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I am totally almost smitten with wool. I never ever thought I'd say that. I never tried it with DD (she's 3) and with DS I only just recently tried it. We've been using wool at night for a couple of months now and It's so great...I'm so very tempted to switch and use nothing but wool...especially since I've been making my own soakers out of sweaters and all...but I have a few ???s...how many do I need? With them taking 24 hours to dry after they're washed and then needing to dry them between uses...argh! How does that work for you, anyway? I've only used them at night, like I said, so I'm unsure of how this would work if I used it full time. With my BSWW, I just go between using 2 during the day...would the same go for the wool? Ho hum...I'm really tempted to have like 10 soakers...for each of my kiddos and my daugher only uses them at night...hrmm...any thoughts?
 

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One of the great things about wool is that it is self-cleaning. The natural oils in it become soap-like when they react with urine. Unless it gets poop on it, you only have to wash it once a month or so! Other than that you just turn it inside out to air-dry between uses. If someone were using fitted diapers with pull-up wool soakers over them full-time, I would say they needed at least 4 wool soakers. If someone were using prefold diapers with wrap-style wool covers over them full-time, I would say they needed at least 6 wool covers.
 

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Are you washing them each time you use them???? The best part of wool is that you only have to wash them every few weeks!!!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">if you spin then out in the rdyer they'll dry in a few hrs. vs. 24.</div>
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Do you mean spin out in the washer? I was so stoked when someone recommended spinning my wool out in the washer. I simply wash them by hand and then put them in the washer, setting it for SPIN only and it works like a charm to get lots of water out!<br><br>
I LOVE wool, too! As a matter of fact, I am lanolizing some covers right now and enjoying how incredibly soft my hands are from the lanolin! It's the best stuff!<br><br>
HTH!<br>
Laura
 

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good grief, yes I meant the washer. that's what I get for typing and talking at the same time.lol<br><br>
A quick spin in the washer and wool dries super fast!
 

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I use wool only for my dd. She gets nasty rashes and this is a huge help. I had 4 soakers over the summer and that worked perfectly. Enough that if I had to wash one it was no biggie. I usually can have dd wear one soaker for 2 diaper changes, depends on how wet she is, but I change pretty often. Wash about once a month and I usually do them ALL at once and squeeze them dry and hang them outside and they are done by morning (wash at night).
 

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I am so glad that you tried wool ~ we <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> all things wool here ~ longies, soakers, sweaters, socks...<br><br>
It is positively addicting! I find that I do less laundry now that we are 100% wool. We rotate 5 pairs of longies for our dd now that the weather is getting cooler.<br><br>
I try to wash my wool on dry days – because it is so absorbent, I find that if it is even a little damp out it an take 24 hours to dry. On dry days I can use it within hours.
 

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before I starting using wool I didn't think I'd like it either, but it turns out I actually love it. It's awesome for nighttime.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I want wool so bad! Unfortunantly i'm living with my inlaws (cursed hurricanes) and they've put their foot down. We can't use anything that isn't plastic's first cousin. I made a fleece cover and they threw a fit over their carpets and the posibility of leakage. I hate not having my own home.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">before I starting using wool I didn't think I'd like it either, but it turns out I actually love it. It's awesome for nighttime.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that"> I didn't think I'd like it either, but now it's just about all I use! I have 3 covers I rotate between during the day, and 2 prs of pants for night. Hmmm, you're giving me the urge to check out Goodwill for wool sweaters.<br><br><b>swtladyfare</b> What a bummer! We lived with my in-laws for over a year while DD2 was a baby in cloth. They didn't complain, but they aren't the type to worry about such things - they have 2 dogs and 4 cats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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my in laws are pretty freaky about the cloth-diaper thing. they love spending time with her but won't do anything with a cd. they stick them all in a little plastic bag for me to 'deal with' when I get home. and they keep buying sposies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I wish I could just say "You keep those paper things off my kid or you can't watch her!" but then I wouldn't be able to go to school and without school...I'll never be able to move
 

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No, I haven't been washing them every time...It just seems the over night ones still are a little damp when I go to use them the next evening...But they are so totally dry and the diaper is soaked underneath. DS soaks through a hemp diaper, a doubler and a premium prefold at night, if that gives you any idea of how heavy a wetter he is at night...the wool has become my best friend because there's no way he'd last in a regular cover wetting like that. In fact, before I had the wool covers, I didn't even want to bother with night time cloth because he woke up so wet even though I used a fleece liner. He still wakes up stinky to high heaven, though...still not too sure what to do about that other than plop him in the bathtub every morning...I usually wet a wipe or two and wipe his bum and plumbing from sitting in tee tee all night long.
 

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My toddler has stinky morning pee too. I don't think there is any way to avoid that. I think 4-6 wool covers should do fine for full time use, of course it gets addicting and you'll want to add more and more, I had to learn to knit LOL but if you're just using wool at night, 2 covers is fine, I would think.
 

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PunkyMom,<br>
Try turning them inside out to dry...that might help. Also, if you can lay them on something mesh like one of those sweater dryer things and put something inside of them to separate the layers (like a cup, bawled up piece of foil, etc) that will help them to dry quicker too. I have a mesh table I lay mine out on and they dry pretty quickly on a dry day.<br><br>
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My dd goes to daycare while I wohm ft, and they put dirties in plastic bags and then in my wetbag, so, needless to say, we're all wooll all the time at home & all pul at daycare.<br><br>
I prefer wool so much over pul. Less leaks & troubleshooting, more breatheable, better feel to it, ...
 

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definitly spin thenm on the high setting in the washer to remove as much water as possible.<br>
I have one of those multi level mini garden green house shelf things which I put over a heating vent , I leave the top flap open for the moist air to escape. They dry super fast .
 

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I would think 3-4 wool covers is the minimum. But you'll get addicted like the rest of us and end up getting many more than that.<br>
When I wash my wool, I roll the covers in a towel which absorbs the excess water then I hang them all on a clothes basket in front of a fan overnight and they are all dry by am.
 

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That's a great idea, Mollyred! I must try the clothes basket trick! Right now, it's taking 2-3 days for handwashed wool to dry out for us.<br><br>
Thanks :LOL
 
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