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Caring for Your Cloth

Self Laundering Cloth Diapers is a Snap!

Proper care will extend the life of your diapers. 

 

Washing Cloth Diapers in a Front Loading HE Washer

* Wash no more than 24 diapers at a time, the less in a load the cleaner the diapers, a load should ideally consist of 15 to 18 diapers for a front loader.

 

* No need to unstuff or unroll diapers, they will come out in the wash, if you notice that they are not being agitated out during the wash, simply unstuff when you change them over to the dryer.

 

* Pre-wash or quick wash, no detergent. This step helps do a preliminary rinse of the urine and loosen up the dirt to be washed away in the wash cycle.

 

* Wash on Warm or Hot with a Cold Rinse, with the recommended Cloth Diaper Safe HE Detergent. If you have a water plus button, we suggest you use it, otherwise a gentle or delicate cycle would work well as they typically use more water and allow for more soak time. We carry Charlie's SoapCountry Save and Scarlet's Naturals Suds, but there is an array of natural and formulated detergents out on the market that will work well. Finding a detergent that works for your water and machine can be a bit daunting, but don't let it stop you from trying something new. Always keep temperature below 120°F to prevent wear on waterproof fabric and diapers with elastic.

 

* Do a second Cold rinse with no detergent, this gets the excess suds out of the diapers.  

 

** Tip for hard water, use a laundry booster that has water softern agents in it. This will help minerals from the hard water from being redeposited into the fibers. Use the water softener during pre-wash, wash, and extra rinse cycles. To test your water’s hardness level, in your order notes request a test strip be included with your order, they are also available to purchase.

 

Washing Cloth Diapers in a Top Loading Washer

​* Wash no more than 24 diapers at a time, and no less than 12. You want your diapers to be rubbing against each other, but having the freedom to do so. If you pier into your washer during the wash cycle, they should look stew like, not soupy or chili like.

 

* No need to unstuff or unroll diapers, they will come out in the wash, if you notice that they are not being agitated out during the wash, simply unstuff when you change them over to the dryer or go to hang dry them

 

* Pre-wash or quick wash, no detergent. This step helps do a preliminary rinse of the urine and loosen up the dirt to be washed away in the wash cycle.

 

* Wash on Warm or Hot with a Cold Rinse, with the recommended Cloth Diaper Safe Detergent. If you have a water plus button, we suggest you use it, otherwise a gentle or delicate cycle would work well as they typically use more water and allow for more soak time. We carry Charlie's SoapCountry Save and Scarlet's Naturals Suds, but there is an array of natural and formulated detergents out on the market that will work well. Finding a detergent that works for your water and machine can be a bit daunting, but don't let it stop you from trying something new. Always keep temperature below 120°F to prevent wear on waterproof fabric and diapers with elastic.

 

* Do a second Cold rinse with no detergent, this gets the excess suds out of the diapers.  

 

** Tip for hard water, use a laundry booster that has water softern agents in it. This will help minerals from the hard water from being redeposited into the fibers. Use the water softener during pre-wash, wash, and extra rinse cycles. To test your water’s hardness level, in your order notes request a test strip be included with your order, they are also available to purchase

 

Drying Modern Diapers

* Remove any remaining liners from pocket diapers 

 

* Hang dry in the sun for a natural beaching process to remove any stains - To get out stubborn stains or in times of little sunlight we recommend Buncha Farmers Stain Stick as a pretreatment

 

* To prolong the life of your covers or shells, hang them to dry or dry on low heat setting with your inserts

 

* Inserts or prefolds may be dried on normal heat setting

 

* The use of Dryer Balls will reduce drying time and they naturally soften fabrics and can be used with regular loads of laundry

 

* Wipe down dryer drum if fabric/dry sheets have previously been used to prevent any residue from getting on the diapers 

 

Avoid the Following

* Fragrance & Dyes, are harsh and unnecessary and can irritate sensitive skin

* Borax, breaks down fabrics and can cause delamination 

* Bleach, can deteriorate the cloth diaper by eating away the waterproof layer, hang drying the diapers in the sun will naturally beach away stains or use an Oxygen Bleach instead. Also the use of bleach can void some manufacture’s warranties.

* Pure Soap, will cause residue and buildup making the diapers repel or stink

* Baking Soda, can be left behind causing residue build up, so be sure to rinse out completely

* Washing Soda, is abrasive and can wear down the waterproof fabric

* Enzymes, attack organic matter which cause skin irritation if the detergent is not completely rinsed out of the fibers

* Softeners, will make diapers repel and not absorbent

* Vinegar, when used on synthetic fabrics, can cause buildup and stink, be sure to rinse out completely if used

* Optical Brighteners, chemical residues that are intentionally left behind on your clothes and may cause irritation

* Dryer sheets, will coat the material and cause them to repel and non-absorbent, make certain to wipe down dryer drum if dryer sheets have been used previously

* Washing or Drying with temperatures over 120°F, can cause delamination of waterproof fabric and break down the elastics in the diaper

 

Tips and Tricks for Washing Your Cloth Diapers

- Wash all new diapers before use.

- Don’t wash more than two dozen diapers at a time.

- Primarily breastfed babies’ poop is water soluble so there is no need to dunk, swish, or rinse the diaper out.

- Once the baby is eating solids or is fed formula, it is wise to use Tweedle Bugs flushable diaper liners to allow for quick and easy clean up. Simply flush the liner along with any solid waste. Liners that did not come in contact with solid waste can be washed and reused. These also reduce any staining.

- Use a water softener in every wash and rinse cycle to keep minerals at bay

- Using an oxygen bleach will help keep your diapers fresh and clean and stain free

- Hemp can be used after one wash but will become more absorbent following the first 8-10 washes.

- Avoid Desitin and other zinc oxide diaper creams as they will stain your diapers. If you must use a diaper cream containing zinc oxide, use flushable diaper liners in your diapers to prevent stains and repelling, and toss liner after each use with the cream.

- Avoid laundry “soaps” as they can leave a residue on your diapers.

- Avoid detergents with “brighteners” or “enzymes” as these will break down your diapers and could cause a rash.

- Take a “sniff test” after washing. If your diapers smell like detergent do a warm rinse, or try stripping to get all the detergent out.

- Apply lemon juice to stains before sunning to help get rid of stains then rewash those diapers before use.

- If your diapers are “crunchy” after drying outside toss them in the dryer on the fluff cycle for 10-15 minutes to soften them up.

- Running an extra spin cycle will help your diapers – or any laundry – dry faster.

- The use of Wool Dryer balls can reduce your drying time

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