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#1 of 6 Old 08-01-2008, 08:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Do you actually boil them like pasta on the stove? For how long?

Or do you just boil up some water and then soak the diapers for awhile?

How often do you do it? Just when the stink is unbearable, or every time you wash?
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I boil them like pasta on the stove. I only boil prefolds - anything with plastic can melt and wool may felt. I always do at least 30 minutes of them actually being boiled (meaning, that doesn't include the time it takes for the water/diapers to warm up and get the boil going).

The easiest way I've found to do it is in a canning pot, if you have one, because they are so big. I can boil 20 premium prefolds at once in that, whereas my stockpot can only hold about 6 at a time. I only use pots that don't actually touch food for boiling diapers (that's just me though, you probably can use the same stockpot for diapers and soup if you want, because in theory the boiling kills everything).

I do it when I 1) smell ammonia in the diaper pail (or a pre-ammonia salty stink that I've come to recognize) or 2) DD gets a rash. I used to wait until the diapers DD was wearing started to smell, but then I realized that sometimes that was too late and poor DD would start to get a pink tushy. Now that I boil when I smell ammonia in the pail, DD doesn't get rashes anymore. As DD has gotten older and depended more on solids for nutrition, I've had to do it more often. It used to be once in 6 months, now it's about every other time I wash. I think I could get away with it less often if I didn't have an HE washer, or if my washer had a sanitary cycle, though.

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wow, the one time i needed to boil diapers, i didn't boil for anything even CLOSE to 30 minutes......

i have 3 dozen prefolds. i separated them into about 6 batches (of 6 each, clearly) and used a big stockpot, which is probably not as big as a canning pot, hence the smaller batches. i boiled for about 10 minutes per batch. i had to add water in between batches and re-bring to a boil. i used tongs to transfer the prefolds out of the boiling water and into a bucket until i got through all the batches, then i ran everything through the spin cycle of my washer and then into the dryer they went. killed whatever bugs were giving my daughter that rashy redness

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I have hemp fitteds w/ elastic (Little Beetle) -- can they be boiled?
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boiling isn't GREAT for elastic, but it would probably be ok once or twice.....pp said she boils twice a week? i wouldn't do that with anything but prefolds or flats

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I just boiled my stinky MF doublers. Anyone use Dawn to prep prefolds after boiling?
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