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I've read a few places that when you wash your dipes for the first time, you should dry them on high to seal the laminate? Is that true? I swear I read somewhere else along the line that that was not true. I've been line drying mine from the start so now I'm wondering if I should have dried them or not. I haven't had any leaking issues with any of them. What do you ladies do?
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I sew my own, so I always wash mine after making them to get the dust and thread and whatnot off of the diaper before using them. Then I dry them on hot (I always do), I need a clothes rack so I can sun my diapers (not allowed to have a line in base housing). Well after this week once the weather gets better.
keep in mind there are different quality levels for PUL. The lesser quality PUL's, drying them in the dryer will delaminate them. The better quality PUL's are meant to be dried on hot in the dryer. I've had both, so some covers get line dried and some get dried in the dryer. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to know which you have unless it comes with specific washing/drying instructions.
Bigger brand names:
Thirsties - dryer safe
Bummis - dryer safe
BG's - dryer safe
PUL from different suppliers:
from Babyville - dryer safe. Might delaminate, but no worries. That lining even when loose is pretty bullet proof!
from Kids in the Garden - many people have had great success with them, but I bought an end-of-roll remnant and it delaminated in the first trip thru the dryer. Ruined that cover, and the rest made with it are line dryed ONLY.
from Celtic Cloths - advertised as industrial, meant for the dryer. Have not personally tried it.
Fabrite was great but they are no longer in business.
The BG's I have say to line dry the covers and dry the insert. Are you saying that it's safe to dry all of the BG parts in the dryer?
She is saying, in her experience, yes. Many companies have "cover your butt" washing instructions that say they must be treated like delicate golden lace (washed warm in special detergent and air dried etc), despite the vast majority of diapers holding up just fine to extra hot washing, Tide, modest use of bleach when disinfection is required, hot machine drying, etc. However, you need to be careful not to stretch the elastic while it is hot and dry, that wears it out quickly. You need to wait until they are cooled down to stuff the pockets. Hth!
I make my own diapers, maybe a couple commercial ones. Everything gets washed together, then everything gets dried on high heat. I have only had one pul delaminate and I knew it might have problems before I used it. It does help to seal the pul around the stitching, but if they don't leak, then you don't Have to dry them. Just know you Can.
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Drying in the dryer just decreases life of the elastic and PUL. If you want to use for 2-3 babies, I'd line dry when possible.
irst wash should be done on hot to seal the sewing. After that, normal (medium) is safe. I always line dry mine unless it's raining out. I find the sun gets rid of any stains and definitely prolongs the life of them. I have FB that are now 9 years old and both PUL and elastic are still working great whereas someone people only get 1 child out of them.
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LOL, I forgot to add - check your dryer too! If your dryer has exposed metal like mine does (showing silver rather than the white) if your diaper covers have any exposed PUL like Thirsties Duo Wraps do on the inside- put them in a mesh laundry bag for drying if you're going to use the dryer. I've had mine melt ONTO the dryer.
I dry all my diapers (a mix of homemade, BG, FB, some WAHM, Kawaii and a few others). I line dry on rare occasions. When I think of it, I'll pull covers and pockets from the dryer after 30 minutes or so, but I don't sweat it. I've had two PUL issues ever. One was an FB with known supply issues. It was replaced by FB. The other was a BG with cracked PUL. I think that one was just a fluke. I have another BG that's been washed and dried the same and has no problems.