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#91 of 112 Old 04-06-2011, 02:14 PM
 
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I hope this isn't totally OT, but wanted to know what you mamas recommend for washers for washing cd's.  I'm definitely going to need one and by that time dh should have a better job.  Currently we wash our clothes at MIL's.  I don't think bringing over cd's all the time will work, but we do have a clothes line and I'll buy one of those things to line dry inside as well.  I want to get a top loader since I hear the front loaders you can't do a soak and I don't think I want to spend that much on a washer anyway, but if you recommend a top loader that would be way awesome.  Let me know if this is too OT and I'll go to the cd part of the forum.  Thanks.


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They have some really awesome high efficiency top loaders now that have all the features of the FLers! I would just check out Sears or Best Buy or something and see what you can find.

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They have some really awesome high efficiency top loaders now that have all the features of the FLers! I would just check out Sears or Best Buy or something and see what you can find.


Our washing machine broke a few months ago and we went with an HE top loader. In my research I read so many bad things about the front loaders that I felt it was a gamble, I didn't want to spend a fortune, and I didn't want an all-digital machine -- too many things to go wrong and result in expensive repairs! So the result was a HE top loader that still has several cycle options and is doing a fantastic job for us. Since it's a HE we qualified for town and state energy rebates totaling $150 and the washer was about $500 on sale. I am really happy with it. I typically just use the hot cycle for my CD's and to soak them I simply start a normal cycle and pause it once the drum has filled.

 

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I WISH I could have gotten the top loaders ><

Our washer just cut out suddenly, and our dryer took like 3 cycles to dry as it was! I went to one of those lease to own places because I wanted a GOOD set that would last a really long time, and I couldn't shell out that kind of cash all at once. So I ended up with Samsung front loaders which are awesome except for cleaning CDs. I paid it all off with our tax return so I didn't have to pay any extra financing costs (that's how they get you) and of course when I went in to the store to pay it off they had some brand new HE top loaders lol!

 

 

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Top loader all the way.  Frankly you NEED a lot of water to get cloth diapers really clean.  They are freakishly absorbent, after all!  My routine is as follows (and I combine natural fibers and microfiber after all prepping is completed, btw):

 

1.  Cold rinse (gets out the pee and poo) on quickest shortest cycle.

2.  Hot wash with recommended amount of cloth-safe detergent (I use Dropps) on the "long" wash setting with the most "bashing" agitation.  I sometimes lower the water level so that they are really chugging around in there, not floating gently without touching each other.  This is important to avoid buildup.

3.  Final rinse.  Cold.

 

I have never had stinky diapers.  (Knock on wood) My baby is 11 months and I've used cloth from Day 5, when her umbilical cord fell off.


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Thanks for the washer rec's.  I think it would be best not to go digital, great idea.  I know it was so expensive to get my mom's front loader looked at and stuff, so I definitely want to go as low tech as possible.  Oh, and thanks for the washing instructions.  I think because I didn't know to use a cold cycle first that they started getting stinky soon after, so that helps.thumb.gif

 

I think I'll also try some flat diapers, that looks easy, not bulky, and such a good price on organic cotton flat diapers.  Awesome.


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Top loader all the way.  Frankly you NEED a lot of water to get cloth diapers really clean.  They are freakishly absorbent, after all!  My routine is as follows (and I combine natural fibers and microfiber after all prepping is completed, btw):

 

1.  Cold rinse (gets out the pee and poo) on quickest shortest cycle.

2.  Hot wash with recommended amount of cloth-safe detergent (I use Dropps) on the "long" wash setting with the most "bashing" agitation.  I sometimes lower the water level so that they are really chugging around in there, not floating gently without touching each other.  This is important to avoid buildup.

3.  Final rinse.  Cold.

 

I have never had stinky diapers.  (Knock on wood) My baby is 11 months and I've used cloth from Day 5, when her umbilical cord fell off.

 I wash EXACTLY the same way-down to the Dropps...I love them!!  I was washing about 16 diapers every 2 days on a medium water level.  It's worked really well for us!!
 

 


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 I wash EXACTLY the same way-down to the Dropps...I love them!!  I was washing about 16 diapers every 2 days on a medium water level.  It's worked really well for us!!
 

