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Just wondering if anyone can share their washing methods with me. I just bought my own CPF's after using a service with my older girls in the past. I have only washed once so far, but I had some poop staining. Is that normal? I must admit, I hadn't rinsed those few diapers. I am washing every 3-4 days, and I am using Charlie's Soap. Prior to that I was using ECOS, which I didn't realize had Soy Softeners in it, so I also have issues with my covers. How do I 'strip' them? I was doing a cold rinse, hot wash, cold rinse cycles. Is that good, or is there a better way to go? My Son is only 10 weeks, and I had a service for the 1st 8 weeks, but I was just tired of spending out the $75.00 per month on the laundering service. So anything that anyone can tell me would really help me out! I was considering a sprayer, because even though my toilet is cleaned regularly, I just don't want to stick my hand in it! And I thought about using my shower sprayer, but I end up soaked! I just bought some bac-out and flushable liners, but do I just squirt the bac-out before throwing into the dry pail? And I keep hearing about Tea-tree oil, does that go into the wash, or is it just for controlling odors in my pail?? So many questions!!!
 

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I do not soaker or spray for a baby that young. The poo comes off easily in the wash.<br><br>
I would wash more often if you want to avoid stains. You can also lay your diapers in the sun while still wet to remove stains.<br><br>
How much Charlie's are you using? I would do a cold rinse then a hot wash and rinse with about 2 capfuls of liquid Charlies. That is unless you have hard water, Charlie's doesn't work well with hard water.<br><br>
What is the problem with the covers? Striping refers to build up on absorbent materials so it shouldn't be a problem on covers.<br>
What kind of covers are you using?
 

