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I plan to order unbleached prefold diapers, and I have read that these take more washes to get the natural oils out when compared to the bleached prefolds. I am wondering if using dish soap would spead the process up at all?<br><br>
My experience with dish soap is it will cut through pretty much anything... when I dyed my hair purple in college, then decided it was a really bad idea, I managed to wash over 80% of the color out with dish soap in two days, rather than waiting weeks for it to come out on its own. Since then I have also found dish soap to be wonderful for removing motor oil from my hair after working on my car. I'm wondering if it would have the same super cleaning effect on diapers, or if this would not be very advisable?
 

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I don't know if it will work or not but it can't hurt to try. I know there are a few mamas here who regularly wash their diapers in dish soap. The only caution is to not use much (probably only 1-2T). It is high suds where laundry detergent is low suds. If you use too much the suds might just fill you laundry room LOL.<br><br>
Good luck, hope it works.
 

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I also boil mine. I have NEVER pre-washed my prefolds (even the UBCPFS) more than once. I put a big pot of water on the stove, give a squirt of dawn, and bring to a good boil, dump in the prefold (s) depending on the pot, and then use tongs swish while boiling for a few mins (not long really) and then use tongs and drop them into a laundry basket. Wash on hot once 2 rinses to get all the dish soap out (doesn't take much) and then dry, they have all been GREAT after that. It doesn't waste nearly the amount of water/energy washing/drying 6-7 times would.<br><br>
Just a note about the UBCPFS though, your water will turn mucky brown and nasty when you boil them, you can REALLY see all the oils coming out, I add more dish soap and change the water as needed (I was doing 12 so I changed 3 times) It was suprising and pretty gross to see all the muck in them, but hey I knew the boiling was working! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> enjoy your CPF's I love mine! ~
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> a little goes a long way, i did the same as Marnie, but used basic-h, i bet if i used dawn i would have had better results(only had to do 2 washes before they soaked well, but did 3 (i think) for good measure.
 

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So here is a dumb question- do you worry about all that muck getting in your soup pot? I know you wash it again- but still... I am washing my ubcpfs right now and considering boiling them. That's what I did with my hemp prefolds.
 

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I've boiled washcloths in cooking pots with no ill effects... though I'll admit when my one room mate found out I was doing this in college, he was completely grossed out by it. Before I discovered baking soda in the wash, boiling was the only way I could get the sour stinky smell out of washcloths. I figured the pot was metal, smooth, not porous... it would be perfectly cleanable.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I do dish soap and boiling, too.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by MamaMonica</i><br><b>So here is a dumb question- do you worry about all that muck getting in your soup pot? I know you wash it again- but still... I am washing my ubcpfs right now and considering boiling them. That's what I did with my hemp prefolds.</b></td>
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No dumb questions! Actually I figured that it is all natural, as ucky as it looked it isn't going to hurt anything, it isn't like it was chemicals or anything, I mean I didn't put a DISPOSABLE in there *gasp* the horror of the thought! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> No but seriously, a soup pot isn't going to absorb anything to hold on to, nothing sticks to it, I run it through the dishwasher anyway, but it isn't like the diapers are used or anything, it is just natural oils from the cotton. Nothing that is going to hurt anyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Hey- thanks for clearing that up. How long do you need to boil them with the dish soap? I have a pot of water heating up on the stove!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: I didnt know you could do this....... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> but now that I do I will keep that in mind.... But it is logical dish soap cuts out oils.......
 

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I may not have used enough dish soap- I didn't get any brown mucky water- just a faint clear tea-colored tinge to it. I used one quirt of detergent in each pot and boiled for 25 minutes. That took a lot of pots with toddler ubcpfs- dh was not pleased that I was keeping everyone up (ei not nursing the toddler down)boiling diapers late at night- but I hope to use them today.
 
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