When it comes to washing cloth diapers, there's a lot that you can over think. From the detergent, how much to use, stripping, additives, water type, etc., it can get pretty confusing and overwhelming! For consistently clean and smell free diapers, it's best to keep it simple. A basic wash routine will save time.....and your sanity!
- Pick a detergent and stick with it: Problems often arise when people constantly switch detergents. Regardless of whether you use a detergent made for cloth diapers or a mainstream store bought brand, you'll have better luck if you just use one. This happens to me all the time. I decide to try a different detergent and then I end up with stinky diapers. I really should take my own advice!
- Use the recommended amount of detergent: If you're using a detergent made for cloth diapers, use the amount they recommend. It's recommended because it's been tested. Trust them. If you don't think you're diapers are coming clean enough with the recommended amount, contact the company for help, they'll help you determine if you need more or less depending on your water type (see below). They're the experts! If you're using a mainstream detergent, use 1/4 of what's recommended for a large load. This usually ends up being to about the first line on the scoop.
- Know your water type: You either have soft, normal, or hard water. Hard water seems to be the trickiest to work with. You can contact your town's water board or municipal building to find out. There's records available, you just need to do a little searching. I was able to find mine on my township's website. Soft water tends to need less detergent and hard water tends to need a little more. Just be sure to speak with the makers of your detergent as this may be different depending on what you're using and they might recommend something different.
- Follow this wash sequence: RINSE (cold), WASH (hot) with detergent, RINSE (cold). That's it. Keep it simple. No need to rinse a million times. Once is enough.
- If it's nice and warm outside, hang your diapers out to dry. They'll last longer that way. If it's cold and rainy, throw your inserts and cotton items in the dryer, and hang your PUL items on a rack inside. It is okay to throw everything in the dryer, you're diapers' elastic will just wear out sooner.
That's the basics! Stripping diapers is a topic for another post as it's not a simple topic! Hopefully by sticking to a simple wash routine, you'll never even need to think about it! Happy washing!
What's your CD wash routine? Do you keep it simple or do you have a complex process?
Bio: Jenny is the writer behind the blog, According to Jenny, where she shares her thoughts on being a semi-crunchy mama of 2! She lives in beautiful Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 kids, Grady-born in 2010, and Haley-born in 2012. She's an avid baby-wearer and cloth diaper addict. You'll find a little bit of everything over on the blog-reviews and giveaways, too!