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After reading some post, I have decided to try cloth in my bathroom for pee. I already CD, so this idea sounded good to me, and my DH doesn't mind either.<br><br>
Well I was talking to my brother and he drilled me on how I was going to clean them, and how I was going to kill the bacteria. He works in a lab and deals with all sorts of bacterias. He thought that it wasn't a good idea to use them because of the risks of passing strings of bacterias and virus's and other things. He said that a hot wash won't cut it. I told him I don't use bleach because it is bad for the enviro. But then he said that there is bleach and chlorine in the water already.<br><br>
Basically I felt stupid b/c I couldn't answer his ?'s. I have also had someone ask me if the CD I wash really get sanitized. I didn't know how to answer that question either.<br><br>
So mama's, if I wash on hot am I killing anything? Or do my diapers, mama pads, and pee rags have things growing in them?<br><br>
Please help.
 

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I can't give you any scientific advice, except that people who work in labs tend to be a bit obsessive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> If it's a real concern, could each member of your family use a different color cloth? Or add a less-nasty disinfectant to your wash, like tea tree oil?
 

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He he he. My family went nutso when I began cloth diapering and I STILL haven't told them I use mama cloth(and the keeper). It's just not worth the battle. I'm sure your brother had only your best interests at heart but it does seem like he is being a bit OVERcautious. People who work in labs do tend to worry a bit more about viruses and bacteria because that is what they are exposed to constantly. They need to sterilize the area completely to avoid contaminating results, etc. SOOOOOO, your cloth items probably DON'T have bugs growing in them!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> BUT be aware that a hot wash DOES NOT sterilize things. Adding a small amount of vinegar to your wash cycle or a small amount of tea tree oil WILL do that though. Vinegar is highly bacteriocidal and fungicidal. I like the idea of each person getting a different color cloth for the bathroom and maybe putting them in pretty little baskets or drawers in a small nightstand type thing. What about guests? Are you asking all guests to use cloth or are you providing toilet paper for them? I'm just curious. I think my guests would freak and I would need to provide a roll of the traditional wipes for them to use(and kill our environment with). good for you for doing your part!!!!!<br>
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:LOL No, I have tp for guest. I buy recycled tp. That would be too funny to make them use cloth. No one would come to my house anymore. :LOL
 

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I don't think cloth toilet "paper" is a good idea. In cultures that don't use toilet paper people usually wash themselves off with water.<br><br>
I actually find using water far more sanitary than paper (if you doubt it, look at an outhouse or other system that doesn't flush) but it doesn't work well with American style "throne' toilets.<br><br>
I finally found a solution though. In the hospital after childbirth they gave me a "peri-bottle" plastic squeeze bottle to clean off with. It works great because you can direct the stream of water without splashing<br><br>
I think water is far more sanitary and just as ecologically sound as cloth wipes.<br><br>
--AmyB
 

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Zanymom,<br><br>
I work in a lab, and from experience, I know that nothing is better at killing your crobes (as opposed to microbes...a little lab humour there<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: groan) than plain ole sunlight. UV rays and heat coupled with nice fresh air works wonders!!<br><br>
Actually, it's the UV stuff that does the most of the work. In the lab where I work, everything has to be SUPER sterile, and UV irradiation is a really reliable way of killing a whole array of germies.<br><br>
As for pee, urine is actually SUPPOSED (unless you have abladder infection)to be relatively bacteria free! It's when it comes into contact with our skin etc. that it gets contaminated. IT's the poo you hafta worry about. A good cup or so of vinegar thrown into the rinse cycle works really well against Candida (yeast).<br><br><br>
Good luck with your pee rags <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Wow, I just reread that post. Didn't it sound like one of those cheesy ads for bleach or misc. laundry detergent?<br><br>
*doing my best cookie-cutter T.V mom impersonation*"<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="toothy"> I'm a mom, and just like you, I've been looking for a way to get my little Jimmy's whites their whitest. Now that I've discovered X brand..."<br><br>
Too sad!<br><br>
Zanymom, no prob yummy mummy!<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My BIL is an environmental biology professor at a university. According to him, chlorine bleach and ammonia in their basic form break down in the environment rather quickly. It is when they are built into complex chemicals -- like Ajax -- that they are pollutants. I'm just passing on what he told me, but I do think that plain chlorine bleach is OK and cleaning bodily wastes are a justifiable use of it.
 

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VERY VERY interesting thread. By the way Zanymom, I would LOVE to see the looks on your guests faces when you ask them to use cloth. can you imagine?!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> I would love to be a fly on the wall for that! You're right, they wouldn't come back! Anyway, I do remember reading about the UV light thing. When I was diapering M's bottom, I would always hang them in the direct sunlight to combat stains and deal with bacteria. I didn't even think of it to post to you. When I use mama cloth(I have a keeper so I dont' use cloth often) I put them in the sun to dry also. Maybe that's a good idea for your bathroom cloth????<br>
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I, too, work in a lab (where we test for nasty little buggies) and concur about urine being sterile, unless you have a uti. So, maybe to make your bro happy (though frankly, I wouldn't discuss it with mine because I don't think I have to justify my decisions) you could use cloth if you ever get a uti.<br><br>
Also even though we use antibac soap in the hospital, it is really the scrubbing and water that are important- if I had to choose between the two, I'd choose scrubbing with plain water over a quick swish with antibac soap. JMHO.
 
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