preparing diapers for use - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 16 Old 10-17-2005, 09:25 AM - Thread Starter
 
aisraeltax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: never never land & CPP
Posts: 5,346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i have been building my stash of diapers. most are either new or gently used but they vary. i need to get these ready for wear.
i need to know specifically:
how many times do i need to wash these?
can anyone recommend a detergent (reasonably priced?)
can anyone recommend where to get lanolin for wool?
what do you recommend for drying?
what do i need to do for hemp? organic?

anything re: washing/cleaning that i haven't asked, please let me know. this is the first time ive used cd's in 15 years and never cared for cd's like these before.

TIA
Rach
aisraeltax is offline  
#2 of 16 Old 10-17-2005, 11:13 AM
 
Alkenny's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: ...life is beautiful all the time
Posts: 11,759
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wash 3x on as hot of water as you can get, no soap to begin with and dry in a hot dryer. I use Sportwash for my dipes, because it keeps them stripped and "smell-free". Can't help with the other questions, so bumping it up.
Alkenny is offline  
#3 of 16 Old 10-17-2005, 12:01 PM
 
Katie E.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 63
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You will need to use a small amount of detergent for anything new that is made from cotton or hemp. These materials have natural oils on them, that if they aren't stripped prior to using will reduce the efficiency of their absorption. A good test for new products is to sprinkle a few drops of water on them once they've been washed and dried. Are they absorbed quickly or slowly? Or does it still repell any liquid? My partner Nicole has a wealth of information regarding washing diapers, you can contact her through our website (message me for the URL - since I don't have an ad. signature yet, I don't want to accidently break any rules!!! :-) )
Katie E. is offline  
#4 of 16 Old 10-18-2005, 05:07 PM
 
Boobiemama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Idaho!!!
Posts: 4,070
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wash with pretty much anything- purex, tide, gain, surf, all, whatever I am in the mood for.
Cold rinse, no soap, hot wash with soap, extra rinse, Dry on hot, or if its warm, put on the line. Simple! No special care needed for any of my hemp or organics.

www.monkeysudz.com is a good wool wash, or kookaburra wool wash, I am not sure where to get it though.
Boobiemama is offline  
#5 of 16 Old 11-01-2005, 09:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
aisraeltax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: never never land & CPP
Posts: 5,346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i have read that others put vinegar in the tide ball during the wash cycle. is this during the hot wash cycle and is it each time?

thus far, i am thinking of this procedure. please let me know what you think since i want to start on this right away (babe about a month away and i want to have the diapers ready).

diapers - all
cold rinse no soap
hot wash w/ small amt. of soap
extra rinse
dry all except the organic, hemp and AIOs or others that i am concerned about fading, etc. intend to hang these in the basement on a dryer stand since we will not be getting any sun for a long time.

wool soakers:
lanolizing inititally
washing in wool wash periodically

please give me your thoughts.
TIA
Rach
aisraeltax is offline  
#6 of 16 Old 11-07-2005, 05:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
aisraeltax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: never never land & CPP
Posts: 5,346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
was hoping to get a response from someone
aisraeltax is offline  
#7 of 16 Old 11-07-2005, 08:13 PM
 
Kontessa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: MD
Posts: 2,812
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had hoped you would as well as I am in the same boat.

Army wife to wonder hubby. Mama to 4 and Surrogate mother x2.: Zoey Born 5/7/2010
Kontessa is offline  
#8 of 16 Old 11-07-2005, 08:43 PM
 
emilys_mom1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 679
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I add a few drops of lavendar oil to my wash to keep them smelling fresh. Works for me with no issue.
emilys_mom1 is offline  
#9 of 16 Old 11-08-2005, 11:42 AM
 
jessiemom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: canada, prairies
Posts: 397
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I always put vinegar in with my diapers and have never had any stink issues and they always come out clean and residue free, I have mostly hemp diapers. I think it makes them cleaner too but that is just my opinion. I use really hot water too, I think that is the most important thing about making sure they are broken in because it helps remove the natural oils and cleans them better.

Jessie

Jessie (29) mom to Emma (2002), Anthony (2004), Elizabeth (2006) and Ava (2008) and someone new 2010
jessiemom is offline  
#10 of 16 Old 11-08-2005, 03:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
aisraeltax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: never never land & CPP
Posts: 5,346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
also, how many times would you wash diapers in the beginnign? i have read anywhere from 3 to 6...and is this just wash or is it wash and dry that many times?
aisraeltax is offline  
#11 of 16 Old 11-15-2005, 10:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
aisraeltax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: never never land & CPP
Posts: 5,346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
pls i need answers!!! time is Running ou!!!!
aisraeltax is offline  
#12 of 16 Old 11-15-2005, 11:44 PM
 
kathywiehl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The south
Posts: 1,115
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am lazy, so personally I'd just take all of the diapers, toss them in and wash in hot with a small amt of detergent once. I'd wash again in hot with no detergent, then I'd dry them and then wash one more time with no detergent and dry again. Then I'd use them! Not sure if this is the "right" way or if there even is one, but that's what I'd do.
kathywiehl is offline  
#13 of 16 Old 11-16-2005, 12:19 AM - Thread Starter
 
aisraeltax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: never never land & CPP
Posts: 5,346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
aisraeltax is offline  
#14 of 16 Old 11-19-2005, 03:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
aisraeltax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: never never land & CPP
Posts: 5,346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
this is what i am going to do! thanks to all and i hope this is all i need! it kills me to think of all this energy being used! but oh well...environmentally, its better in the long run!
rach
aisraeltax is offline  
#15 of 16 Old 11-19-2005, 03:22 PM
 
Heirloom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Western Massachusetts
Posts: 146
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I washed and dryed my dipes 3x before using as well. Good luck!!
Heirloom is offline  
#16 of 16 Old 11-22-2005, 10:54 PM
 
MAMichele's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 453
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
After this intial "break in" phase, your cloth washing routine won't take up much energy and water to maintain your dipes.
MAMichele is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off