to Wash Cloth Diapers
diapers is so easy these days! Please note that you should always
follow the manufacturer’s care and washing guidelines for your
particular diapering products, if they vary from the following!
diapers in hot or warm water with about 1/2 the recommended
amount of laundry detergent.
Dry in dryer or outside on a clothesline, as sunlight is a natural
brightener and disinfectant!
In order for your diapers to be fully absorbent - always wash
NEW diapers 2-3 times before using to "fluff up" the
Always follow manufacturers washing and care guidelines! Outcomes
may vary depending on water, detergent, washing machine, etc.
Dont use bleach or whitening agents. They will breakdown
the fibers of fabrics and destroy your diaper covers. Not to
mention that they are very harsh on your babys skin and
When washing or soaking diapers (do not soak covers), a good
alternative to chlorine bleach is the environmentally friendly
oxygenated bleach. But be careful, not all are created equal...make
sure the product you choose contains no additives beyond sodium
Dont use fabric softeners. They will leave a waxy residue
on your diapers and covers and lead to leaking. Even using dry
sheets in the regular laundry can leave a residue in the dryer,
which can effect your diapering.
use any natural cleaning products that contain oils or softeners
which may coat the fibers of your diapers or covers. People
have reported problems with the following cleaning agents:
All Free and Clear (and other Free and Clear detergents)
Dr. Bronners Soap
Some versions of Bio-Kleen
Most "pure soap" products
Products that have been damaged by natural cleaning products
can sometimes be saved! Repeat the following process twice:
Run your covers and diapers through a wash with only hot water
(if allowed by manufacturers washing instructions). Run
a second wash using 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar
in the wash - and 1/2 cup vinegar again in first rinse cycle.
Run a second rinse cycle with plain water.
use laundry detergents that contain perfumes, dyes, chlorine
bleaching agents or any stain guard ingredients.
use too much detergent in your wash as this can lead to stinky
ineffective diapers and covers and skin irritations. A little
goes a long way!
Do be careful when using diaper rash ointments, especially those
containing fish oils. These can stain your diapers and covers,
make them smelly and ruin their performance. Use all ointments
sparingly. Flushable liners act as a good barrier for creams.
use the highest water levels in your washing machine to ensure
complete rinsing of diapers and covers. Any detergent residue
will affect the performance of diaper products!
unfold your diapers before soaking or washing to allow complete
add occasionally a 1/2 cup of vinegar to the first rinse cycle
in order to remove any residual detergent. This deodorizes,
sanitizes and brightens. Dont overuse or use in final
rinse, as this will have the opposite effect! Your diapers may
become smelly. Dont use vinegar on diaper covers except
one time when you are trying to strip detergent residue off.
use an extra spin cycle after washing. This will reduce drying
time up to 25%!
throw a dry towel in the dryer with your diapers. This will
reduce drying time as well!
sure that your covers fit snugly and that you are using the correct
size of diaper and cover for your baby.
your diapers and covers after they are washed! If they smell stinky
or like detergent - wash them again with less detergent and more
the proper care, your diapers will be very effective and last
a very long time!