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I live in an apartment complex and during the week can only use the coin-operated machines we have on the grounds. On the weekends I go up to my grandma's and could wash the diapers very well there, but was just wondering if what I was thinking of would work.
I'm going to use a dry pail, and will sprinkle baking soda on the diapers before putting them in the pail. As far as washing goes, I thought I'd soak them in the bathtub with cold water, then machine wash them with vinegar, then rinse them with cold water and hang them to dry. Would this work? If not, what more do I need to do?
Also - for the covers. I have two Proraps and a few wool covers. How do I need to wash these? I can hand wash the wool covers, right? How do I do that, and where can I get products to Lanolize them?
I have about 3 weeks of sposies left, then it's on to cloth!
You can use baby shampoo to spot clean the wool, but I use a wool wash bar and lanolin from www.sudzndudz.com. And yes you handwash. You need to make sure the water is tepid (not to hot and not too cold or it can hurt your wool). You will need to lanolize at least once before you use the wool to make it waterproof. Take a dime sized amt of lanolin, a tiny spec of baby shampoo in a mug, and add hot hot water, add that to a sinkful of tepid water, then add the wool. Let it soak until the water cools, then air dry the wool. Some people say to roll the wool in a towel, but you will be removing most of the lanolin you just added, so I gently squeeze and air dry. I wash every 2 wks or so on her nighttime diaper, and use lansioh every 4 wks or so since my wool wash has some lanolin in it already
I think there are some wool soakers you can machine wash but they would say it clearly when you bought it
I do think the soaking them in your tub would be a good idea in your case since doing a prewash would be too expensive with coin machines. It also might suck becasue coin machines might have tons of build up that could affect your diapers. I don't think I'd use vinegar from the get-go though becasue that could cause some issues with your diapers. You might be better off with a tiny tiny amt of detergent instead. This is an excellent site for reading about detergents/washing http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm
You can handwash your prowraps, wash them with your diapers, or just wash them with regular clothes too. It's best to avoid the dryer and avoid hot water for those covers becasue it can strip away the waterproofing layer. they dry super fast!