I'm in agreement with the rest of you and no offense to the extreme frugal people. I can't imagine using cloths to wipe after toileting and then soaking them to wash latter. Yes I've read that but not sure if on here or another frugal site.
How is that saving anything. You soak them after use, then rinse before you put into washer. Next you run it through a pre-wash cycle, wash & sanitize, dry. Ditto with menstrual washable pads. I guess if you have cloth diapers to wash and you do them together. BUT I know from having my broken washer taken apart to see it. The plastic drum under the one you put your clothes in (the one that holds the water the other has holes ). You wouldn't believe what happens there. Imagine your bathtub the ring around it from soap, body skin/oil etc if left for awhile it is really yucky and built up. YES this is what happens in your washer. Unless you run a hot only and soak with oxy type product . Anyway if you wash those type of products you could have a build up of fecal matter and bacteria. So you would have to run the washer on hot quite a bit to keep sanitary.
So you have to expell more energy to heat the water, run the washer and dryer and more water. Not to mention the time. I can understand the new cloth diapers since some children have a good reason to use them. But using reusable cloth for toileting and periods geeze.
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