Tell me about your washing routine!
I'm due any second with our first baby, who we plan to cloth diaper (we were gifted lots and lots of CD of various kinds, but mostly natural fabric prefolds, flats, and fitteds).
My landlord just put in a washer/dryer, which for any of you that live in New York City know, is a small miracle. However, it is unfortunately a HE, front-loading, all-in-one washer / dryer machine -- notorious for terrible drying and mediocre washing. I'm not so worried about the drying. We have drying racks and airers, and I don't mind using those pretty much exclusively (with the dryer there to "fluff up" the diapers as needed).
But I've been experimenting with wash and rinse cycles on the baby clothes and our laundry as we get closer to the due date, and I'm getting more and more confused about how I should wash the diapers. So tell me about your wash routine in as much detail as you can!
For example, if you run a "cold wash cycle" to agitate the nasties out, how long is that cycle? Does it use a decent amount of water? Do you reduce the spin speed to keep in more water? In our machine, the "cotton" cycles barely add in any water….in fact I can't even SEE any extra water in the machine, and the clothes seem just barely wet!
And what about the main hot wash -- how long does the machine agitate for? We have the option from a 15 minute agitation, all the way to an hours worth of agitation….how much do you think is necessary? Does your wash cycle do a soak at all? What soap do you use and how much?
Thanks for your help ladies.
Mac + Nick
Expecting someone new in late June 2014. Remembering our 3
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