 


Where do you get the Dropps at?  Can you usually find it local like Charlie's?  I used Charlie's last time and I don't know if I was just doing it wrong or the Charlie's wasn't really working.

 


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Where do you get the Dropps at?  Can you usually find it local like Charlie's?  I used Charlie's last time and I don't know if I was just doing it wrong or the Charlie's wasn't really working.

 

I didn't like Charlies @ all. Seems like every diaper would come out stained. I ended up switching to  RNG & everything comes out great now :)  I had never heard of Dropps...
 

 

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Is RNG approved for HE machines?

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Sounds like there are as many soaps as diapering styles these days! I'm so glad when I see something positive go mainstream. You can even buy many varieties of cloth in BRU now! Who knew. :0) Anyone ever use those new disposable liners? Are they biodegradable? Have any wicking qualities or it is just a convenience factor to make clean up easier? What do they feel like? I think I'm going to stick old school with flats and wool covers. Oh word to the wise...Nicky diapers covers in size NB are HUGE. more like 6-9 months rather than 0-3 but they are so soft and dont have that PUL lining to make them waterproof. I guess if you have giant babies they are great but my 6 lb peanuts couldn't wear them for a loooong time! :0)

 

I saw an article today about biodegradable disposable diaper service in the Bay Area! How cool is that? Not everyone can use cloth conveniently, but to be offered a choice to use disposables and stay green? How sweet is that!!! If anyone is interested in reading about it here is a link:

 

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Is RNG approved for HE machines?



It says you can use it for HE washers. We have an HE machine. I think the directions just say to use a little less.

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Where do you get the Dropps at?  Can you usually find it local like Charlie's?  I used Charlie's last time and I don't know if I was just doing it wrong or the Charlie's wasn't really working.

 


I buy Dropps at Target.  They are also occasionally on the "deal" sites like BabyHalfOff.com or mamabargains.com.  Best of luck!

 


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I started my stash of fitted pockets and covers, about a month ago (due end of may). its way fun to get all creative about it, and it takes less then 20min to finish from cut to done.  however, I'm having a hard time finding pdf's or measurements for newborn covers. any advice?

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I started my stash of fitted pockets and covers, about a month ago (due end of may). its way fun to get all creative about it, and it takes less then 20min to finish from cut to done.  however, I'm having a hard time finding pdf's or measurements for newborn covers. any advice?

I have a pattern for a knitted wool soaker if your interested in that style? If you look back in this thread there are a ton of links. Good luck!
 

 


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Anyone ever use GDIAPERS? I'd like to hear some personal input from others experiences on these.

Thanks!!!


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We're CDing. We already have everything because we CD'd with the last two. I just use prefolds with a snappi and cover. Nothing expensive or fancy.


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We started cloth diapering at about 6 weeks and I wish I would have started earlier. We use mostly prefolds with thirsties covers but we have about 9 pocket diapers my hubby prefers. We use them all the time except for a 4 day trip out of town.
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I'm planning to do cloth diapering and hopefully EC with my first, due in June. I'm looking forward to it even though my family thinks its going to be a lot of extra work to wash diapers. They also think it's not as hygienic (think that you can't wash them very clean). 

 

I was overwhelmed with all the choices out there so just thought I'd start with folding flat cloths and see how it goes. 


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I'm planning to do cloth diapering and hopefully EC with my first, due in June. I'm looking forward to it even though my family thinks its going to be a lot of extra work to wash diapers. They also think it's not as hygienic (think that you can't wash them very clean). 

 

I was overwhelmed with all the choices out there so just thought I'd start with folding flat cloths and see how it goes. 



If it's not "hygienic" then what do they think about washing underwear?

Flats are great for washing and drying.  The easiest way to use them is to pad fold them and use them with a well-fitting cover.

It's not a lot of extra work. I'm cloth diapering my second now (and doing some ECing) and it's not a huge amount of work.  I do find the ECing a bit time consuming, but it will save you some time later since you won't have to deal with toddler potty training.  Just don't get obsessed about ECing... it's easy to do so. 


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Anyone ever use GDIAPERS? I'd like to hear some personal input from others experiences on these.

Thanks!!!



I hated the marks that the snaps left on my little one's skin.  The snaps aren't always exposed though, so some people don't notice until their baby gets bigger.


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