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Old 02-24-2006, 03:16 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I posted in diaper making last week, but we can't figure out what's happening.

Some of Z's wool covers are discoloring in the front where his diapers get most wet. One is recycled from an expensive wool sweater, the others I made from fabric that I bought from a reputable online source.

They're used almost every day, and get washed about every 4 weeks. Should I wash them more often? They never smell before I wash them, I just figure it's been time...
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I just wanted to say that I am having the same exact problem with a homeade soaker that I knit and an aristocrat. they have brown stains in the heavy wet areas and it is not from poops.
I have tried soaking and repeated washes with eucalan, but the stains will not go away...
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I'd try washing them more often, and with more lanolin. It could just be that the dyes are getting too much exposure to urine, causing it to fade.

As for the brown stains, I'm assuming these are both natural colored soakers, if the lanolin isn't emulsified enough when it's added to the wash water it could settle in large spots, causing brownish spots. In my experience, once the spots appear they cannot be washed out, it's like an oil stain.
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Double post, sorry.
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Old 02-24-2006, 07:22 PM - Thread Starter
 
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ish - Thanks for the info! I've been using only Eucalan for the longest time because I haven't had wicking issues. But I can see how more lanolin would protect the wool, so I'm going to lanolize them and see if that helps prevent any other problems.

OT- You're due about the same time as we expect to have ours!
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I just recently read that water that is too warm can cause color bleed in wool - maybe that could be it?

and I see you are PG!!! HOT DOG!!! Congrats!
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