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Do diapers have to be washed on HOT? Can they be washed successfully on cold or warm or is hot necessary? If so, why? Just curious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I always thought hot was to kill the germs.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:
 

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That's what I thought too. But I know I've seen some people say they don't wash on hot. Sometimes I even do two hot washes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Yea, I though hot was for germs too, but then again, isn't that what TTO and GSE is for? I'm wondering if I don't wash every time on hot if I'll end up with horrible build up or tons of germies inhabiting my dipes. Hmm ...
 

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Sometimes if i'm just not in the mood I will just do the cold wash. They come out just fine. I do diaper laundry daily though so they arent sitting long.
 

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We have done both and I think they work equally as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've also been thinking about this recently. I'm thinking not washing nappies on hot would be better for their look/lifespan.<br>
Anyone know for sure if it's okay to wash on cold or warm?<br><br>
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My understanding is that boiling water is needed to kill germies, and I don't think many of us wash with water that hot. But hotter water does clean better generally. We have our water heater turned down to 120 degrees for safety reasons, and I wonder if that is part of our stink battle. If I was doing it all over again I'd get a washer that superheats its own water...
 

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The water has to be boiling to kill the germs. Hot water is great for getting out grease, but I am not so sure that it dissolves the poop any better than warm - the agitation dissolves it. I also know that "hot" water will set stains.
 

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I always do a long cold wash with detergent and baking soda and a second rinse first, then a long hot wash with a second rinse, no detergent. Always after the first cold wash and rinse my diapers still stink. Ick! ...but after the hot wash they smell all fresh and clean, actually...they don't smell. :LOL That's a good thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Dh did a load of diapers for me last week (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">) and he said later, "ummmm...are the diapers supposed to still smell after the cold wash?" I said, "yep". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sick">
 

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Wawoof, that is what I thought, too. Hotter water cleans better. I always wash my dipes twice in hot water after soaking in the washer. Sometimes I even do a double soak. This seems to work best. Do you think it's excessive?<br><br>
I add other laundry the second time I wash, BTW.
 

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Hmm, I don't know. Have you tried eliminating one of the hot washes and see what happens?
 

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I do Pre-Rinse in Warm. But have to wash in HOT. I saw on Oprah a show on germs. And ever since all Diapers, underwear, and towels are washed in hot, hot water!!!
 

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I refuse to have stinky diapers. I wouldn't do it twice if it worked not to. I just thought about it and I think it's because I have very absorbant AIOs that have a waterproof layer, so it's harder for the water to go through them thoroughly.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Dh did a load of diapers for me last week (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">) and he said later, "ummmm...are the diapers supposed to still smell after the cold wash?" I said, "yep". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sick"></div>
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we mainly do cold washes but every 7-10 wash is a hot wash - that's the recommendation on most wash machines if cold washes is preferred. Our nappies - oops, I mean diapers! - always come out smelling nice and clean, and DS doesn't have diaper rash, so it's working for us. We do wash everyday, however, and with a few drops of TTO.<br><br>
I always thought the reason for using hot water is so that the laundry powder is dissolved properly.
 
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