Oh, this is useful to know! I better wash those new cloth diapers I ordered many times before using them... is it okay to use them as cloth pads and then diaper the baby with them later? My first thought is that, it's not hygienic..
Another question-- is it okay to wash cloth pads in the same load as cloth diapers?
I don't wash my pads with my diapers. My diaper washing (in a front loader) is quite a process, and my pads just don't need that much washing and rinsing. I don't want to wear them out early by over-washing them. So, I just give them a little cold water soak to start with and wash them with a regular load of laundry. I don't think it's gross or unhygenic to wash them with dipes, though. I sometimes wash diapers with regular laundry if they're just peed on or something.