For any parent whose baby has struggled with a diaper rash caused by yeast, I wanted to share some ground-breaking research with all of you. The RDA (Real Diaper Association) has begun conducting scientific testing of yeast on diapers in an effort to once and for all determine proper washing recommendations for cloth diapers used on babies battling yeast.
Traditionally, many different theories have swirled around regarding the treatment of yeast in cloth diapers. Everything from bleach to grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, boiling and more. Ultimately, there has never been any proper research specifically with cloth diapers and home washing conditions until now. So, while there is still lots of research to be completed (which of course takes time, facilities and money) I wanted to show you the very first results coming out of this research.
The findings are currently showing that yeast cannot live on cotton prefold diapers that have been washed in hot water with detergent. See the full article here.
This is fantastic news for cloth diapering parents as is suggests that no special steps need to be taken to ‘disinfect’ cloth diapers that have been exposed to yeast other than regular washing.
Of course lots more tests need to be completed to see if this result holds true for diaper fabrics other than cotton and for other diaper styles beyond prefolds. However, the findings are encouraging and I eagerly look forward to the release of further testing results!
The RDA Mission: The Real Diaper Association is a collective non-profit organization in which parents and small businesses take the lead in creating a cultural shift to increase the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers. We connect current cloth diapering parents to the long history of cloth diapering. Cloth diapers are real diapers. The Association organizes local advocates and activists for cloth diapers through a member-supported resource center which plans campaigns, trains organizers, distributes educational information, supports local groups, and connects users to the Cloth Diaper industry. Local Real Diaper Circles reach users face-to-face with knowledge and tools to make cloth diapering accessible and acceptable to parents, who have the power to change the world one baby at a time.