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So hard it could beat you up....

Postby treedelivery » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:18 pm

:furious: ..my water.

Does anyone have fabbo tips? Am using white vinegar to try save my nappies from becoming sand paper - even the fleece ones are feeling un-clean as the water doesn't rinse well around these parts!

If you use white vinegar, how much and where do you get it from? ANy other brill ideas??

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Re: So hard it could beat you up....

Postby Louise » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:23 pm

We live in a hard water area and I use bold 2in1 (the softener is clay based so doesn't affect absorbency of the nappies) and magno balls. They have made a huge difference to our fluff. :D

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Re: So hard it could beat you up....

Postby Kirstyh » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:25 pm

if you have a tumble dryer pop them in there for 10 mins (on low heat) or try rubbing them together, I do that with hemp inserts and it works well or hang them in the rain, that softens them as well. :D
ETA we use bold as well

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Re: So hard it could beat you up....

Postby buzzybee21 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:34 pm

Yes, bold & rubbing softens them. I use a good slosh of vinegar into the fabric conditioner drawer. Mil gets our vinegar in huge bottles (10 pint or so?) from the cash & carry (bookers)

Beware vinegar and applix though - sends it grey!

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Re: So hard it could beat you up....

Postby afterglow » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:07 am

My sympathy. I gave my cotton nappies away before they could go hard and break my heart.

My tips - plenty of rinsing. I set my machine to do an extra 2 rinses per wash and everything is softer. I don't really like scented detergents so use Simply which rinses out fine and just leaves things smelling clean. Also, dry away from radiators. And finally, I try not to buy hemp or cotton nappies as that would just be asking for trouble.

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Re: So hard it could beat you up....

Postby treedelivery » Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:16 am

Hi - sorry haven't replied for ages, it's been bonkers around here!

So - thanks for the tips. Am doing the vinegar thing, think I need to get some extra rinses on the go too.

Might go stand in the rain myself - I react to the hard water on my face :)

Every single time I have put the cotton nappies on for a 10 min dry I have forgotten them and they ahve gone the full 40 mins :oops:

I hate hard water it sucks [and stamps and threatens to slap you. Well 'ard round here]

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Re: So hard it could beat you up....

Postby JennyPenny » Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:51 pm

Bold 2in1 Definatly helps but TBH we have just sold all our cotton nappies (or have them still to sell) because of our hard water. Except our MEOS but I have to tumble them for a bit - can't quite part with them though! I tumble dried them to sell but here they just get too hard. being outside helps a bit too. We don't have too much trouble using pockets though. The outters are fine, the bamboo not too bad. Hemp goes a bit like cardboard BUT I only use in wrapped in bamboo and then inside the pocket so it doesn't matter.

Would be interested to know about magno balls?

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Re: So hard it could beat you up....

Postby flutterby » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:19 pm

Again bold 2-1 works really well, and 10 mins in the dryer but I can see why that would be a problem if you can't set it to 10 mins and are likely to forget like me, I have a 10 min setting so that helps!

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Re: So hard it could beat you up....

Postby cherobanne » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:30 pm

I just bought some bold at the beginning of the week to try after reading about it here - really like it so far :D
I also use the tumbler for a short spell with dryer balls but yes, can see it would be really easy to forget if you don't have a shorter time setting.


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