Monday, July 27, 2009

Adventures in Cloth Diapering - Part II

How to Wash Cloth Diapers

Step 1: Cold Rinse with Detergent – Rinse your dirty diapers in a cold rinse with ¼ the recommended amount of detergent. Always use a detergent that is “free and clear” to prevent build up and repelling on diapers. I like to use Tide Free and Clear. The cold rinse and will prevent stains from setting.

Step 2: Hot Wash/Cold Rinse – Wash your diapers in a hot wash and cold rinse cycle. Do not add any more detergent to the washer. The hot water will disinfect the diapers and the cold rinse will continue to wash out any detergent from the previous rinse.

Step 3: Extra Rinse – For an extra dirty load of diapers, run them through an extra rinse to ensure they get really clean and the detergent is rinsed out.

Step 4: Dry – Throw your diapers in the dryer to dry, however, you could easily line dry them weather permitting.


· Wash the diaper pail liner with your diapers (no need to send it through the dryer).

· Remove inserts from pocket style diapers before washing.

· Make sure all Velcro fasteners are attached to the laundry tabs to prevent excess wear and tear to diapers.

· Putting diapers in the sun to “bleach” them will remove staining without using harsh chemicals.

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