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I am not convinced that it is neccessary to wash diapers in hot water. So, convince me <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 wash on hot here because I feel that I *should*, but Im not much help 'cause Im not entirely sold either<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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i do a cold rinse to rinse the urine out and get all the yuck lossened and washed down the drain. before i start that i turn the water heater up as high as it goes. i know it goes over 160*F when the cold rinse is done i do a wash cycle on HOT with 1tbsp of Charlies detergent. then another HOT rinse then dry them on HOT or line dry them in the sun.<br><br>
well when i have one in diapers that is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">:<br><br>
NO detergent actually kills germies.<br>
hot water will. TTO helps so does GSE.<br>
and we all know that bleach, while a great germies killer is BAD for diapers AND the environment.<br><br>
for me, i wont take the risk of NOT washing in hot water. diapers should be germ free when i put them on my child.<br><br>
not to mention when they are germ free they dont stink as badly.
 

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no convincing from me. I have been stocking up on my BG 1.0 and washing all my girls dipes on warm with no difference. I don't know if I could get away with washing on cold though.
 

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The only time I've used hot is when I was pre-washing my flats and trying to shrink them. Otherwise I use warm water. I'm just not convinced hot water is necessary. I mean, if you're that concerned about germs, does that mean you wash all your clothes in hot water? Or at least your dishrags? (Seriously, that's my biggest "gross-out"...dishrags. I use them once and then they go in the wash. Do you realize how many germs grow on a clammy, damp washrag? If one is left out by someone else, I pick it up with my thumb and forefinger and hold it far from me. They revolt me. And I don't even wash THOSE in hot water!)
 

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I wash hot we had issues if I didn't I also use bleach <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: I never used much but I have no regrets it totally cured my DD constant rashes AND FIXED <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: any diaper issues we had with leaks or wicking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My rountinue was<br>
1 Hot wash with squirt of charlies and table spoon bleach<br>
1) short wash (warm) nothing<br>
3) Dry<br><br>
I started this method after trying everything and fighting open bleeding raw rashes with my DD. With in about 3 days she totaly cleared up, her AIOS that we thought could only make it an hour tops were lasting all night and her covers that we were about to replace from wicking were suddenly repaired <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: Her rash never came back unless she got some foods shes allergic to but even then it cleared fast. Honestly other than lighten some of my diapers I've seen no damage to them using bleach actually quite the opposite. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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Sorry, but yuck, we're talking feculent human waste. IMO, to be sanitary, diapers should be washed on hot.
 

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hot water is important. poo is greasy in a way and it really is important to use hot water. did I say it's important to use hot water? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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ok, keep those opinions coming!!!
 

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I use HOT water. Is not using hot water an energy concern? Because if that's it, you can do what I do when I feel like the dipes need an extra good wash (such as after a sickness) I fill both of my stockpots with hot water and bring them to a boil on the stove. Then throw the water in with the wash. I may repeat this for the extra rinse as well. I agree that no detergent kills germs and that diapers especially need to be germ/yeast free. We've never had a stink/yeast/repelling problem with this method, and I've also never had to use any harsh chemicals like bleach. HTH
 

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I know this isn't the exact same thing, but could you imagine if your local hospital or hotel decided to wash their linens in anything other than hot water? Yuck! You definately need to use hot, esp for poopy dipes!
 

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Sorry, slightly unconvinced myself. I do wash on hot, because it seems like the prudent thing to do, but I don't turn up the hot water heater or anything. I think it's hot enough to help clean, but not hot enough to be germicidal by the time the machine fills. I do think as long as they get really dry, it's ok. I also like to do most of the drying on the clothesline in the sun (also a germ-killer) and then toast them up in the drier to make sure they're *really* dry. I just worry all the drying will kill the elastic on my fitteds before ds is done with them!<br><br>
If I run into major rash issues, I'll try the more drastic measures.
 

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In my unscientific observations, I have to wash my diapers on hot or else they stain and don't smell very good. My diapers are all cotton, so maybe it's different for people using techno-fabrics?
 

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I don't mean to hijack this thread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: but I do have a question about this. We are moving in a couple weeks into a home that does not have hot water available to the washing machine. . .I will have to wash everything in cold including dipes. Will this be a problem? Could I just add some tto or gse to help sterilize the dipes? When would I add this? Will it harm the dipes?
 

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i wash dipes in cold then dry in a hot gas drier. i use Lifekind liquid detergent. that is it. DD is two months now and hasn't had any problems that I know of. I do wash everyday, I don't let them sit long before washing.
 

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I wash on warm/cold... I did a hot cycle once and saw absolutely no difference, so decided it wasn't worth the energy... I'm actually considering trying cold/cold and see how it goes<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I dry on low.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I don't mean to hijack this thread but I do have a question about this. We are moving in a couple weeks into a home that does not have hot water available to the washing machine. . .I will have to wash everything in cold including dipes. Will this be a problem? Could I just add some tto or gse to help sterilize the dipes? When would I add this? Will it harm the dipes?</td>
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Dryer heat or sunning will also help sterilize. I personally noticed no real diffrence cleasning wise between hot and cold it was with DD rashes we noticed a huge diffrence. When we did bleach with cold warm wash it improved but didn't sure hot and the bleach wipes it out and kept it away.
 

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Well as long as it's working for you, the dipes are clean, keep doing it!<br><br>
You did mention two things that I think are key as to why this works for you:<br>
1. You wash every day<br>
2. Your babe is only two months old<br><br>
With very young babies (EBF) their urine is so dilute and their poop is pretty tame, their dipes come clean with less energy/effort. You may find as your babe gets older that the cold water doesn't cut it. As they become toddlers their pee isn't as dilute (especially at night) and their poop is a whole lot worse which translates into germier dipes.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well as long as it's working for you, the dipes are clean, keep doing it!<br><br>
You did mention two things that I think are key as to why this works for you:<br>
1. You wash every day<br>
2. Your babe is only two months old<br><br>
With very young babies (EBF) their urine is so dilute and their poop is pretty tame, their dipes come clean with less energy/effort. You may find as your babe gets older that the cold water doesn't cut it. As they become toddlers their pee isn't as dilute (especially at night) and their poop is a whole lot worse which translates into germier dipes.</div>
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Good points we had few to no issues with rashes or cleaning issues when DD was an infant and we washed daily it wasn't untill she got older into regular foods and we skipped a day or two between washes that we had more issues.
 

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Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Therefore, we wash in warm and hang them to dry in the sun. If I have to tumble dry due to weather, then I use hot.
 
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