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Old 04-20-2010, 06:11 PM   #1
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How to soften up my prefolds

I have several different kinds - IPFs and CPFs from a few different places. They're all super, super scratchy now, even though they weren't when I got them (mostly used). I have hard water, but I'm not sure how hard. I have a front loader and wash with Bumgenius diaper wash, which is supposed to be fine for HE machines. I haven't really been having any stink issues, although one time I did smell the tiniest bit of ammonia, so I did a sanitary cycle w/o detergent and the problem was solved. Today I did a wash with Calgon water softener and detergent, then another wash with just Calgon and no detergent. I thought that would soften them up, but no luck. They're just so rough, I feel bad putting them on DD! Same with my UTN terry fitteds - ROUGH and SCRATCHY! What do I need to do differently?

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Old 04-20-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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We like seventh generation fabric softner. Are you line drying or using a dryer?
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:34 PM   #3
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Re: How to soften up my prefolds

It depends on the weather. :-) With my older DD we lived in another state and had a top loader, and I recall just hanging them out on the line, then throwing them in the dryer for 10 minutes to soften them up. Now they aren't soft even when I dry them in the dryer.

I am guessing that if I use that fabric softener I'll have to separate out anything with fleece, right? Is it a liquid or sheets you use? Thanks!
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Dryer balls and check for detergent build up. Add a water softner like Calgon or Borax.
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It's liquid but I have used it on everything and it hasn't caused repelling with my suedcloth or fleece liners. Ecover is also recommended as long as it is plant based softner.
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I've got a few suggestions:
1) Dry them with some dryer balls to fluff and soften. Even if you put them on the line, pop them in the dryer at the end for 10 min or so with some dryer balls.
2) Add vinegar to the rinse.
3) Try adding half of a cap of Ecover to the final rinse once a week.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:14 PM   #7
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We have extrememly hard water and dryer balls help alot.
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I keep hearing about dryer balls. Is there a certain type that works best?
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i've used tennis balls in the past
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I was wondering where to get dryer balls, too. I've heard tennis balls are not safe to use because the chems in them is toxic, especially when heated. They're not even safe for dogs to chew on, so I wouldn't want to put it on something for my baby.

Anyway, I have used vinegar in the rinse to soften and it has worked well for me. I don't have any experience with any kind of fabric softener on my dipes, so I don't know about that. Hope you find something that works.
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