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So last weekend I went a little crazy picking up a bunch of second hand diapers off the trading post and DiaperSwappers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> They're now showing up and I need to wash them. So far everything looks and smells great!<br><br>
How should I clean them (just to be safe) before using them? For my current diapers I use a cold rinse, an extra long hot wash w/Charlie's, an an extra rinse. I picked up some color safe bleach yesterday. I don't use Tide because I'm allergic. How many washes? What should I use?
 

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I just wash my used diapes just like I wash all my other diapers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I just don't believe that "germs" could stay alive on an object that's been in transit for several days to a week or more. Plus if a diaper looks clean, then it's obviously been cleaned well. It just never occured to me to super wash my used stash, and my kids have never suffered for it.
 

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Thanks! Actually that's a relief. I had all sorts of crazy ideas but I think I'll go with my normal routine except I did turn up my water heater (but really I should probably do that every once in a while anyway to clean out my washer).
 

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Oh sure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I also figure that all the urine in the other diapes will take care of any problems in the new ones - because the ammonia stink sure seems like it could kill anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I've heard some people just wash them through once on a sanitary cycle if their machine has it, and if not, have boiled them for like 5 minutes on the stove just to make sure everything is killed. But I would assume washing them like you normally wash diapers would be plenty. I mean, if it kills germs enough between changes for you own kid, why wouldn't it kill germs from another?<br><br>
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i have no hot water now. should i boil water and add it to the cold in my washer, take them to the laundromat or will they be fine in cold water only?
 
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