4timeslucky wrote:I read somewhere - on here? about the great idea of adding a few drops of essential oils/lavender in the conditioner drawer. Do you know if you can add it the same time as white vinegar as we have very hard water here?
I shove it all in together, which works for me!
4timeslucky wrote:Do you use a nappy net in your bucket - if so do you put the whole thing in the wash and find they make their way out while washing or empty them into the machine?
I don't use one - I don't see the point because I dry-pail, so it's not like they're wet or anything, I just empty the bucket into the machine.
4timeslucky wrote:Do people tend to do a cold rinse first as read in a few places? I havent as yet but looking at our machine realised can only do prewash at same temp as wash (mostly 60 with those b/fed nappies) not separate rinse maybe I could use the refresh short 30min 30 degree wash? Is it worth it?
Does your machine have a dial that you turn? Mine has, so I just turn it to the rinse part, not any of the letters if you see what I mean, then when it's done I put it on a normal wash. I find my prewash isn't enough really, and the cold rinse helps to get any smells or stains out before they are 'set' in by the hot water.
4timeslucky wrote:Also wondering if anybody has tried asda's version of vanish? cheaper and I got through loads of vanish (not v env friendly & expensive) in the first few weeks - she had b/fed dirty nappies all the time but calmed down now though!
Never tried it, but I don't use any stain remover at all - all of Ruby's nappies are fleece lined, and the rinse in the machine and a 60 degree wash gets it all out. My inserts are always a bit stained, but s good blast of sunshine sorts that out. If things are bad I'll use a bio washing liquid - also good for hard water (or so I have heard), just make sure it's all rinsed out well. Again, not great for the environment though.
4timeslucky wrote:Lastly do you need to use powder when you wash new nappies to get the absorbency before using? Now I could put mine in with others I already have or clothes washing but its just something I've always wondered
I'm not entirely sure - I just shove them through with my next few washes, especially when it's hemp and needs lots of washes, and it certainly hasn't done any harm. I do find that using a liquid detergent rather than a powder has really helped to prevent build-up in my nappies.