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Preparing prefolds

I'm sure this has been asked a bunch, for which I apologize, but I tried to google it and got so many conflicting answers that I wanted real life input. I have 36 unbleached prefolds that need to be prepped. I read that boiling them can help save time, but I don't really want to take 3 hours to boil 6 at a time for 30 minutes. Have any of you boiled for less time, like 10 minutes? Do you recommend using Dawn when you boil, or is it unnecessary? When I do put them in the wash, can I run a short cycle to save energy, or does it need to be a normal one? And will boiling them be as effective as washing them 5 times? I really just can't imagine washing them that many times before they've even been used. Thanks! 
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Re: Preparing prefolds

  • When I prepped my prefolds, I didn't go the boiling route. I considered it but didn't think I had a large enough pot to do so and thought washing would just be easier.

    I washed and dried them once a night during the week until they'd been washed and dried 56 times.

    I know it seems like a lot of unnecessary washing before they've even been used, but I find that my prepping wash method works great for me while I get everything prepped before the babies come. It's one one load a night for a few nights.
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  • You could boil them for a shorter period of time, about 10 minutes. I've prepped mine both with and without Dawn, and I don't find it makes a big difference.
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  • If i'm remembering correctly I boiled mine for ten or fifteen minutes each, then washed once and threw them in the dryer.

     

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  • image Into+the+Kitty:

    If i'm remembering correctly I boiled mine for ten or fifteen minutes each, then washed once and threw them in the dryer.

     

    This is what I did (15 minute boil), except I ran two cycles in the washer & dryer, since I noticed some of the natural oils in the water after the first initial agitation.

  • image megemoney:
    When I prepped my prefolds, I didn't go the boiling route. I considered it but didn't think I had a large enough pot to do so and thought washing would just be easier. I washed and dried them once a night during the week until they'd been washed and dried 56 times. I know it seems like a lot of unnecessary washing before they've even been used, but I find that my prepping wash method works great for me while I get everything prepped before the babies come. It's one one load a night for a few nights.

     

    I'm guessing you mean 5-6 times?  56 would be a lot, I'd need to start prepping my prefolds now!  


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    image megemoney:
    When I prepped my prefolds, I didn't go the boiling route. I considered it but didn't think I had a large enough pot to do so and thought washing would just be easier. I washed and dried them once a night during the week until they'd been washed and dried 56 times. I know it seems like a lot of unnecessary washing before they've even been used, but I find that my prepping wash method works great for me while I get everything prepped before the babies come. It's one one load a night for a few nights.

     

    I'm guessing you mean 5-6 times?  56 would be a lot, I'd need to start prepping my prefolds now!  

    If she was on mobile, the bump removes the hyphen, so I am certain she means 5-6x. :)

    My unbleached organic toddler prefolds took FOREVER to prep. But the bleached ones which I have in the infant sizes were ready in 3-4 washes on at least warm, and a dry in between. I only used detergent the first time. Dawn is a good option - it would break down any repelling materials. 

    I haven't done boiling myself. 

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  • Thank you all for the replies! I think I will give the boiling and one wash cycle a try tomorrow and if they're not ready I'll just keep washing them until they are. 
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  • I prepped my first 6 the normal way....Bummis premie size and used those while using sposies to test out cd with this LO. Then I bought 6 Osocozy ones with white stitching around them and just washed them with the first 6 until ready....then Ibought some with the yellow stitching around and did the same thing. When I bought the second batch with yellow stitching, I boiled them for a bit and then washed with my next load of dirty diapers.

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