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Gaye, single mama to Tyler (5/06) and Baxter the labradoodle
Wait...I signed up to DO an Ironman??? I thought I was signing up to go SEE Ironman!
Why do you need to use it? Are you dealing with stains? Unless there are stains that Charlie's or Bac-Out can't get rid of, I'd skip the Oxiclean completely.
If you're wanting to keep them whiter/brighter, clear vinegar works well, as does sunning.
I don't know why they'd suggest washing ahead of time because they're unbleached -- maybe I'm missing something? I know you have to wash a lot ahead of time to build up the absorbency, but Oxiclean wouldn't do anything here other than add one more thing that needs to be rinsed out.
How odd. I can't imagine why they'd say to use it on new diapers. I must be missing something. I'd do the prewash with Charlie's only and save the Bac-Out for tough stains down the road, since it's enzymes and might cause some issues with sensitive skin initially. (Though if you do a hot wash after using an enzyme based cleaner that should kill off any residual enzymes.)
We used just Charlie's on ours from the get-go and it worked great (squirted liquid Charlie's directly on stains and let sit overnight or so). The prewash thing is to build up absorbency and I can't fathom how oxiclean would help that. I'd love to know the reason though!
The only thing to know ahead of time is that Charlie's will remove residue buildup from your washer and other clothes, so I'd wash a couple loads with Charlie's before washing the diapers at all. That way there's no chance of some of the residue coming off on the diapers.
Charlie's is the bomb. We love it!
So what exactly IS the oxybaby used for? Just stains?
I am so glad to hear you love charlies. I did do 2 loads with a few washcloths with charlies to get the residue out of the washer. We use Tide and Downy, so I feel like I need to switch to charlies for all of my laundry because it doesn't make sense to use it, then turn around and use tide and downy (and my hand is heavy with the downy!). Do you use it for all of your laundry, or just CD's? If you do, does it clean big people clothes as well as it does baby stuff?
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