Originally Posted by SuzieSmiles
I like the simplicity of your system Madelyn! So ladies - I have some prepping questions... my GMD order arrived and I was so excited! Then, I read through the prepping instructions and was like whoah! Can't wash natural fabrics (prefolds, etc.) with microfibers (only have 2 inserts that came with a cover I ordered so not a big deal) nor can you wash covers, etc. together... It's going to make for lots of different loads of laundry, ugh!
Anyway... I have another order coming from Cotton Babies that includes the Allens detergent I'd planned to use to prep them but wondering if I can get started with a couple washes with the detergents I already have, Biokleen Free & Clear Liquid or Ecos Liquid but it is scented - lemongrass, so thinking that the Biokleen would be the best... Would it be alright to do the first couple of washes for the prepping stage with the Biokleen and do the final washes with the Allens when it arrives? Or, should I wait and strictly use the Allens?
And, how strict are you guys with stripping/cleaning your washing machine before laundering diapers? I use Ecover fabric softener with some of my laundry and am worried it will pollute my new diapers if I don't 'clean' my washing machine before washing the diapers... I've also read that some mamas use this Ecos fabric softener on their cloth diapers but am afraid to as most things I've read said to not use ANY fabric softener at all, doesn't matter which kind... I am planning to order some wool dryer balls from Etsy, anyone have experience with them?
Any input on the above would be greatly appreciated:)
Yes, for sure keep the natural fibers and microfleece/microfiber/cover in separate loads, when you are prepping. You can just wash your microfleece/microfiber/covers with a load of your regular laundry clothes, just once, and they will be all set. After the 5 washes of your natural diapers, you can wash everything together.
I would definitely make sure you run an empty hot/sanitary wash with biokleen/allens to clear out the fabric softener. Fabric softener of any kind is really bad. It will coat your diapers and basically make them waterproof, as in the pee will just run off out the leg. It is very hard to fix once it happens.
I would also probably choose just one soap to use on your diapers. If your baby is sensitive to one, you won't know which, if you use two different detergents. :) But that is just me.
I would skip the ECOs detergent. Most of their detergents contain citrus oils that coat your diapers like fabric softener.
I use wool dryer balls, but I haven't really noticed a difference with them.
Originally Posted by MadelynMc
My super simple diaper stash... Am I being too naive here? I've got 12 (I know) Flip one-size covers that I got as seconds (but nearly all of them are flawless) for super cheap, 36 unbleached Indian prefolds infant size, and a couple Snappis. I'm thinking we'll snappy at first and then later just trifold the prefolds in the Flip covers. The only additional needs I foresee would be bigger prefolds for trifolding later and maybe some doublers. Again, am I being naive? I'm trying to keep it super simple. I can see how people get addicted to diapers!
Not at all. After 10 years of cloth diapering, soon to be 5 babies, I think this is the sure way to go.