Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Cloth 101: Boiling to Prep

If you have found yourself with only one or two natural items that need to be prepped, you've likely heard about boiling them to prep. This is a quick little info post on boiling.

  • Do not boil anything that has snaps or PUL. Boiling will ruin these items. If you are looking to boil something, it should be only material (a wipe, a flat, an insert, etc).
  • Do not boil bamboo. Bamboo is not as durable as hemp, and you will shorten the life of your item. Can it be done? Yes. Will it instantly disintegrate? No. Do you want to shorten the life of your bamboo? Probably not... so it's best to just not boil that one. 
  • Do not boil wool!
  • Do not boil any man-made materials. I know your microfiber might get smelly and it might seem like a good idea, but don't. It is not made to hold up in temperatures like that, nor will it.

Okay, not that we've gone through what you shouldn't do, how about what you should?

To prep your natural item via boiling:
  1. Get a large pan of water and bring it to a boil
  2. Add items to boiling water (make sure there is plenty of water to cover said items) and boil for 20 minutes
  3. Remove items using tongs and place in a bowl (or directly in washer after draining water out). 
    • They will be HOT. Do not place them in a bowl and then try to use your hands to put them in the washer. (Sounds like common sense, I know... but yet it still slipped my mind. I'm just trying to save you from a burned finger!) 
  4. Wash on 1 hot wash with detergent with something like towels (NOT diapers). This wash will remove the oils that may have stuck to the fabric as you drained/removed them from the pan. You don't want those oils on the other diapers!)
  5. Dry and then use!
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