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Old 09-05-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Prepping GMD flats?

What works best for you? I don't have the attention span for on the stove so in the washer would be best. I know super hot several times. But I don't remember how many times or when to use soap.

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Old 09-05-2013, 10:33 AM   #2
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Re: Prepping GMD flats?

3-4 washes usually did it for me. I always just put them in with regular diaper laundry and separate them by feel until I can't anymore. But, if I were getting a whole new stash and starting over, I'd just wash and dry them with soap each time.
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Seemed like my unbleached ones took a long time to reach full shrinkage and absorbency. Like they seemed so huge at first and now seem much smaller. So I'd err on the side of more prepping or do a few prep washes and then change frequently.

ETA: Wash once on cold with tiny bit of soap, then 3 wash/dry. Although I like to wash twice for every dry. After the first couple washes you can throw them in with other diapers or towels.

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Re: Prepping GMD flats?

I washed my flats twice and was done with it. I did expect to change more frequently for a week or so. I also expected a bit more shrinkage as well. All was good to use.
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Re: Prepping GMD flats?

detergent every time and dry between every time ideally. Hot water and detergent more effective for stripping natural oils. As far as number of times, at least 2, up to 5 depending if you want closer to full absorbency. If washing with other clothes/towels then don't worry about water temp as much -- the more washes done of hot with detergent the closer to prepped they will be.
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I did 4 hot washes with detergent and dried in the dryer in between washes for my new stash of GMD large flats a bit ago. They worked perfectly.
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