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    How exactly do you clean cloth diapers?

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    Obviously, I am not a new mom. However, my best friend is pregnant. I know that there's TONS of resources on cloth diapers on MSOS (which I'm going to direct her to) but to satisfy my own personal curiosity, how do you clean them? I've heard of screens that go over the toilet, and also this very foreign concept of a "wet pale" but that sounds really, really gross.

    I know, there's always questions about cloth diapering. Help me out here, lovely ladies!
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    I think you spray them off in the toilet and them wash them like 50 million times and then they're clean. Not positive though .


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    Cloth diapers freak me out |:
    My mom used to use them so if this thread is still open tomorrow I can ask her

    Although I'll probably get some weird looks ranging from
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    hahaha to the PP

    ummm lol i have no clue we used Luvs, Huggies and the such.

    But I would think you plunk it off in the potty and then soak in warm soapy water then wash the heck out of them.
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    Lol...I dry pail (put them in a smell-proof, water-proof bag), then soak em in a tub of Oxiclean overnight, put em in the washer with soap once, then without soap once or twice, then dry em. Boom. Done. No stains, no stink.
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    If it's breastmilk poop, you don't have do do anything since it's water soluable. Anything else gets shaken off into the toilet. All the dirty diapers go into a plastic tote with a lid until wash day when they go in a cold rinse X2 then hot was with soap then rinse X2 again.

    It's not glamorous or fun but when I've got the lucky allergic-to-disposable child.
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    Soak them in oxiclean and then wash
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    Quote Originally Posted by katinahat View Post
    Lol...I dry pail (put them in a smell-proof, water-proof bag), then soak em in a tub of Oxiclean overnight, put em in the washer with soap once, then without soap once or twice, then dry em. Boom. Done. No stains, no stink.
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    If it's breastmilk poop, you don't have do do anything since it's water soluable. Anything else gets shaken off into the toilet. All the dirty diapers go into a plastic tote with a lid until wash day when they go in a cold rinse X2 then hot was with soap then rinse X2 again.

    It's not glamorous or fun but when I've got the lucky allergic-to-disposable child.
    OMG That sounds like such a tremendous use of water!!! And I assume you wash the cloth diapers alone? How often?

    Kinda makes me wonder how truly eco-friendly it is. (Mind you, this coming from a desert dweller who has learned that drought is serious business and "only water the yard on Mondays and Thursdays").
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    I rinse off any solids (or drop them into the toilet if I can) and then throw them into a plastic bin. Then they go in the wash where they soak for about 15 minutes, wash with some detergent, then get rinsed twice and stuck into the dryer. It's not bad at all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Luci View Post
    OMG That sounds like such a tremendous use of water!!! And I assume you wash the cloth diapers alone? How often?

    Kinda makes me wonder how truly eco-friendly it is. (Mind you, this coming from a desert dweller who has learned that drought is serious business and "only water the yard on Mondays and Thursdays").
    I wash three times a week unless we have an influx of really nasty ones. I'm with you, I don't think it's much of an eco-friendly choice but I don't have a choice
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