Extra rinse cycle

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Extra rinse cycle

I see a lot of people mention doing an extra rinse cycle but I wasn't sure if this came before the wash cycle or after (so two rinses in a row). Also if it is before wash cycle, is it a hot or cold rinse? Thanks.

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Its generally recommended that you do a cold wash without detergent, hot wash with detergent, topped off with a final cold rinse. The first wash is to remove the poops. So, you wash on cold so as not to bake the poops in. The second wash is the cleaning/sanitation cycle. The final rinse is to really remove any remaining detergent (or other stuff). I've actually just started doing yet another cold rinse due to some stink issues. So far so good. Not happy about all the water I'm using though. Sad

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I do the second rinse just to make sure all the detergent is rinsed out. It probably wasn't needed with my old machine as it had an extra rinse option I could program into the wash cycle and still need to work out my wash cycle on my new machine.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Its generally recommended that you do a cold wash without detergent, hot wash with detergent, topped off with a final cold rinse. The first wash is to remove the poops. So, you wash on cold so as not to bake the poops in. The second wash is the cleaning/sanitation cycle. The final rinse is to really remove any remaining detergent (or other stuff). I've actually just started doing yet another cold rinse due to some stink issues. So far so good. Not happy about all the water I'm using though. Sad

It does sound like a lot of extra water, but then a lot is probably used in the disposable production process (and chemicals probably get added to the mix) & then those diapers are around a long time after one use...at least that is what I tell myself when I think about how our household water usage is going to increase. I can control the load size on my washer so hopefully that will also help limit water waste as much as possible. Fortunately I live in pretty rainy area so maybe I can offset my extra water usage with a rain barrel or something Smile

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Its generally recommended that you do a cold wash without detergent, hot wash with detergent, topped off with a final cold rinse. The first wash is to remove the poops. So, you wash on cold so as not to bake the poops in. The second wash is the cleaning/sanitation cycle. The final rinse is to really remove any remaining detergent (or other stuff). I've actually just started doing yet another cold rinse due to some stink issues. So far so good. Not happy about all the water I'm using though. Sad

Occasionally I will do a cold wash to start off, but most of the time I just do a cold rinse. Then I do the hot wash and add an extra cold rinse. That would cut back on the water you use. You could try it both ways and see what works best.

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I also never wash with hot, maybe my nappies once a month or less ( I will be strip washing in the next couple of weeks because my MUm has been washing nappies and she doesn't use anything cloth friendly, she used to used terry flats which handle all abuse) so all my washes and rinses are on cold.

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Well before all this moving, I did a cold rinse, hot wash, extra cold rinse. For the most part, zero issues. Smile