Hi mamas! I'm expecting my first in September and am set on using cloth diapers. I'm partial to prefolds (with or without covers, as I also plan on trying EC!) but my DH has also insisted we get some hybrid pocket style diapers too.
We have a regular, plain-old, run-of-the-mill washing machine. It's a top loader and it works "fine" but it doesn't offer much in the way of customization for washing cycles. It doesn't have a pre-soak option or an extra rinse cycle, and both have been recommended (insisted) to me by other cloth diapering moms and in articles I've read about CD care. It *does* have the option to wash in hot water (rinse in cold). The longest wash cycle available is 14 minutes.
My question is: Will this washing machine do the job? Or should we figure out how to work a new, fancier washing machine into our budget?
Other important info: We live in Ohio with hard water, and I was gifted some Country Save laundry detergent to use. I plan to BF 100% until we start solids on baby's cue.
I'd love to hear from other parents who are washing cloth diapers in a "regular" washing machine with none of the frills! Thanks in advance!