Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Tips for Washing Cloth Diapers: Start simple, adjust as needed.
Rinse your cloth diapers before throwing them in the pail or wet bag. This prevents stains and will keep away ammonia. This is especially true for nighttime diapers.
Wash every 2-3 days to keep away ammonia, stink, and stains.
Use warm water for a pre-rinse. The warm water will help rinse out urine because it's closest to body temperature and prevent stains from setting in.
Don't forget the second rinse! The extra rinse cycle at the end of your wash routine will ensure that all of the detergent rinses out.
If you choose to dry your diapers in the dryer, use low heat. Hanging the shells to dry is another option.
Avoid these detergents: Free and Clear, "baby" detergents (Dreft), detergents that contain frangrances, enzymes, fabric softeners, bleach, and whiteners. These detergents can cause build up which can lead to leaks or repelling.
Avoid using fabric softeners or dryer sheets.
*Be sure to check the manufacturer's instructions on your diapers before washing.