Originally Posted by taubel
What exactly is "the wetbag?" As I'm relying more on cloth and less on paper products, I end up with a bunch of wet towels, etc. every day. I feel that I need to wash them within 24 hours so they don't mildew. But is there a way to keep them from mildewing until I'm ready to wash a full load of them? Just trying to figure out the best way to use more cloth without wasting tons of water, energy, etc. Thanks!
Where I live, things do mildew pretty fast. That's why I am willing to wash wet things with any other types of clothes. I throw them in the bottom of the washer and just wash with the next load.
I was M, W, and F every week, with the last load being in the late afternoon (with diapers and all, I usually do about 3 loads a day on those days). During the weekend, I will do a load when the washer fills up (and it usually does, between napkins and dirty gardening clothes and maybe a wet shirt from milk being spilled at supper and whatever else gets dirty and wet). So, at most, my wet napkins are going from dinner on, say, M, to W am, which is about 36 hours. In that time, I usually don't have a problem with mildew.
If I waited a week to have a load just dedicated to kitchen laundry, then, yes, my stuff would mildew. I live in a hot, humid climate, though, which makes a difference. We battle mildew and mold even in the dead of winter with forced air heat.