Saturday, August 22, 2009

Washing that pee right outta here...(a la 'South Pacific)

I'm gonna wash that pee....right outta here. I'm gonna wash that pee...right outta here and send it on its waaaaaaayyyyyy!

(Cloth Diaper Carnival II)

Alright. I'm a terrible singer, but I thought it was catchy.

Wash routines vary greatly and I think that's a good thing. We all live in different areas and with varying degrees of water/soap availability. And what works for some types of dipes won't work for others.

I've become addicted to Rockin' Green (see sidebar) , but it's quite the indulgence. I'm thinking that a friend and I may split the price and share a bag!

I have a pretty predictable/regular kid so our 'dirties' aren't all that dirty. Our typical wash is every other day with a cold rinse/hot wash/cold rinse. I add the detergent to the wash cycle. In the event that I don't have the RG soap, I use Kirkland (Costco) brand Environmentally Friendly soap. I line dry with a 20 minute dry cycle if needed. (my hemp inserts take the longest)

Here's the kicker...my stain solution kicks butt! (ha...kicks butt...I'm funny, see?!) If you have a set in stain, wash like usual. THEN, BEFORE DRYING squeeze a raw lemon onto the stain and set out in the sunshine. Wash again and check stain. Repeat as necessary. Then dry once the stain is removed. When my microfibers get the stink...or my hard water adds too much buildup (sidenote: this has not happened since I used the RG) I add a scoop of water softener and a splash of vinegar or bleach.

I didn't think I'd like line drying. It's so archaic to me, but there's something methodical about spending the 10 minutes to hang things on the line. And maybe (just like my grandmother said, but don't tell her that I agree) 'Laundry line time, is good thinkin' time.'

Hope this helps anyone who's having troubles! Comment, ping, or join us on the CD Carnival!

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6 comments:

dirtydiaperlaundry.com said...

Thanks for playing! Lemons work wonders on stubborn stains don't they? It is amazing! I already added your link to the post. Check back late tonight or tomorrow for the McLinky code to add back into this post. If it doesn't work, let me know maybe I can help!

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Annie said...

Love this post! I will have to try the lemon juice idea :)

I don't have a clothes line and really want one. I think my 2 yo daughter would love being outside with me hanging clothes up, and it sure would cut down on electricity costs!

And I too really want to to try RG soap - when the money allows (or I run out of my current box of Tide) that will be my first splurge!

Calley said...

Gonna have to try the lemon on those stingy stains...but sun really rocks!

AMother'sEarth said...

oh, man, now I have that song stuck in my head!!LOL

Denise said...

I LOVE your stain solution!!! I definitely need to pick up some lemons for my bamboo diapers...sun helps, but certain stains just haven't been coming completely out! I'm addicted to Rockin Green too, trying to get a local retailer to stock it here where I live.

Melissa said...

I love sundrying my diapers! It's so hot here in Texas that I'm sure all the little germs are dead after a few hours in the sun. And it keeps the house from getting too hot with the drier going.