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#1 of 11 Old 05-10-2007, 11:22 AM - Thread Starter
 
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HI,
My son peed on the bed again last night and I've been wondering whether to wash sheets in hot, warm or cold water. I know cloth diapers are to be washed in hot and cold rinse, so I'm wondering...but wouldn't hot water set the protein in the urine to set on fabric?
Please help..

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I always wash my sheets on hot, to kill dust mites. My dd still wets the bed about once a week, and I've never had a problem with the hot water setting the stain or the odor. I try to dry them outside on the line when possible, which makes them smell nice and fresh, but even drying them in the dryer works fine.
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Do you cold rinse at all first before washing in hot water? Do you rinse more than once after washing it in hot water? Thanks for your tip.

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Nope, no extra rinses. The hot water wash seems to get everything out the first time. (Other people might have different tips to share, but this is what works for me. )
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I wash almost everything in cold. I've never had a problem with washing urine out of sheets using cold. In fact, I did it this morning

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just a hot wash works fine.
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If you're worried about any residual odours, tossing a half-cup of white vinegar in with your washload works wonders. I have a cat that sometimes pees on things, and vinegar is the best thing ever for getting rid of any extra smells.
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I used to rinse poopy diapers in cold water before adding wet diapers and washing on hot.

I've never had a problem with urine-soaked clothing or towels (DS tends to have accidents on the bathroom floor, not in bed) being stinky even when washed in cold water, if I washed them immediately.

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I've never had urine stains. My sheets are white. I normally wash in warm with a cold rinse, but we have a tiny water heater so depending on how many showers and loads of laundry have been done before the sheets, the water can get pretty cold.

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I've never had a problem getting clean sheets washed in cold water. They are either dryed on hot or most often hung in the hot sun. Come back smelling clean everytime.
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I wash in cold too and hang outside to dry.
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