Laundering cloth diapers can seem daunting if you’ve never done it before worn-out mama. All you need are a few tips and tricks to make the chore a simple one.
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Laundering Cloth Diapers: Laundry Services
Make the cleanup someone else’s problem! If you’re making the choice to go cloth for the environment and not for cost, go for it.
Do a Google search in your area and see what options are available to you. Places can supply the diapers for rent or they can clean the diapers you’ve already purchased. They normally pickup and deliver door to door so it also saves you a drive.
Laundering Cloth Diapers: Pre-Spray and Bio-Line
Get a bidet attachment for your toilet and a Spray-Pal. You clip the diaper in the Spray-Pal and then spray them down with the bidet sprayer into your toilet. This gets rid of the top layer of poo and helps keep them cleaner.
Go even further and buy Bio-Liners that go in between baby booty and diaper to catch the poo. You shake the liner off into the trashcan and then using the sprayer isn’t needed most of the time.
Laundering Cloth Diapers: Washing in a Top Loader
Use a cold rinse cycle before running a full cycle which helps get the pee and poo off before the wash. Use hot for the full wash cycle and select a medium spin cycle for less agitation and extending the life of your diaper.
Detergent for the wash needs to be free of harsh chemicals and fabric softener. This will help with the life of the diaper, the absorbency of the diaper as well as the skin of your baby.
Dreft is an option that we used for a while and have now switched to the Natural Elements line of Purex.
Laundering Cloth Diapers: Washing in a Front Loader
A new front loading washer has entered our lives and I don’t love it for my cloth diapers if I use the same method I do for the top loader.
I keep the cold water rinse before the regular wash along with a hot wash for the full cycle. I’ve added an extra rinse and spin on the end. I select the highest spin possible since there isn’t an agitator to help remove stains.
Using this method, the diapers smell clean but do still carry some faded stains if there was poo.
I’m planning on trying a few tips that I’ve read in different places this week to see if I can help further eliminate any stains.
- Make sure the wash is as full as possible since the clothes rubbing together replaces the agitator as well as determines the amount of water added to the wash.
- If the load isn’t full, add a already soaked bath towel to the load to trick the washer into thinking there’s more clothes requiring more water.
Laundering Cloth Diapers: Drying
I recommend line drying for another trick to extend the life of the diaper. You can cheaply hang a line outside and let the sun help “bleach” the diapers as well.
We installed a drying rack in our laundry room so we don’t have to worry about the weather outside and it was around $20. I love that we can make it flush with the wall, push it up towards the ceiling or just have it straight out from the wall.
Laundering Cloth Diapers: Keep Them Moving
You’ll want to keep your cloth diapers moving through the process. Have enough to last you 3 days so you have a set drying, a set washing and a set ready to wear.
Follow these easy steps with a regular laundry schedule and laundering your cloth diapers will go seamlessly mama.