Clothe vs disposable nappy’s/diapers
It's no secret that cloth diapers, especially in adult sizes, can be quite expensive. However, if you take good care of them, they can actually be more cost-effective per change compared to disposable diapers. Not only that, but many people also find them to be more comfortable. The same applies to plastic panties - when managed properly, they can provide greater comfort and durability. Since there are often numerous questions about caring for these items, here's some advice based on shared information.
Cloth diapers can be made from pure cotton or a blend of cotton and synthetic non-woven absorbent material, also known as "sponge." The best material for water flow is cotton diaper-weave gauze, which makes it easy to wash. However, most gauze pre-fold diapers also have synthetic sponge material in the soaker panel, which can harbour more bacteria than plain gauze. Gauze diapers are comfortable, easy to clean, highly absorbent, and hygienic. The only drawbacks are the initial cost and the misconception that gauze is fragile. Birdseye weave cotton is a great option for washing as it is almost as clean as gauze but be careful with sponge fill. The fabric is more durable than gauze, but not as soft or absorbent. Cotton flannel is harder to wash and dry and can contain bacteria even with the best laundry techniques. It starts off soft and is cheaper, but has disadvantages such as bacteria buildup, weight, and loss of absorption and softness with use. Cotton Terry cloth has even more severe bacteria buildup than flannel. I have not found this to be the case. I have never had nappy rash from wearing terry nappy’s.
When we imagine diapers fluttering on a clothesline, we often visualize them as pure white or adorned with vibrant designs. This is the brainwashing we get from TV advertising. However, the truth is that if we rely on excessive amounts of bleach and prolonged presoaks to maintain that snowy appearance, we significantly reduce their lifespan. To ensure a long and comfortable usage, we should expect our diapers to gradually develop a yellowish hue over time. The main purpose of bleach is to minimize bacteria rather than completely eliminate all stains and discoloration. While it is possible to use stain removers on diapers, we must consider the impact on their durability. The same applies to fabric softeners, as they leave a thin coating on the fabric that can potentially irritate sensitive skin and hinder absorption. Most experts advise against using chlorine bleaches for diapers and coloured materials.
I definitely agree, which is why I solely use and suggest bleach that's borax-based, like BORATEEM. Some diaper detergents, such as DREFT, have borax bleach in them as well. IVORY SNOW is another popular option, but it doesn't contain any borax.
If you're washing new diapers, begin by soaking them in warm water for an hour after a brief agitation. Then, spin them until the machine drains. For the first wash, use IVORY SNOW or DREFT without borax bleach in the quantity recommended on the box for the number of diapers being washed. Let the cycle finish and then run the diapers through one more cycle with warm water and half the usual amount of detergent.
Once you're done washing, you can either hang the diapers on a clothesline under the bright sunlight (which is the best option!) or use a dryer with medium heat and as much time as needed to ensure they're almost completely dry. To achieve smooth and absorbent diapers that smell fresh, make sure to clean the lint trap frequently, use antistatic dryer sheets like CLING-FREE, and take the diapers out while they still have a bit of moisture. Stack the diapers while smoothing out any wrinkles and leave them in a warm place with some air circulation to finish drying smoothly like a baby’s bottom.
Great, let's dive into the topic of used diapers. Even if a diaper hasn't been wet with urine, it can still hold onto sweat, which can be more bothersome for some people than fresh urine. That's why it's essential to wash all diapers after they've been worn, even if it's just for a brief time! The key is to start washing them as soon as possible after the diaper has been used, especially if it's soiled with anything other than sweat or urine!
It's a fact of life that baby’s poop, but don't worry, parents are there to clean up the mess. After removing the excess poop, rinse the diaper with cold water to avoid setting the stain. Some people like to use a mild borax bleach for a presoak before washing but be sure to follow the instructions carefully. If you can't wash the diaper within 12 hours, rinse it again and add it to the pile of others waiting to be washed.
For optimal hygiene, it's recommended to wash a load of diapers every other day. If you don't own a washing machine or only use a few diapers per week, you might need to do some pre-soaking in a pail and rinse them in a shower or bathtub. This way, you can limit your visits to coin laundries to once a week. Remember, leaving diapers unwashed for more than a week is not ideal! Those who neglect proper washing should expect their diapers to wear out quickly.
