I have a (growing) selection of cloth nappies and currently wash them every 3 days.
I am trying to find an excuse to explain to DH why I am still buying more nappies when we already have enough, since for some reason he doesn't appear to be afflicted with nappy-buying fever?!?
I am wondering whether it is possible to wash every 4 days, rather than 3. All the nappy websites seem to say 3 is the longest you should leave it - presumeably due to the smell when you open the bucket to put them in the machine! Does anyone out there do a wash every 4 days? I have 2 pails so could probably squeeze them in, and I think they would fit into a load in the machine - I usually force so much in there that the door needs to be shut with some force anyway, so that should be OK!
I find that if i leave it any longer than 2 days the smell is hard to wash out of the nappies, the smell of the bucket is counteracted by a sanitary towel stuck to the lid of the bucket which has tea tree oil or lavender oil on it. I do have 2 babies in cloth though so have at least 10-12 nappies a day.
Cor. Not sure but am impressed by how many nappies you must have! I can just about manage to do a wash every 2 days, but I'm really stingy with clean nappies. (I don't keep ds in a dirty nappy, I let him have a bare bum).
I would have thought that if you over-stuff your washing machine it won't really get things clean.
Hmmm I have 3 buckets and they get washed every 3-4 days - they don't come out as well as washing every couple of days I have to admit, but then DS2 has poo with tar-like qualities! I do have a large capacity washing machine to fit this amount of nappies in - be warned you will kill an average machine by shoving too much weight in and your nappies will not get properly clean (voice of experience)
I find if i leave it over 3 days the more unsociable contents stain quite badly. (Though i only just have enough to go that long). My washing machine has a "12 nappy maximum" (plus associated wraps, the hankies i use for wipes and flannels)
When I had one baby I washed every 3 days cos of the number of nappies I had.
WHen ds2 came along with only 16m age gap I got more nappies but had to wash every 2 or 3 days or we'd run out.
When ds1 was loo trained and ds2 had the mahoosive pile of nappies to himself I used to go 4 days and once or twice 5 days.
If you overload the machine your washing does not get clean, I always did nappies on 60 and hung them out. Lovely clean and fresh.
I always kept my nappy bucket outside near the back door and quite often just lobbed a nappy out of the bathroom window if I'd had to rinse it down the loo. It was in a shady part of the yard that didn't get too warm so no pong problem.
<<wistful longing for the sight of nappies on the line>>
I find if I leave it more than 3 days a) they absolutely hum b) the machine's too full So I would happily wash less often, nappy wash day comes round soooooo often, but I can't mind you, everyone says babies start using fewer nappies as they get older so maybe I'll have the chance to try every 4 days. Let me know how you get on! I've got enough to last 6 or 7 days without washing Got a full set of BG, found out Fuzzi Bunz did daisy print and then most recently fell in love with deliciously furry Itti Bitti D'lish...got to stop looking at nappy pages!!