put a laundry basket with a towel on the floor so I'll definitely try that. I use a very large pot and can fit about 6-9 at a time. They start to almost inflate. I boil them for close to an hour, and yes, they are very hot when you take them out. Thanks for the pic. tutorial!
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Hmmmm I was going to just dye my new prefolds before prepping -- not a good idea?
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thanks .. I have never heard of boiling them before .... I'm going to do some researching on that .... I appreciate the post!
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Hmmmm I was going to just dye my new prefolds before prepping -- not a good idea?
You need to prep any fabric before dyeing it - the natural oils in the fabric will resist the dye more or less in certain areas. Think about it like this - when you dye an easter egg, if you first write on it in wax crayon, the area where the wax is doesn't dye. The oils are kinda like that coating - that's why pf's and such aren't absorbent until those oils are washed out. I'm not saying they won't dye...they just might not dye as well.
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