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My 3 m/o may have yeast rash, Im not sure, but just to be safe I want to know how to clean my nappies that they dont reinfect him.
Currently I do a hot wash with washberries(sometimes called soapnuts), a scoop of oxygen whitener when needed and line dry.

How do I kill the yeast or is my washing method not up to scratch?

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*I don't have experience in this* but I would do hot wash with vinegar or grapefruit seed extract. Yeast is nasty stuff.
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I'm pretty sure you would want to dry then in the dryer also.
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Hi,

My kids get yeast infections from time to time. I generally treat the rash w/an antifungal cream but I don't change my washing routine which includes hot water and a hot dryer setting. This seems to be enough to wipe the infection out.

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We dont own a dryer. Dont need one here in sunny Auckland. Is it really necessary for killing yeast? I suppose I could dry them at a friends house....

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I second the Grapefruit Seed Extract. I think that will take care of it...
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HOT HOT HOT wash.
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Yes, use your friend's dryer. The hot wash may not be enough, but high heat drying should be.

Adding vinegar or GSE can help but isn't a guarantee that it will kill off all the yeast. Be sure to wash/dry on high heat any towels or cloth wipes or anything that's touched your child's bottom, in addition to the dipes.

You can use a dishwasher to wash them if you have one but don't have a dryer. The water should get hot enough in there to really kill off the yeast.

Either way I wouldn't use the CDs until the yeast rash is completely gone, else you run the risk of introducing yeast back to the diapers and back to the child.

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Thanks for all the suggestions
I was wondering though, after reading the washing instructions for my nappies online, would they alright drying at such a high temp? They are microfleece and PUL AIO's, and the website says warm dry. Wuld my inserts need the same traeatment? Any ideas on that one?

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I have, and know others who have dried them on high heat and they're fine. You wouldn't be doing it all the time anyway. I'd do the inserts also! You wouldn't want to risk contaminating everything again.
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