Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tips for Washing Cloth Diapers: Start simple, adjust as needed.

Washing cloth diapers can be one of the most difficult parts about cloth diapering, but it doesn't have to be! Start simple and only adjust things when a need arises. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Before washing:
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.

Wash Day:
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.


Julie said...

Not all "Free and Clear" detergents are bad. Some actually ARE free of all those unsafe ingredients. Arm and Hammer is a prime example.

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