Here at New & Green, we love diapers. This also tends to mean we love laundry. Not that it’s always been that way, but there’s something about clean cloth diapers freshly dried that is so… well, yummy-smelling and satisfying.
But if you’re battling diapers that don’t come out so fresh, that’s not so fun. In our new “Laundry Science” series, we’ll tackle various aspects of what laundry scientists think about when they’re designing detergents and machines designed to get your fibres clean.
Today, let’s talk about swish.
The lovely ladies over at the Rockin’ Green blog describe swish this way: “Swish or agitation is a very important component of any good wash routine. The diapers need to not only move around in the wash tub, but they also need to rub up against one another. Think of how you wash your hands – do you run them under water to get lather, or do you rub your hands together?
With too many diapers in a load, they just rotate around the tub in a bunch. Not enough diapers and they swim around the wash basin blissfully (and dirtily) unaware of their neighbors. So if you have a top loader, load the machine to about the halfway point. For a front loader, you want to have enough items in the drum to where you can put a hands width between the top of the drum and the clothing.”
And don’t worry about this wearing out your diapers – they were designed to rub together in the wash. In fact, it actually “fluffs” them a bit, which makes sure excess oils that affect absorbency are removed, it creates more space between the fibres, which also increases absorbency, and it softens them.
So, now – here’s a bit of homework – next time you do your diaper laundry, look in the wash basin while everything is getting washed and see how all the fabrics interplay. We bet your next load will be extra fresh and clean.