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tots bots gone a bit rough - any washing/drying solutions?

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Mimile Mon 28-Sep-09 09:42:54

I'm using a set of second-hand tots bots (the original cotton ones with wraps)on 3 weeks old DD.
We wash at 40 - 50C and dry them on the line (or most often indoors, being in Scotland!).
The nappies are the one with integrated fleece liner, and I add a paper liner on top of it.
My concern is that the towelling fabric has gone quite rough with washing/drying, and looks uncomfortable, especially around the legs.
What can we do to make them softer? we have a tumble dryer, and drying balls, I was wondering whether this was worth trying (although I understood it would shorten their lifespan?)
Did anyone use the Eco balls for washing nappies? or is this too gentle for poo-stained fabric?

And something totally different: with the nappies being so bulky compared to disposables, do they affect the curvature of baby's back when asleep (on her back)?

Octothechildherder Mon 28-Sep-09 13:21:24

I would get them as dry as possible on the line then chuck them in the drier for 15 mins to soften them up.

I believe cloth is better for baby's posture and clicky hips etc than disps.

I use a good sanitiser on my nappies like clean & fresh or mio fresh - add a teaspoon - gets them much cleaner.

LatinDAISYcal Tue 29-Sep-09 20:22:00

Agree with the tumble drier tip.

there are a few cloth users on here who use ecoballs and are happy with their performance. I only started using a nappy sanitiser recently and am using Lollipop's clean and fresh and am amazed at the difference it has made (I've been using two teaspoons though Octo, can I be more economic with it?) And there is nothing like a bit of natural light (doesn't have to be sunshine) to bleach out any stains. If you have to dry inside, then put the airer close to the window; takes longer but works eventually!

Re the back curvature, I can see why this would be a concern, but bear in mind that cloth nappies have been around much longer than disposables and there wasn't an issues of back problems with previous generations smile

LatinDAISYcal Tue 29-Sep-09 20:24:08

oh, and you can maybe try stripping them as detergent build up can cause them to go a bit crunchy as well.

Wash at 60 degrees with a biological powder, then do repeated rinses until there are no more suds visible. Some people use a vinegar soak beforehand but I don't think this is absolutely necessary.

Mimile Wed 30-Sep-09 09:15:45

thanks for all the replies! i ve given the tumble dryer a go - it did soften them up a bit. i ll try stripping them in case there is build up too!

alysonpeaches Thu 01-Oct-09 16:37:05

Stripping and vinegar rinse is good, plus tumble dry, but I believe there is no reason why you shouldnt use bold 2 in 1 as its fabric softner is clay based, not grease based and so wont coat nappies.

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