For the week I spent at the shore I went back to using sposies. I thought that I'd fall of the wagon and succumb to the lure of the butt garbage, but as soon as I got home I diapered her in hemp. I couldn't wait.
Disposables get a funny plasticky smell when they've been on awhile. Especially on a hot day. And they don't breathe at all. She got pink in the creases. This never happens with my winning combo of hemp/cotton and wool. People look at me like I'm nuts when I say that my baby wears wool in the summer- but it's way cooler than plastic and gel. Her butt got all clammy and sweaty and smelly. Gross.
The things I thought I'd hate about cd-ing turned out to be not that big of a deal. Like I'd hear people go on and on about their washing regimes. A cycle of this, a cycle of that, drying, sunning, no detergent, weird expensive detergent, pre-rinse, aftersoak, more sunning, and more special detergent. It sounded like a full time job.
What I do: every other day I do a load with hot water and an extra rinse. I use baking soda. I've had very little staining and no hemp-stink (with Simple Green I got major hemp-stink). They come out feeling clean and smelling like nothing at all. If I happen to notice evidence of buildup, I run a rinse cycle. This has happened maybe twice. Then I put them all in the dryer on hot and it takes a cycle to dry most of them, and another half cycle to dry the cricketts, which are the thirstiest diapers ever.
I only wish they were a little softer. Vinegar is useless in my hard water. I'm thinking of trying these. Any reason I shouldn't?
And don't get me started on the washing of the wool. Wool is great until it loses its moisture resistance and you have to relanolize it. My favorite soaker took three days to dry in this humidity last week, and only a few uses later a voluminous poop put it out of commission again (a hazard of using a doodlebottom without a snappi). There was no spot-cleaning that one. We needed the full on wool wash with three day drying time. I still won't consider using anything but wool. I consider it a miracle fabric. Waterproof and breathable, antibacterial to boot. What's not to love?