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i'm very new to cloth diapering (actually last night was the first time we tried it) from what i've read you should wash a load of cloth diapers a few times each time. well my problem is that i'm soon going to be moving into an apartment were i'll have to take my clothes to a lanudry mat. my question is what can i do with my diapers for washing. if i wash as many times as recemonded then i'll have to pay for each wash which will cost a lot after awhile.<br><br>
any ideas on what i can do? can i just wash them once??<br><br>
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i use a coin-op<br>
i do just 1 wash and we are fine...<br><br>
well, my mom did a load at her house, 1 wash w/ soap, 1 without and my dipes were GLEAMING!!<br><br>
but 1 wash with limited wash/rinse cycle options will be ok!~<br><br>
also, there is a thread about a small wash machine that hooks up to sink...we are getting one!!!<br><br>
company is haier (i think thats the spelling)
 

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Hi! I am an apartment dweller and have been washing diapers for the whole time in coin op machines that have three choices: hot, warm or cold. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: I wash them on hot and add a 1/4 cup detergent and a few drops of Tea Tree oil and I've never had anything but clean diapers. I hang dry everything on a rack on our balcony or inside near a window cracked open in the winter and so far so good (4 yrs, no problems).<br><br>
The worst thing is when you get brand new hemp diapers that need to be washed several times to become absorbant. I find I wash them maybe twice and then start using them but throwing them in with any laundry I do just so they get more absorbant quicker.<br><br>
My last tip-we used to have a WONDERFUL little washer/spin dryer (it was Eaton's Viking brand) and didn't I just kill that thing but it worked so great for diapers. It spun the water out so well things would dry on the rack in an afternoon! If you can get on, it can make a big difference! Laundromats and small children are an exhausting experience!
 

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I was doing one wash and started getting stinky dipes. They were also staining badly. BUT...I just got one if those washers that hooks up to the sink (Walmart.com has the best prices!) and my dipes have never been so nice! Even old stains are coming out...its amazing what a little cold soak can do. If that's not an option for you I'd recommend a single cycle most days and maybe twice a month you could give them a cold cycle...then hot...then another hot. HTH
 

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You gotta rinse that poo! Then one wash should be fine. If you can find a laundry mat that has a front loader they usually have a prewash cycle, I use this (the prewash) as my wash cycle (with detergent) and then let the wash cycle be the first rinse. Also, don't be tempted to overload.<br><br>
hth<br>
Simone
 
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