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<p>Up until recently I have been washing dipes every 2 or 3 days in the Hair washer I have. It is the uber compact portable model that holds like 6 lbs of cloth. I would 'heavy' wash with bs and sals suds then 'light' wash with vinegar as a rinse cycle. I only line dried everything since I don't have a dryer. This has worked beautifully for about 7 months (for my sons first month I washed by hand!) until the washer started leaking really bad a month ago. It is under warranty but they have not been able to get the part from Japan yet. I think I might void my warranty and go to home depot soon. </p>
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<p>So for the past month I have been hiking or biking once a week the  mile or so distance to the laundromat. I use the largest machine because I can't believe how many diapers we actually have here! I wash in the machine that has the 'extra wash' and 'extra rinse' cycle and use the same ingredients as I did at home. I use the dryer there to dry because I am not going to lug heavy wet diapers back (although I think there just about as heavy when dirty:)</p>
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<p>Bottom line. Now they stink! I need to strip them. I think it is from residual detergent being left by people who use extra soap because it's a big machine even though there are giant labels saying ONLY USE 1/2 OF DETERGENT!!!!! One time they came out reeking of fabric softner so I did the whole wash rinse routine twice. Before moving into my little shack I call a house I rented a room in a house with a HE washer and dryer and stripped my now 3 yo daughters diapers and trainers with 2tbs of Dawn dish soap. It was really bubbly and I ended up running the machine three whole cycles in hot before it was bubble and scent free.</p>
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<p>I need to strip diapers and have to do it at the laundromat but I don't want to spend four hours and a ton of change there. Any suggestions?</p>
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<p>ETA: We use organic cotton and hemp prefolds and fitteds and our covers are all handwashed wool. The covers still smell yummy despite having stinky diapers stuck in them!</p>
 

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<p>cant you just boil them in a big pot on the stove to strip them? then hang dry. it would take a while but you wont have to go to the laundromat or spend the money. that is how i primed mine, i didnt even have a huge pot, just the biggest one i have, I set up an assembly line type thing, dry diapers:stove with pot:big bowl to transport:left side of sink to rinse to cool:hand rung out:landry basket to transport:drying rack on the deck.  I had to add some water and Dawn a few times.</p>
 

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That might work if it was just dried on urine but I think the diapers have detergent buildup from the public machines. I really want to know how to use dawn at the laundromat so they don't bubble over and get me kicked out of there! I am thinking of splitting it into two loads but still using the extra large machine to reduce the chance of bubbling over.</p>
<p>Also I am so over handwashing anything other than wool!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>LadybugMamma</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1315826/stripping-in-a-laundromat#post_16480117"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>cant you just boil them in a big pot on the stove to strip them? then hang dry. it would take a while but you wont have to go to the laundromat or spend the money. that is how i primed mine, i didnt even have a huge pot, just the biggest one i have, I set up an assembly line type thing, dry diapers:stove with pot:big bowl to transport:left side of sink to rinse to cool:hand rung out:landry basket to transport:drying rack on the deck.  I had to add some water and Dawn a few times.</p>
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<p>Boiling gets the detergent residue out too.</p>
<p>When you go to the laundry mat is it possible to rinse the washer out with vinegar or lemon juice to try and get some of the residue out?</p>
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<p>Well I had a chance to strip some of my diapers at the laundromat. I used a machine right after a lady who used 7th generation dergent so if there was residue it wouldn't be that bad. I ended up washing with dawn and doing and extra wash and rinse then washing again with nothing in the machine. I was only able to bring some of my diapers since I was able to get an unexpected ride to do laundry. I think they are good now and don't smell.</p>
<p>I think I might just try to fix my miniwasher on my own and not have to deal with the laundromat anymore. Afterall it's summer and drying in the sun is free:)</p>
 

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<p>Yay my haier just got fixed. I hope it stays sunny enough to dry a load of dipes outside today!</p>
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