Ok, for those of you who have been following my laundry doings, you know that I bought a washboard from Amazon.com.
Yeah, first if you're going to do this, check the dimensions. Washboards come in "regular" and "mini". Apparently I bought the mini. Yeah, this isn't big enough to do the cloth diapers, so I now have a great little rustic decoration to hang on my farmhouse wall. No biggie, but it was disappointing at first.
So, I went to an antique mall "near" me (it's about 30 miles or so away) and was SO EXCITED to find a glass washboard. I was so glad to have found this. No really! It's larger than my mini and is glass. What's the difference? Glass doesn't rust. Word.
Ok, so I fired up my double sink full of hot (and boiling) water. Meanwhile I was running a small load of diapers in the washer. I took them out when they were done and threw them in the sink with the washboard, 1 tablespoon of my Laundry Soap found here (which I used in the HE washing machine, btw.) (one exception to the laundry detergent, I make my own soap, and I'm going to update that on the blog soon) in the water and let the diapers sit for a few minutes.
After that, I started scrubbing the diapers on the washboard. HOLY CRUDDY WATER, Batman!!! ok, EW! First, I thought a high efficiency washer was... well... efficient. Apparently, not so much.
Anyway, I washed them on the washboard with a little extra fels naptha soap (I'm not a fan of the scent. I'm going to make some extra batches of soap to cure for laundry soon. I'll blog about that too!) but bot howdy did it do the job! prefolds that I swore were permanently grey were white again! WHAT???? YES!
So, after I washed them, I hand wrung them out and put them in the hot rinse water and let them soak until I was done all the rest of the diapers. So after sitting, I agitated them with a plunger agitator that my hubster made me a few years ago