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Old 09-26-2017, 02:41 PM   #1
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Cold water wash?

I'm looking for tips for a unique situation. My family travels a lot overseas, and sometimes we stay for weeks at a time where washers are hooked up to only cold water. We use flats and covers, and I would like to avoid hand washing unless absolutely necessary (I already have to hand wash when we are in rural areas without a washer).

Are there certain detergents that would be better for cold water? Any suggested wash routine? Does anyone have any experience to share?

One idea, I suppose if necessary I could heat a pot on the stove and dump that in the machine...

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Old 09-26-2017, 03:23 PM   #2
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I don't know...have you checked Fluff Love? They have info about different washing routines, they might have one for cold water. My only suggestion is to use liquid detergent. My cheap powder detergent doesn't dissolve in cold water, I have to run hot water in with the detergent even with a cold wash or I end up with soap granules all over my laundry.
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Old 09-26-2017, 05:11 PM   #3
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Re: Cold water wash?

Tide used to make a cold water formula. I've never used it so not sure how effective it is.

Since you are using flats they will be much easier to clean than most. I would try a regular wash first to see how they look and smell, but if it isn't working I would probably dump hot water into the washer. It would be a pain but better than handwashing IMO.

Also you have made me quite curious about your situation, lol.
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Also you have made me quite curious about your situation, lol.
We travel for work into rural Mexico, where hot water usage is often minimal due to the cost of gas water heaters, and in some areas hand washing is the norm.
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The pot of hot water sounds like a good idea.

I'm going to ask a friend how she did this when homesteading. She won't be around until the end of the week though.
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You are using flats! that would be the first suggestion. Have you had any issue washing in cold water yet? I'd say just try and and see how it goes, maybe at home before the travel. you may fine it washes just fine. If worried about killing germs, hang in the sun or use bleach.
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Re: Cold water wash?

I know there are people who CD on camping trips and wash by hand...wondering if they always have to heat water or if they can get by with cold.

We've managed 7 months of CD without major issues so far, including using coin-op washers for a while. Now the real fun begins. We work for a non-profit, thus the crazy travel lifestyle, so I knew this was coming, and I'm so glad that thanks to advice I got on here months ago we are using exclusively flats!! The diapers have already been washed in different machines in at least 8 different places!

I'm not exactly looking forward to hand washing on the "village" portion of upcoming trips either, but the choices are to either use disposables and burn them (!!!) or save the dirty diapers to carry out with us after a week or two, since there's no trash service...so cloth seems like the clear logical option!
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You are using flats! that would be the first suggestion. Have you had any issue washing in cold water yet? I'd say just try and and see how it goes, maybe at home before the travel. you may fine it washes just fine. If worried about killing germs, hang in the sun or use bleach.
Yes, we use exclusively flats, thankfully. I think I will try it and see how it goes, and still wash hot whenever I can, obviously. We will def be hang drying, so hopefully that helps! If I run into issues, then I'll think about heating up water separately. I wonder how my great-grandmother did it...
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I wonder how the locals do it where you are going?
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Disposables do not burn well at all. <<Spoken from experience.

It might be a good idea to take a look at elimination communication if you haven't already. We used it pretty successfully with a couple of ours.
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