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So I was really careful when I learned about washing pocket diapers and felt like I earned my chemistry degree in laundry detergent in order to avoid the much feared build up issues.<br><br>
For #3 I'm trying prefolds and some covers, and I haven't really found any specific washing instructions, save that I am to wash the prefolds (especially unbleached) like 5 or more times initially to soften them up, increase absorbency, and reduce the oils in the unbleached. (And what about covers? Just one wash? How many times do you wash the bleached? Can I wash the unbleached with the bleached initially or with my clothes?)<br><br>
So do I just wash these babies any way I want? I planend to do as always, a cold rinse, hot wash with Charlies, and that's that.<br>
1. I am pretty happy with Charlies, but does the detergent matter as much?<br>
2. Do you ever need to strip? Do I need to even bother with an extra rinse? Is build up an issue?<br>
3. Can I use my weleda rash cream if needed?<br>
4. Can I use bleach or oxygen bleach periodically on prefolds? And kissaluvs? Covers should be air-dried, right?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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What covers are you using?<br>
We use a variety of covers but mostly Bummi SWW Nicky 100% cotton wraps cloth eez nylon covers and diaperaps with some proraps if we got desperate. I washed two ways. 1) I stuck things in a mesh wash bag like you'd use for delicates Woolite makes a nice sized one and just toss in with the wash if a cover got really poopy or every so often to get a good wash I'd do this. The bag helped keep the velcro from sticking onto everything and I could just remove the bag and hang the covers to dry (I just tossed them over the dining room chairs) or I hand washed them and let them air dry. Ocassionally they went through the dryer never an issue.<br>
As for diapers (and the covers) I used a touch of bleach in my diaper wash this included Prefolds and kissaluvs my colored kissaluvs did get spots of bleaching and with some turned "white" inside (but not outside) and I'm sure my prefolds lghtened but performace wise they stood up fine. We made the decession to bleach after battling endless rashes and the bleach eliminated the issue. SO for us it was worth the slight compromise in function.<br>
Though on the flip side while we used to have leaky covers every few months or so one we used the bleach that stopped totally same with her AIOs.
 

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I use mostly prefolds and covers. My wash is two cold rinses, hot wash, two cold rinses. I use vinegar in the second rinse and a small amount of dry detergent in the wash. This is working well after some trial and error. DD is very sensitive to detergents- hence all the rinsing. She breaks out in a rash if she touches anyones clothes other than DH and me. Fabric softener is the worst, and most people use way more detergent than she can handle.So the extra rinses are very important for us, I don't know if there is build up per say or if she just has skin that can detect anything,,,<br><br>
I don't know about weleda, I have gotten some slight staining from the burts bees and un-petroleum that I use.<br><br>
I used bleach on my diapers once. They had gotten super stinky after being in the pail too long. I didn't notice any immediate problems with the bleach on the diapers.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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for prefolds, fitteds, covers, etc this is what i would do.<br>
cold rinse with NOTHING added.<br>
HOT wash (turn up your water heater) with 1tbsp of Charlies, if it works great for your clothing it will work just as great for your diapers, if not better!<br>
hot/warm rinse with nothing added.<br>
dry in the dryer, or hang dry.<br><br>
i always washed and dried my covers(except wool) with my diapers and NEVER had any problems.<br><br>
to get the unbleached prepped i would wash/dry with detergent (charlies helps strip remember?) 5+ times<br>
the white CPFs i would wash/dry with detergent 2-5 times depending on an absorbancy test.<br>
i personally wouldnt wash them together until they are all stripped of natural oils.<br><br>
as for diaper cremes, we only use them when ABSOLUTELY neccesary and we use something that is olive oil based.
 

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Just a warning on the hot water carefull about going too hot if you have a high mineral hardwater hotter can actually increase mineral deposits on yoiur fabric and cause leaks. It took us forever to figure that one out, but it finially occured to us that the thick mineral water deposits we would get on pots after water boiled out or in the dishwasher/dishes might also be getting onto our diapers. We reduced the tempeture and the problem was solved.
 

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Thanks for all the input. Sounds like not too much has changed. After reading last night I see most sites still advise steerign clear of bleach and fabric softener and the like, and that dipe rash cream will stain. I won't worry as much about build up I guess, but since using Charlie's that hasn't been a major problem, unless you count hemp, which I don't much like anymore.
 
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