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I also use Charlies and Bac-Out and Pf's. I dilute the Bac-out with about 50/50 of water in a spray bottle and spray all poopy diapers. I only rinse the really bad ones with the sprayer.<br><br>
I wash every 2 or 3 days, but I've been trying to de-stain all of them latelY so I've been washing everyday the past few days. It's a losing battle for me to try to go stain-free. DD's poo is yellow like it should be, but stains the pf's green...?? I did another wash adding some Oxi-clean baby, not soaking for hours but just adding some to the wash with Charlies with the pre-soak cycle. The green stains came out just fine but then the diapers smell all chemically, which with Charlies I'm not used to having them smell like anything. So I am currently stripping them in the dishwasher, on their 3rd cycle and there are still lots of suds from the oxi-clean <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I can't strip them everytime I get stains and get rid of them with oxi-clean...it just uses too much water. So I think I will just deal with stains for a few weeks and de-stain and strip them once a month...?? We'll see.<br><br>
Another thing that may have caused the stains was I usually add a few squirts of full strength bac-out to the first cold rinse/cycle and I didn't this time trying to make the bac-out last longer, thinking all the diluted stuff I spray on the diapers before I put them in the dry-pail would be enough. Perhaps not...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Anyways, my wash routine...<br><br>
I pail poopy diapers and just wet diapers seperatly.<br><br>
Poopy diapers/covers go into the wash and I add a few squirts of bac-out and start a cold wash/cold rinse with a presoak (and sometimes I will pause during the presoak and let them soak for an hour or so). If it's not a full load with poopy diapers I will add wet diapers/covers after the cold wash/cold rinse and do another cold wash/cold rinse and add either some more bac-out or a little bit of Charlies. Then I do a hot wash/cold rinse with full amount of Charlies 2tbs of the liquid and some baking soda and vinegar in the downy ball. I sometimes add a pre-soak to this cycle as well. Then I do at least one more rinse cycle on hot. If it still smells at that point I will do a hot "quick wash" which does 2 rinses. You'll have to find a routine that works best with your washing machine though.<br><br>
As far as covers getting build up...our ProRaps and BSWW do get build up and I strip them in the dishwasher, which I will be doing after the pf's are done. You'd be surprised by what they hold onto.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I do not soaker or spray for a baby that young. The poo comes off easily in the wash.<br><br>
I would wash more often if you want to avoid stains. You can also lay your diapers in the sun while still wet to remove stains.<br><br>
How much Charlie's are you using? I would do a cold rinse then a hot wash and rinse with about 2 capfuls of liquid Charlies. That is unless you have hard water, Charlie's doesn't work well with hard water.<br><br>
What is the problem with the covers? Striping refers to build up on absorbent materials so it shouldn't be a problem on covers.<br>
What kind of covers are you using?</div>
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I think my covers may have residue from my previous detergent. ECOS with built in soy softener. Someone had mentioned I should try stripping them. I think I will wash sooner to try to help with the stain issues I was having. I am using 1oz. of the charlie's because thats what they said to use. Should I use a different amount?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I also use Charlies and Bac-Out and Pf's. I dilute the Bac-out with about 50/50 of water in a spray bottle and spray all poopy diapers. I only rinse the really bad ones with the sprayer.<br><br>
I wash every 2 or 3 days, but I've been trying to de-stain all of them latelY so I've been washing everyday the past few days. It's a losing battle for me to try to go stain-free. DD's poo is yellow like it should be, but stains the pf's green...?? I did another wash adding some Oxi-clean baby, not soaking for hours but just adding some to the wash with Charlies with the pre-soak cycle. The green stains came out just fine but then the diapers smell all chemically, which with Charlies I'm not used to having them smell like anything. So I am currently stripping them in the dishwasher, on their 3rd cycle and there are still lots of suds from the oxi-clean <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I can't strip them everytime I get stains and get rid of them with oxi-clean...it just uses too much water. So I think I will just deal with stains for a few weeks and de-stain and strip them once a month...?? We'll see.<br><br>
Another thing that may have caused the stains was I usually add a few squirts of full strength bac-out to the first cold rinse/cycle and I didn't this time trying to make the bac-out last longer, thinking all the diluted stuff I spray on the diapers before I put them in the dry-pail would be enough. Perhaps not...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Anyways, my wash routine...<br><br>
I pail poopy diapers and just wet diapers seperatly.<br><br>
Poopy diapers/covers go into the wash and I add a few squirts of bac-out and start a cold wash/cold rinse with a presoak (and sometimes I will pause during the presoak and let them soak for an hour or so). If it's not a full load with poopy diapers I will add wet diapers/covers after the cold wash/cold rinse and do another cold wash/cold rinse and add either some more bac-out or a little bit of Charlies. Then I do a hot wash/cold rinse with full amount of Charlies 2tbs of the liquid and some baking soda and vinegar in the downy ball. I sometimes add a pre-soak to this cycle as well. Then I do at least one more rinse cycle on hot. If it still smells at that point I will do a hot "quick wash" which does 2 rinses. You'll have to find a routine that works best with your washing machine though.<br><br>
As far as covers getting build up...our ProRaps and BSWW do get build up and I strip them in the dishwasher, which I will be doing after the pf's are done. You'd be surprised by what they hold onto.</div>
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Thanks for replying!! I didn't ever even think of the dishwasher to strip!! Great idea! The only thing I don't get is, do I use full strength bac-out or dilute it in water and spray the just pooped diaper? I just used it for the first time today, and all I did was squirt the poop stain from the bac-out container, but I went and bought a spray bottle from the dollar store and was going to pour it in the sprayer to make it easier. Should I dilute it or use full strength? Thanks again for your help!!!
 

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i dilute what i put in the spray bottle to spray on each diaper. if you don't plan on putting a few squirts into the washing machine you may want to use it full strength...which is maybe something i should do...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><br>
i think it's a good idea to spray the poopy diapers with it either diluted or full strength so it gets a chance to help with the stain. we always had good results spraying with the diluted stuff and adding full strength to the wash...i shouldn't try to fix what ain't broken i guess...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> but surely if you put it on there full strength that should be enough to get through the wash to help with stains/smells. we haven't had any stink issues since we started using the bac-out.
 

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I don't know anything about stripping, but here is what I do for my diapers (prefolds and a few fitteds, BSWW covers). I wash every 2-3 days. I do a cold rinse, followed by a wash on the cotton cycle with hot water and I change the setting to heavy (from normal for how dirty the load is). Then I do a warm rinse at the end. We do have stains, but to be honest, I don't really care. If my little guy is coverless in a prefold, we're just at home.
 

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what detergent do you use to strip covers in the dishwasher? or none at all?<br>
my covers are stinky! help me get the funk out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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dont add anything to the dishwasher...when the cycle is about half way through, open it and take a look inside and see if you see suds at the bottom...if so i'd do a 2nd cycle...i had to do 3 cycles with my covers yesterday
 
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