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    Default So I'm considering cloth diaper, but I don't have my own washing machine.

    So I'm considering getting a cloth diaper now that I live on my own I can try them out. But I don't know the first thing about them. I want one of them all in one deals something nice and simple. The thing that I'm most worried about is is it possible to wash a cloth diaper using just a sink and elbow grease? How many different type of cloth diapers are available?

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    I really want to try the adult diapers made by the people that make super undies for kids. You can get them at clothdiaperme.com, but they only go up to a 36" waist. I'm trying to get a hold of a rep to ask some questions, but since it's a small business, they are hard to get a hold of.

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    I think you really need a washing machine to wash cloth diapers sufficiently. I actually wash mine on two cycles, the first being the long, cotton cycle. I use detergent and let it wash and spin. Then I wash them again on the shorter, permanent press and don't use detergent. This assures me that the detergent is completely washed and rinsed out. It also takes a long time in the dryer to get them dry. AIOs would take even longer.

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    Why are you so worried about washing the detergent out? Just dry them. Remember what they are for.

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    If you leave detergent in them it will irritate your skin and cause a nasty nappy rash.

    I don't think washing them in a sink would be possible but if you're prepared to do the elbow-work, rinsing them in a full bathtub might be adequate.

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    I wore cloth diapers all the time, and not too long ago. They performed better than any disposable available then. And along came Molicare, and Abena, and Dry 24/7...

    I spent a lot of time washing and drying. And my machines took a beating. When I lived in a more urban area, however, I contracted with a diaper/laundry service to wash my diapers form me. I'd leave the wet diapers in buckets they provided; they'd pick them up once a week, and drop off a large package of clean diapers within days. I doubt this would be practical or even possible on a small, infrequent, scale. It's an option worth mentioning, though.

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    Back to the old days with those dry racks and tubs. Aww yeah, I dont think not having a washer is a problem, because you could just wash the stuff out and wash with all other laundry at a laundromat if that would work. But I dont know if that would work or not, so do not go by my advice.

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    I hand wash my AIO's everyday and air dry them. Don't have any problems.

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    I used to wash everything in the bathtub. Now I have one of those snazzy front load high efficiency washers and smile every time I throw a load of diapers in there on the "BABYWEAR" cycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downtide View Post
    If you leave detergent in them it will irritate your skin and cause a nasty nappy rash.

    I don't think washing them in a sink would be possible but if you're prepared to do the elbow-work, rinsing them in a full bathtub might be adequate.
    You could also use an old fashion washboard lol.

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