Before I begin this post, let me say that I rarely pass such a strong opinion on what people choose to do with their cloth diapers in their own homes. If you want to go against the years of research and testing that manufacturers put into the washing instructions on their products, and do something contrary to the manufacturer’s guidelines in your quest to find the perfect wash routine – fine by me. Whatever works. I’ve done it too (I don’t recommend it, but I’ve done it 😉
BUT please please please don’t EVER put your cloth diapers into your DISHWASHER to ‘strip’ them clean. This is terribly terrible, very bad, ill-informed and DANGEROUS ‘advice’ stemming from inexperienced cloth diaper users that sometimes floats around the internet.
Here are but a few reasons why you should NEVER EVER put cloth diapers of any kind in your dishwasher in an attempt to get them clean:
- It is a fire hazard – there is a heating element inside your dishwasher. If it touches any fabric it will melt or burn it. You could start a fire.
- A dishwasher is made for dishes – not diapers that contain human waste. Do you really want to wash poopy residue out of your diapers and then wash your dishes in that machine? That could be a health hazard.
- It will void all your warranties – the diaper’s warranty will be gone as well as the warranty on your dishwasher. Simple as that.
- Dishwashers heat the water up to be scalding hot and generally speaking diapers should not be washed in super heated water. Hot yes, super hot, no. It can cause fabric breakdown, elastic degradation and premature delamination.
- It’s a hassle and a half – it’s much easier to tweak your wash routine to troubleshoot rather than resorting to a dishwasher.
If you’re having issues with your cloth diapers of any kind, do what you would do when you have car problems. Consult a professional (ie. an experienced retailer or the manufacturer of your diapers directly). We have years of experience helping lots of clients and manufacturers spend money perfecting wash routines and running tests on the materials they use in their products. We can help you. So please, don’t believe everything you read on the internet, even if they claim to be experts. And don’t ever put your diapers in the dishwasher.