Guest post by Rebecca
We all know how extremely overwhelming cloth diapering is when we first start. There is so much to know, so many questions- we ask questions just about anywhere to anyone who uses cloth diapers. Especially, when it comes to how to wash them! This is all fine and dandy to ask advice, but BEWARE of the Destructive, Detergent used with Cloth Diapers, Advice!
What does she mean? You say to yourself. I will share with you what you need to know about washing your cloth diapers, so you can recognize potentially bad or damaging advice.
On my internet journeys this past week I saw something in a forum that really bothered me.
A mom was telling a new cloth diapering mother that it doesn't matter what type or brand of detergent you use on your cloth diapers.
-Let me say, ^ this is wrong!
YES it ABSOLUTELY DOES MATTER what detergent you use and YOU MUST BE CAREFUL!
(It's best to start with Eco Sprout, Thirsties, Rockin Green, Charlies Soap, Soap Nuts, Tide Original or All Free & Clear).
This is why:
#1- By not being careful with the detergents you use- you can burn your child's bottom (chemical burn), cause your diapers to not absorb properly and waste precious time & water trying to strip out whatever you did to your cloth diapers.
#2 - If I would have used just my plain ole' detergent of my past- I would have burned off my girls' rears! I would have been devastated, discouraged and angry at the person telling me to try whatever detergent I felt like using. This advice is setting new cloth diapering families up for failure by telling them to go with what they have always used!
#3 - Just because your child has no reaction to the detergent you use right now on their regular clothes, doesn't mean you're in the clear to use it on cloth diapers! Detergent reacts differently once poop & pee interact with it and then touches your child's skin! Having a mild, safe for cloth diaper detergent will limit bad reactions!
I personally know! When I was running out of my cloth diaper detergent a few months ago, I picked up a store brand of detergent. I read the labels- it seemed okay in my book. I used it to only wash our clothes and the cloth diaper detergent to wash the cloth diapers. The little residue that was left from this detergent in my WASHING MACHINE- left a nasty chemical burn on my baby's rear-end. See the picture of my poor baby's diaper area! I had ALWAYS been careful with detergent, my washing machine and cloth diapers. My one tiny mistake cost my child's butt for a week. The burn then was compromised by yeast... it was a mess! I had to wash the diapers almost 10 times (all with 2nd rinses) and stripped my washing machine 2x, to get rid of the residue left behind. I wasted water and energy from the earth and money from my wallet! I never would have known how sensitive my child's bottom was if this didn't happen. It goes to show, that it is important to play it safe- than possibly cause pain to your child! Those of you who have not ran into issues with using detergents that get bad ratings normally with cloth diapers- you are some lucky families!
I also have seen posts about how natural detergents are causing "burns". More than likely the detergent has not caused a burn, but not washing properly did. You need to use the proper amount, follow instructions from the manufacturer and do your extra rinse(s). Did you know, that cloth diapers using natural detergents, need a disinfecting once or twice a month? This is because there is nothing in these detergents to disinfect and discourage bacteria growth! So, you have bacteria breeding and growing, which attacks your baby's bum!
There is so many factors to washing cloth diapers- it is just silly to add another with a detergent that just isn't right for cloth diapers in general!
Here Is How You Can Kill Rash Causing Bacteria for Sensitive Bums:
BEWARE OF ALLERGIES TO DISINFECTANTS!
*TTO breaks both my daughters out, but Bleach does not. This is not the case & opposite, for other cloth diapering families I know.*
-use 1 to 2 capfuls of bleach to a large/extra large wash load with detergent and extra rinse,
-a few drops (4-5) of Tea Tree Oil to a large/extra large wash load with detergent and extra rinse,
-a few drops of Grape Seed Extract/Oil to a large/extra large wash load with detergent and extra rinse.
Great Washing Tips:
DiaperPin.com has a wonderful article on washing cloth diapers! Visit the article by CLICKING HERE.
I personally can only use Vinegar a few times a month on our cloth diapers because that is another sensitivity my baby has! Read the DiaperPin.com article to help you understand how to use Baking Soda, Washing Soda and Vinegar in your dirty cloth diaper wash.
Happy diapering and keep in mind to be aware of advice that could cause more harm than good!
Rebecca is a Christ Follower, Blogger and Stay at Home Momma to 3 children, ages 4 1/2 years, 2 1/2 years and 8 months. She and her family are modern but highly embrace natural living. She started cloth diapering over 2 1/2 years ago. As a complete cloth diaper advocate, she has started a non-profit, cloth diaper lending charity, in her local area. She also introduces strangers to cloth on a daily basis. Rebecca has been through major cloth diapering adventures, giving her insight and advice into the world of cloth diapering!
Visit her blog at NaturalMommas.blogspot.com