The most important part of cloth diapering is keeping them clean, unlike disposable diapers. Many parents who have not had experience with cloth diapers before think that they need a lot of different supplies and steps to get them cleaned properly.
Fortunately for you, this is not the case! In this post, we will be going over four easy steps on washing cloth diapers appropriately.
1. Remove The Solid Waste
Once cloth diapers are soiled, remove the solid waste before washing from dirty cloth diapers. Solid wastes will contaminate your diaper laundry if not removed before being washed. The water in your washer cannot sufficiently remove all feces or urine from a cloth diaper, leaving behind bacteria and germs that could harm you and others.
- If the dirty diapers have any solids, shake or scrape off the excess.
- Untapped any velcro tabs to make for a more straightforward clean-up process.
- Remove fabric inserts from pocket diapers.
- You can also use a cloth diaper sprayer to remove solids from the outside of the fabric.
- But it’s not necessary unless you have an incredibly messy diaper. To prevent soiled diapers, try diaper liners.
2. Cold Rinse
Rinse your cloth diaper with cold water in a diaper pail if necessary before placing it into the washing machine. It should remove solid waste that might get missed during prepping and rinsing. You can also use a wet washcloth or baby wipe to help get rid of stuck-on bits!
3. Run The Hot Wash Cycle Including Detergent
It is where you can use your medically reviewed cloth diaper safe detergent. Insert the soap into the washing machine, set it to a hot wash cycle with no extra rinses, and start! If you have hard water, be sure to check that there are no suds left behind after this step has finished.
Using all-natural products to wash cloth diapers may not thoroughly rinse out in hard water areas. If so, just run another cold rinse on its own before moving on to the next step.
Laundry Detergents are different for diapers versus clothes/bedding because they need to be more concentrated. Also, they are made especially for high-efficiency machines. You can find these at your local grocery store next to fabric softeners and dryer sheets in the laundry aisle. They come in liquid form but can also be found as a powder which tends to work better if you have hard water where you live.
4. Rinse With Water
After the hot water wash is complete, you will need to rinse your cloth diapers with warm or cold water. It removes any soap residue left behind and also helps remove stains if there are any.
If possible, make sure to run an extra rinse cycle without adding more detergent after this initial cleanse just in case there’s still some that need to be removed. You can do this by selecting ‘Extended Rinse’ on most machines nowadays.
But you may have to select it manually depending on the brand of machine you own. Make sure not to use too much, though, as it could leave a soapy film over time which won’t be good for future washes either!
Also, keep an eye out for product labels saying ‘No Rinse.’ These can typically be added directly to the wash and don’t need rinsing afterward. You can also use a fabric softener to maintain texture and keep cloth diapers clean.
Let the clean diapers dry in the air, and they’ll be ready to use again!
Hopefully, this blog post has helped you understand some of the basics of how to clean cloth diapers. There are many different opinions on the best way to wash them, but these four steps will give you a good start in caring for your baby’s delicate skin.