Monday, March 4, 2013

New Washing Machine

I lived in the same house with the same washing machine for 6 1/2 years and just last week my family and I moved to a new house.  The washing machine is the same brand and a slightly newer version of what I used to have, but I am missing some of the old features like the soak cycle and an optional extra drain and spin. 

In my reading of different ways to add a soak cycle I have learned to wait until the machine fills up with water and simply stop it for 30 minutes or so to soak cloth diapers.  I tried this today and it seemed to work well.  Then I added the soap and went back to the hot wash and cold rinse cycle.  I attempted to also add another drain and spin, but this backfired as it seemed to add more water to the load and I ended up with some super wet diapers to dry.  It took forever to get the diapers damp enough to line dry overnight.  I should have skipped this step. 

My lesson to myself...all washers are different.  I feel like I am learning to wash my cloth diapers all over again.  Do not get discouraged if you find it takes you some time to strike a balance in your cloth diaper washing routine.  I know I have not found our new balance yet and I have been cloth diapering for 4 years now. 

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