Everything you need to know about how to care for your cloth diapers
Before you START to use your cloth diaper
1. Please pre wash your cloth diaper for 2 times before use.
2. Wash your diaper in normal water with washing machine with half of detergent recommended. (cloth diaper don’t need too much detergent)
3. Dry your diaper outside on a clothesline where best with sun contact.
4. If you are hand washing it, please rinse with more water.
5. Please ensure NO Bleach & NO Softeners.
How to WASH your Cloth Diaper?
1. Remove the inserts from the pocket before washing.
2. Fold back your laundry tabs (Velcro) on the diaper. This is to avoid the diaper to be tangled during the washing process.
3. Throw everything into the washing machine!
4. Ensure the water level can completely cover the diaper and only use half of the soap powder that is recommended.
5. If you are washing with hands, please use a second rinse to ensure all of the detergent is rinsed out.
6. Dry your diaper in outside where there is sun. The sun will bleach away your stains naturally.
How to STORE your dirty Cloth Diaper?
1. All you need is a diaper pail or wet bag or a combination
2. Simply dump any solid poop into toilet and flush away the residual.
3. Squirt some soap powder on the dirty poop area
4. Rinse off the soap after a while.
5. Store dirty diaper in a wet pail filled with water.
6. Wait till the end of the day and dump all the diaper & inserts into the washing machine
7. For breastfeed baby, you don’t need to brush the suede. It will come off after you wash it in the machine.
Wet Pail And Dry Pail Methods
There are 3 basic methods for storing wet and soiled cloth diapers, wet pail, dry pail and wet/dry pail.
• Wet pail. All cloth diapers are placed in a pail half filled with water. Make sure this pail is covered to prevent infant drowning.
How to perform STRIP Washing?
1. Build up refers to residue left by detergents, fabric softeners and other substances used to clean diapers. It may cause your diaper to be non absorbent and leak.
2. Stripping refers to the removal of residue on diapers.
3. To strip diapers, simply hand wash your diaper with your regular dish soap (gets the oils out), add a bit of dish soap to the fleece/suede,
4. Or you can either rub the fleece vigorously together or use a medium bristle dish brush or hard bristle tooth brush to scrub the fleece.
5. Turn inside out and repeat on this side.
6. Rinse very good, making sure that the water runs clear.
7. Toss to washing machine and wash it without detergent
Which Washing Method Works Best?
We recommend that you wash no more than two dozen diapers at one time, too much friction can cause pilling. Because detergent build-up can occur we also recommend that you use less detergent than you normally would. Send your diapers through normal cycles like you wash your laundry in your washing machine.
Use a 1/4 cup of your preferred detergent. No fabric softener needed. It will cause build up in the fleece fabric. If you are experiencing odor problems, 2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil or Dettol can help. And make sure you fasten all Velcro tabs to avoid diaper chains.
After the washing portion is finished, your diaper should smell fresh and clean with no hint of urines, feces, ammonia or other unpleasant odors. Every now and then you may need to do an extra rinse to help eliminate odors caused from a build-up of detergent. Once they are freshly cleaned they are ready to go in the dryer or be line dried. The heat from the dryer or the sun help to sanitize the diapers.
Generally you should dry your diapers on hot for 60-90 minutes. Make sure you check the washing and drying instructions for every brand of diaper you buy, to extend the overall life of your diapers.
The following products and processes are not recommended for use in laundering cloth diapers:
Clean diapers should not smell like anything. If your washed diapers smell 'swampy' or urine smell is strong, you should ensure that the water rinsing is sufficient. If your washed diapers smell like detergent, you should decrease detergent and/or increase water amounts. Notice that more water helps both problems. This can be done by raising the water level setting on your top loader, adding a soak cycle, or adding a rinse.
Chlorine Bleach - Yes it is great for killing germs but it is bad for cloth diapers and covers. I will actually eat away at the fibers in your diapers, leaving holes and frayed edges, decreasing their durability and absorbency. It will also adversely affect the waterproofing in certain cloth diapers. Baking soda and oxygen bleach are great whiteners to use instead.
Fabric Softener - This product is equated with super soft and fresh smelling clothing, so it is only natural that you would want to use it on your cloth diapers but this would be a mistake. Fabric softener, either in liquid or sheet form leaves a water-repelling residue on your diapers, making them less absorbent and useful in the very purpose that they serve. It also coats your diaper covers and can deteriorate their water-proof laminate.
Pure Soaps - Pure soaps are the more natural choice in the world of cleaners, but soaps will leave a residue on your diapers and covers similar to the soap scum you find in your tub. Soap scum on diapers makes them repel moisture rather than absorb it and it is also harsh on the laminates used in your diaper covers, making them absorb rather than repel water. The best choice for washing your diapers is to use detergent on them.