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#1 of 7 Old 09-04-2006, 01:59 AM - Thread Starter
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Can clothes be saved and recycled for diapers if they've been washed to death in non-cloth diaper friendly detergent and fabric softener?

I just want to know before I start the time-consuming and energy-wasting process of stripping.

My sister gave me a bag of clothes and some of the stuff would be great for diapers (80% cotton velour pants mmmm....) but omg you should see how they wash their clothes!

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I haven't done it myself, but it is probably possible. I guess you would just wash those bad boys to death with vinegar and no soap. If the water has no suds, then I'd dry. If water beads off and you are up for another round, go for it, otherwise, pass it on sista.

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I would wash them in a cd friendly detergent several times, no need to send them through the dryer between washes. Something like Charlie's or sportwash would be great, as they remove the old detergent residue.
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Glad to see some one else asking this! I am in the process of stripping a bag of my husbands old t-shirts (mostly stuff from college ie he use to wash them himself ). I've washed them 4 or 5 times (I've lost track) and still have a washer full of suds!!! I put a little bit of Rain Drops (a calgon rip-off) into the first two cycles, then switched to just white vinegar (in the rinse) for the last two or three. Will the suds ever end?!? Should I be putting vinegar in the wash rather than just in the rinse? (I was able to use this as a lesson on laundry for DH, though "This is exactly why I am always telling you not to use as much detergent as the bottle says!" I think he finally believes me!)

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It's kind of funny that way before I ever even thought about CDing I was a cheapskate and used 1/2 of whatever the detergent recommended. So If I dig out old cothes to recycle it shouldn't be a problem.

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If you wash in Calgon boxed water softener it will strip everything out of the material.
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If you wash in Calgon boxed water softener it will strip everything out of the material.
It really makes little to no difference for me if I use Calgon or not, I have very hard water and even extra Calgon doesn't work. But when I switched to Sportwash then Charlies, tons of suds for the first few washes.

So to the OP I would say you might have to try a few things to get all the detergent and softener out, depending on your situation.
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