A little background: Pockets are my preferred method, though I have prefolds and wraps too. I have several different kinds of pockets, and all of them work great:
Except for 6 one-size WHAM made ones I bought when ds2 was newborn. I gave up using them cuz they have *always* leaked since I first got them (even though I don't use diaper creams when baby is them, nor do i use fabric softener, and I wash all my diapers the same). I'm about to have another baby, and would really like to use these, without needing to change clothes every time I change a diaper!
I have determined that they are repelling: if I pour a small amount of water on them, it just pools and stays on top. It doesn't soak in at all, even after a few minutes. These are things that I have tried so far, with absolutely no change in absorbablity:
Soaked in warm water and Dawn soap, then I scrubbed at them with a clean nail brush. I have done this twice!
I have boiled them
I have rinsed and rinsed and rinsed them until there are absolutely no suds (I think I may have spent as much money on water and electricity as I have on the diapers now!)
Washing them on the top rack of the dishwasher (twice!)
I have soaked them in water/vinegar and baking soda solution, and then rinsed several times again.
Any other suggestions? Other than using them as wraps. I already have plenty of wraps, and like I said, I prefer to use them as pockets. They are super cute and I really want to be able to use these! I feel they may be trash-bound though