I dunno if it's so much my commitment to CD as "trying to figure out these instructions and WHY they exist"
I got the try cloth for $10 package from Jillian's Drawers (there's a link to the newborn package on that page too) - they send you a bunch of different types of cloth diapers to try for 21 days, even if you return all of them, it only costs $10 for those 3 weeks (or you can keep all the dipes for around $145) which is AWESOME... but the washing instructions led the ever-curious PunkElmo to wonder why they were the way they were, and how to make it work for my strange (but not THAT strange) washing situation.
When you receive the list, it has some dipes listed in RED and some in GREEN, and you're supposed to wash and dry (hot water) the GREEN ones once, and separately wash and dry the RED ones 3 times (hot water, wash-dry-wash-dry-wash-dry).
After an e-mail to the company and a thorough response, it seems that the unbleached products have oils in them that need to be stripped (which bleach probably strips on the other products). AND a run through a hot drier is, apparently, a good idea for anything with PUL...
I was told a hand-prewash was fine as long as I could generate enough suds to properly remove the oils in the "red" diapers, so last night I pre-washed the "green" diapers in my wonder wash, hung the inserts and pre-folds to dry, and took the covers, AIO and pocket diaper outer bits down to the laundry room and tossed them in the dryer with our towels. Then I washed the "red" diapers in the wonder wash and hung them to dry - two more rounds of that in store (which may well take 2 days, since I'm too lazy to drag the spin dryer out of the closet, so drying is taking awhile)
anyway, enough about cloth diapers for now... I'm feeling large and uncomfortable... anyone else!? lol.
I feel like labor is imminent, but I haven't actually had a single contraction. we've had the bed made up with a hypo-allergenic/waterproof encasement under our sheets for over a week now - I cleaned the cat fur off the sheets, put a waterproof fitted cover on, another layer of fitted/flat, and then a reusable underpad on top on my side, just in case.
DP painted our dining nook a beautiful glowing orange - now we just need to move all the furniture back in from the living room (esp. since I want to do a trial run of the pool today!).
Our cats also TOTALLY know that a disruption to life is coming - been doing lots of extra snuggling, snacks and playing, reassuring them that they won't be forgotten even though we're adding to the family. *sigh*
Okay, off to put birth supplies where they go (faucet adapter/hose in the kitchen, pool in the living room, etc), then go down to grab DP's surprise (really nice cigars) and get my grocery shopping on at whole foods/trader joes, maybe if I'm super-ambitious, I'll take the posters/photographs to the framing place - WHEEEEEE!
Originally Posted by lizzie
PE, your commitment to cloth diapering is admirable... and I need to go ask someone with a clue if I should wash my hemp stuff separate from my cotton stuff, apparently.