Laundry adventures, the INCIDENT, and my cloth diapers…

16 Jul

It’s been an eventful week in our house as far as laundry is concerned. The week started on a great positive note – I got my GroVia cloth diapers in the mail, which I was super excited about! I got right down to business washing & prepping them so I could get them on my little guys tushie. This week the hubby also came home after being out of town for work for the last 5 weeks. So those two things together (new diapers & hubby home) may have added some extra laundry this week but I didn’t think anything of it. I’m really starting to enjoy doing laundry, at least I was until the other day when the incident took place.

So as I said, more laundry prepping diapers, more laundry with hubby home and sure enough our dryer decided it had had enough. I will say that our Roper washer & dryer have done their share of laundry over the last 5 years. We bought the washer/dryer when we first got married since we were only going to be living in North Carolina for a short while before we had to move for hubby’s work. Knowing this, we planned to sell or get rid of the washer/dryer before moving which is why we bought the cheapest ones out there. Little did we know those little Ropers were built to last and to travel! They’ve come with us on several moves (North Carolina, Idaho, & New Mexico) and have done great, until I guess I killed them with all the laundry I was doing. =)

So thankfully hubby had a day off when the dryer broke so we decided to head over to Lowes and check out the newer models. We decided on a top loading HE Whirlpool and I’m very happy with it. The incident happened after we got home from Lowes… Hubby was kind enough to move the dryer out of our laundry room so I could clean under it before having our new one delivered. But, I asked him to keep the washer plugged in a little longer so I could get in a small load of cloth diapers. What I didn’t know was that somehow an entire box of dryer sheets fell in the washer, and then I washed my diapers! Thankfully I only did a cold rinse, then looked in the washer and saw tons of cardboard bits and dryer sheets. At first I thought I saw poop and a liner I had forgotten to take out of a diaper, but then I realized what had happened and man it was such a mess!

It was time for damage control. I picked out all the dryer sheets and as much of the cardboard pieces as I could. I shook out all the diapers and cloth wipes and then turned the washer back on rinse again. Once it was done rinsing, I picked out more cardboard, wiped down the sides of the washer and filled the washer with water. While the diapers were swishing around I was able to get the cardboard completely off of the diapers and then let the washer drain & wiped it down a final time. By this point the cardboard was gone but I was worried, what did I do to my diapers? Dryer sheets and fabric softener aren’t recommended for cloth diapers but I had no idea what “they” say about washing with them…

On to trouble shooting – I figured I would let the diapers soak in Rockin’ Green (a cloth diaper friendly detergent sample that I had), to see if that would help. After several hours, I ran them through my normal wash cycle and let them dry. After reading in a few forums, and writing on GroVia & Fuzzibunz Facebook page asking for help, everyone recommended just seeing how absorbent they were after the incident. So this morning I lined up the 2 Fuzzibuns diapers/inserts, 2 GroVia inserts, my new Swaddlebees diaper and a Blueberry insert to dribble water on them and see if it repelled. Everything absorbed the water pretty much  immediately except the Fuzzibunz diapers & inserts.

Back to the computer to review appropriate ways to strip Fuzzibunz diapers and how to help with their absorbancy. Turns out after reading a bit on their help forum, they advised against the detergent I had been using as it is known to cause repelling issues… (I was using All free & clear). So, not only did I wash my diapers with dryer sheets, but I’ve been washing them with the wrong detergent for the last month! 😦

Plan of Action: So I’ve done my research and am now going to strip both the GroVia and Fuzzibunz diapers using Dawn dish soap. On both their websites they have listed this as an okay method to strip diapers of unwanted residue, detergent, etc. ::fingers crossed:: this works and then I’ll feel comfortable mixing this bunch back in with my diaper stash.

Update: In other diaper related news, I’m loving the GroVia diapers! The snap in inserts make diaper changes a snap (ha) and it’s quick and easy to do. I like how trim they feel and they don’t make his behind look as big as when he’s wearing a pocket diaper. (not to mention his pants fit better!) He’s already a chunky baby, so more bulk = very tight pants on my little guy.

Will post more about my new HE washer/dryer tomorrow!

4 Responses to “Laundry adventures, the INCIDENT, and my cloth diapers…”

  1. Ces July 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Hi, thanks for the review

    I liked you in FB from FB Friday, here is my page — I hope you’ll like back

  2. TwoKidsand ACoupon July 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    Stopping by from the Saturday Stalk hop — although I’m already a follower!

    Kim @ 2 Kids and a Coupon

  3. Erica July 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    That sounds like no fun at all! Keep us updated, I’d like to know how the stripping goes with the Dawn dish soap! Good luck!

  4. Good Girl Gone Green July 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I like the rockin’ green detergent for my diapers! I also have a front load washer and love it! Happy Say Hi Sunday!

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