Once the diapers are prepared for the washing machine, the process becomes quite straightforward. If any diapers have fresh stains, it's a good idea to apply some stain remover a few minutes before putting them in the machine. When loading the machine, try to find a balance - not too full, but not too empty either. It's important to have enough diapers in the load so that they can rub against each other during the wash cycle. This rubbing action is what helps to effectively clean the diapers. Washing a single diaper in the machine would be nearly impossible due to this reason. When it comes to terry, Birdseye, and gauze diapers, it's recommended to wash them with hot water until the final rinse. Flannels can vary, so it's best to test them to see if they require any specific treatment.
While other commercial detergents may be effective, it's recommended to use only 2/3 of the suggested amount. Divide this amount so that some is used during the pre-wash cycle and the majority is used during the main wash cycle. This is where you can add BORATEEM in the full recommended amount. Using bleach will eliminate bacteria without causing excessive suds in the machine. It rinses out completely, leaving no residue behind.
According to experts in the commercial laundry industry, many people tend to waste detergent by using excessive amounts. This can lead to scum buildup and reduced absorption in diapers, which defeats the purpose of using them.
To optimize your laundry routine, it's best to let the washing machine run its course until the middle of the final rinse. If you prefer to use fabric softener, add it at this point, but consider using it only every other load and using just 1/3 of the recommended amount. Once the final rinse is complete, allow the machine to spin the diapers, and if possible, consider using a second spin cycle for optimal results.
Drying the diapers is no different than with the new ones. The best way to dry them is by hanging them out in the bright sunlight. It may be old-fashioned, but it's also a traditional method!
Washing bABy Plastic Pants
The non-boilable vinyl is the top choice for modern waterproof panties. There are also some styles of panties specifically designed for institutional use that are made from a special boilable vinyl. Nylon is another material used to make waterproof panties. While rubber and latex panties are still being produced, the original PLATEX STRETCHY BABY PANTIES were discontinued in 1954. If you need to wash any material other than the regular non-boilable vinyl, it's best to seek advice from an expert like the manufacturer.
Just like diapers, it's important to wash vinyl panties as soon as possible after use, especially if they are stained with poop or splashed with baby lotion or oil. Fatty and oily substances can make vinyl stiffen and eventually crack. That's why it's a good idea to always rub baby lotion into your skin completely. It's even more enjoyable when a loving mommy or daddy does it for you! How delightful! Have you ever noticed how plastic panties tend to become stiff and uncomfortable around the legs and waist? Well, part of the reason is that these areas come into direct contact with your skin without the protection of your diapers. Your skin feels warm and has a natural slight oiliness, which means that applying lotion, essential for preventing chaffing, actually exacerbates the issue. Naturally, the waist and leg elastic areas of your panties experience the most physical movement. The more the plastic bends, the firmer it gets!
To preserve the natural softness of vinyl, it's important to avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach and fabric softeners. These substances can strip the vinyl of its own natural oils, known as plasticizers. Even soaps and detergents can have this effect, so it's best to rinse the panties in lukewarm water before drying them carefully. To wash them, fill a basin with lukewarm water and add just a few drops of mild liquid dishwashing detergent. Turn the panties right-side out and gently swoop them into the water until they're fully covered.
After submerging the panty completely in water, rotate it so that the waist is facing upwards. Reach through the waist area and grab the crotch between the leg openings. Pull it through the waist, making the panty inside out while still underwater. Then, swish the panty around for a few more seconds. This entire process should only take about 30 seconds.
To remove the inside-out panty from the water, hang it upside down by the waist to let it drain. Gently squeeze out the elastic of one leg hole, followed by the other leg hole, and finally the waist elastic. If you need to use the panty sooner than usual, you can pat the elastics dry with a towel.
After you've finished adjusting the elastic, hang the panty by its waist opening, making sure it faces downwards. You can achieve this by inserting a rod through the leg openings. In case you don't have access to a suitable rack, you can modify a plastic hanger by cutting out a section near the hook on the open side. This will allow you to place the panty on the exposed part of the hanger through the leg holes. Although we haven't come across these special hangers in stores, we've heard that there are hangers available that only fasten at one end, similar to a simple rod. Just remember to use a hanger made of wood or plastic, and avoid using metal hangers.
To dry your panty, turn it inside out and wait until the outer surface is dry to the touch while the waist elastic is still damp. Then, flip it right-side out and shake off any excess moisture before hanging it on a plastic hanger with the waist up. Avoid drying them outside in the sun or using clothespins as they can damage the material. You can leave it on the hanger for as long as needed.
When you're in a rush, you can neatly tuck plastic panties between folded towels. However, this method doesn't allow the panties to properly air out, resulting in a towel that requires thorough cleaning and drying. The ideal solution is to have an ample supply of plastic panties, so even if one takes a slow 6 hours to dry, your diapers will still be protected by other panties.
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