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I really despise microfiber and would rather go for hemp or bamboo for my pockets. Will these eventually develop the “stink” of microfiber? Do you have any recommendations on a good insert and washing tips? My stash is primarily made up of BG elementals, can they all be washed together?
Sorry it’s like 4-5 questions, you just do a great job answering my questions I can’t help myself!
Hi Stephanie! Microfiber is definitely more prone to stink than natural fibers. Especially since hemp actually has natural antimicrobial properties! Of course, the major benefit of microfiber is that it’s inexpensive, which is why it’s included with most pocket diapers. That means that if you want to replace all of your inserts with natural fiber inserts, it could get a little expensive!
That’s why I have used whatever came with the diaper, with the exception of the Knickernappies superdo inserts for night time. I am a big fan of the natural fiber inserts that came with my Babykicks, AMP, Heartland Dreams and AppleCheeks diapers, and wouldn’t hesitate to suggest that you try one of them!
Another option is to use a prefold to stuff your pockets, such as the Babykicks hemp prefold, or the Thirsties Duo Hemp prefold. If you don’t mind a little extra folding, you could even consider using flats to stuff your pockets, since they are even easier to get clean.
One you have prepped a natural fiber insert or diaper (washing & drying 3-5+ times) to fluff up the fibers, and remove natural oils, they can definitely be washed with any other diaper items you have!
I’ve found that my microfiber stink has been greatly reduced since I’ve started adding a little bit of Oxiclean free to each load. Previously, I had been washing inserts only with a dab of bleach, then rinsing like crazy, about once a month. Since using the Oxiclean, I’ve only had to do that once in 6 months, and it really wasn’t super-necessary.
So how about everyone else? Do you despise microfiber stink? Any tips for keeping it at bay? Do you have a favorite natural fiber insert?