Cloth Diaper Care 101
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There is loads (groan!) of talk about the ins & outs of how to properly wash cloth diapers. The truth is, the right wash routine for your diapers is the one that works best for your home and leaves your diapers fresh, clean and absorbent.
A couple of things to keep in mind:
Washer Type Matters
Consider your washer type, water type and detergent type for best results.
Check The Instructions
Refer to the manufacturer's instructions to ensure your wash routine won't void your warranty.
Made To Last
Line drying your diapers will extend their life span, not to mention save you money on energy bills for your dryer and take care of our planet.
Skip The Softener
Fabric softener is a big no-no with cloth diapers as it can cause buildup and repelling. Make sure that your diaper cream is cloth friendly, or simply use a liner to protect the fabric.
Line Dry Your Diapers
Harness the power of the sun! Line drying your diapers on a sunny day is the safest and most effective way to remove stains and best of all, it's free!
Make it even easier on yourself!
A diaper sprayer and biodegradable disposable liners can make dealing with messes a cinch.
Prepping Diapers for Use
Synthetic fabrics like microfiber and minky do not require prepping - simply wash once before using on baby.
Natural fibers like cotton, bamboo and hemp need to be washed 3-5 times before use to remove natural oils and boost absorbency. Be sure to wash separately from your other diapers so oils don't redeposit themselves on fabrics. Keep in mind that natural fibers won't reach full absorbency until after 8-10 washes.
Stripping Your Diapers
What Is Diaper 'Stripping'?
‘Stripping’ diapers refers to the removal of buildup from diaper fibers, most commonly oil buildup as a result of using diaper creams and fabric softeners.
Join A Community
Facebook, Google and cloth diaper forums are filled with questions and advice about stripping diapers. With proper care, you should never need to strip your diapers.
Check out a great article that addresses stripping and other laundering myths by our friends at GroViahere.