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No washer or dryer, handwash or laundromat?

post #1 of 9
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I'm sure there are plenty of moms and dads out there who don't have the convenience of a washer and dryer. I'm one of them. I am due in January and we probably won't have a washer or dryer by then, so I was curious if anyone else out there is in the same situation and if they have any advice.

post #2 of 9

I am not personally without a washer and dryer, but you made me think of an article I read. However, I do plan to line dry since it's better for covers and wetbags, so I'd rather just line dry all my diapers. Because of this, I recommend flats. I noticed how long my prefolds took to dry when I was prepping them, and therefore I had to buy more prefolds so I wouldn't run out while they were drying for hours.

http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/you-what-handwashing-cloth-diapers-full-time-the-whys-and-hows/

I personally would do something like this rather than going to a laundromat, seems more convenient and quick. There's also this thing you can get "wonder washer" (amazon), but I don't know if it would make much difference.

 

Actually, they made a challange out of it. You might find it amusing :)

http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/category/cloth-diapering/flats-challenge/

 

**btw I have not had my baby yet, so I don't know from experience how things work

post #3 of 9

I'm finding myself handwashing diapers more and more... it's almost simpler in my situation than waiting for enough to stick in the washing machine. 

 

My tactic:

 

The sink.  Plus (on 100% cotton diapers) bar soap and perhaps some tea tree oil every now and then.

 

I rinse in the toilet, then just stick a few in the sink with some bar soap shavings (or even just rubbing the soap in the water and directly on the diapers) with hot water and... hand wash.  Every now and then I use the oil to sanitize.

 

I am starting to use plain soap more often after reading several books than insisted it was better for natural fabrics and left them softer (I'm a believer after having tried it!)

 

The trickiest part of all of it is getting a proper rinse, but it's doable.

 

All in all, I'm quite pleased with this method.

post #4 of 9

^^I thought you weren't supposed to use soap based detergents because it could cause buildup. Is that not the case with cotton ones like prefolds? I'm asking because I am also a fan of soap, I have a ton of lard soap I made that would be great in my laundry. But I had planned to use soap nuts and oxi-clean in my wash routine to avoid buildup, which is more expensive than using my soap or homemade soap based detergent.

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^^I thought you weren't supposed to use soap based detergents because it could cause buildup. Is that not the case with cotton ones like prefolds? I'm asking because I am also a fan of soap, I have a ton of lard soap I made that would be great in my laundry. But I had planned to use soap nuts and oxi-clean in my wash routine to avoid buildup, which is more expensive than using my soap or homemade soap based detergent.

 

Note that laundry detergent was primarily developed to wash synthetic fabrics, not natural fabrics.  So, yes, the build-up does not apply to 100% cotton.  I've noticed that the soap washings as-of-late dealt with prior build-up from detergents.  

 

My aunt routinely uses straight soap in her washing machine with only positive results, if that means anything, though I myself have only done it a handful of times.  For whatever reason plain soap is what I use for hand washing prefolds.

 

But I do like my experience with straight soap in handwashings.  Again, on 100% natural fabrics.  

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^^I thought you weren't supposed to use soap based detergents because it could cause buildup. Is that not the case with cotton ones like prefolds? I'm asking because I am also a fan of soap, I have a ton of lard soap I made that would be great in my laundry. But I had planned to use soap nuts and oxi-clean in my wash routine to avoid buildup, which is more expensive than using my soap or homemade soap based detergent.


What I use on synthetic dipes is an 1/8 C 20 mule team borax and 1/8 C arm and hammer washing soda, both boxes cost under $7 together, they last a super long time and do fantastic on diaper washing. I tried this (5 yrs ago)as a homemade diaper detergent, and I was having bad stink issues with ALL my pocket diapers, this concoction got rid of the stink quick easy and cheap! It works on cotton diapers too. I've never used it for hand washing, so I can't comment on that, but I don't see why it wouldn't work...
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Note that laundry detergent was primarily developed to wash synthetic fabrics, not natural fabrics.  So, yes, the build-up does not apply to 100% cotton.  I've noticed that the soap washings as-of-late dealt with prior build-up from detergents.  

 

My aunt routinely uses straight soap in her washing machine with only positive results, if that means anything, though I myself have only done it a handful of times.  For whatever reason plain soap is what I use for hand washing prefolds.

 

But I do like my experience with straight soap in handwashings.  Again, on 100% natural fabrics.  

I will keep this in mind, I'm excited to have a way to use up the pounds of lard soap I have sitting around.

 

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What I use on synthetic dipes is an 1/8 C 20 mule team borax and 1/8 C arm and hammer washing soda, both boxes cost under $7 together, they last a super long time and do fantastic on diaper washing. I tried this (5 yrs ago)as a homemade diaper detergent, and I was having bad stink issues with ALL my pocket diapers, this concoction got rid of the stink quick easy and cheap! It works on cotton diapers too. I've never used it for hand washing, so I can't comment on that, but I don't see why it wouldn't work...

I had heard of people using their own detergent on cloth diapers, but I never knew how effective it was. I might give this a try.

post #8 of 9

I hand washed cloth diapers when we were in India. I have to say . . . it got old pretty fast. I used thin flat diapers so they dried faster, and I just had to use more of them. 

 

What about a portable washing machine? Plenty of people use these. It can drain into your sink or bathtub.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=portable+washing+machine

post #9 of 9

Diapers are forgiving. I've been handwashing our clothes in the sink for the last 2 years w/ the usual recipe for homemade detergeant. I separate the pees from the poos; pees going through first w/ just the plunger, then rub off the poos on the washboard. I don't worry about staining as the sun takes care of it, at least in the warmer months. Nov-Feb. is a different story. 2 rinses, sometimes 3, it depends on the shade or degree of cloudiness in the rinse water.

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