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Washing Diapers 101 – The Best Way To Wash Cloth Diapers

Washing diapers should be simple.  Really.  You shouldn’t need lots of special rules or excessive rinsing or stripping to keep your diapers clean and functional.  Follow these quick and easy steps to worry free cloth diaper washing.

#1) Rinse – Do an initial rinse or short wash cycle without detergent.  Cold or warm is fine.

#2) Wash – A HOT wash with detergent.  Use the proper amount of detergent for your load size and type of washing machine as recommended on the package regardless of whether you use a commercially available brand or a cloth diaper specific brand.  What detergent should I use.

#3) Rinse – This additional rinse is somewhat optional as all wash cycles are followed by a rinse anyway.  So, this ends up being a rinse on top of that rinse.  It’s generally a good practice to make sure all detergent residues are gone, but, if you don’t do one and you aren’t having smell, repelling or rash issues, then don’t worry about it.

*The above applies to any washing machine whether it be a top loader, front loader, high efficiency (HE) machine or not.

There you have it.  Easy peasy.

IF you have leak, smell or rash issues then reference the linked articles to troubleshoot or contact us for help 🙂


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101 Ways To Use A Diaper Sprayer

Let’s get right to it.  Are diaper sprayers really worth it?  What are they good for anyway?

#1) Rinsing diapers of course.  Nothing better than a diaper sprayer once baby starts solids to help toss chunky stuff off the diaper into the toilet before washing them.  They are easy to install without tools and the adjustable water flow makes sprayers a lovely cloth diapering accessory.  By the way, rinsing diapers isn’t limited to dirty diapers.  Rinsing urine soaked nap and nighttime diapers is a fantastic way to prevent ammonia buildup.

#2) Rinsing Mama Cloth (cloth menstrual pads)

#3) Toddler water fight.  Yes, when the kids figure out how to use it, they will spray you.

#4) Toilet cleaning.  Genius right?

#5) Cleaning out the toddler potty.  THIS is my least favorite job.  Thankfully a diaper sprayer makes it delightfully easy and hygienic.

#6) Mama care down there – (Think bidet.  Both pre and post baby)

Okay so that’s only 6 ways to use a diaper sprayer off the top of my head but you’re going to be doing about 3000 diaper changes.  And even if only 1 in 10 of those diapers are poopy that still leaves you with 300 poopy diapers to deal with before potty training success day.  So, maybe I should have titled this post 306 Ways To Use A Diaper Sprayer 😉

By the way, our sprayers are the only ones on the market that are plumbing code approved for installation on toilets in the USA and Canada.  They also have a 3 year warranty.  That’ll get you through till potty training no?  So grab a diaper sprayer now and start enjoying those 306 benefits.

Happy diapering!slide51

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What Detergent Should I Use For My Cloth Diapers? Can I Use A Store Brand?

Using a good detergent in the correct amount is critical to success with cloth diapers. Use the right detergent and you’ll enjoy easy washing and fresh clean diapers.  Use the wrong detergent or not enough and you may experience leaking diapers, rashes, excessive staining, odor issues and an overall bad experience using cloth.Charlies-Soap-Laundry-Powder_40B864E5

What’s the big deal with detergent? Well there used to be a lot of hype about using ‘proper’ cloth diaper specific detergent.  There was a lot of talk about how commercial detergents were bad and how they had brighteners and whiteners and enzymes that would eat your diapers alive.  There used to be a conception that you should only use 1/4 of the recommended amount of detergent and lots of other talk that made washing diapers seem like rocket science.

Luckily common sense seems to have prevailed and even many of the main diaper manufacturers are now recommending readily available mainstream detergents such as Tide.

There is however, still a place for traditional cloth diaper friendly detergents like Charlie’s Soap and Rockn’ Green.  We carry these detergents specifically because they are hypoallergenic, natural, environmentally friendly and safe.  We know what is put in them and they have proved to work well on cloth diapers.  We also love to support small, independent, family run companies.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t use a detergent found in a grocery store aisle.

But if your baby isn’t sensitive or allergic to any of the ingredients or scents, you can use a great many of the detergents commonly available at any store.  WITH ONE EXCEPTION: do not use anything with synthetic fabric softener.  So, for example.  Tide is okay, Tide with Downy is not (synthetic fabric softener is meant to stay on fabric and will cause repelling).  Got it?  Easy right?

And you know what’s even easier?  No more guessing at the amount to use either.  Just follow the amount specified on the back of the package for the size of load you are doing.  No more, no less.  If you increase the amount of water you are using in your load, increase the detergent too to maintain the proper ratio for your detergent to work properly and not be diluted and you’re good to go.  Use common sense.  Diapers are dirty laundry.  Treat them accordingly and use good detergent in a proper amount and let your washing machine handle the rest.

rg-bare-nakedBut just in case how are you supposed to know if the detergent you want to use is safe for your diapers?

Ask us!  We have an extensive listing of recommended detergents as well as the specific ingredients that might cause problems for the majority of commercial detergents.

Most detergents used in moderation with thorough rinsing shouldn’t cause problems. However a detergent that works for one family may not work for the next depending on water conditions, your specific washing machine etc.

What do we recommend most?  Tide Free & Gentle and Charlie’s Soap are our personal favorites.  You can’t go wrong with either one.  Although we lean towards our #1 favorite…Charlie’s Soap – which is also fantastic for all loads of laundry, not just diapers.

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Washing Cloth Diapers – The Basics

Okay, so let’s start with the basics of a good, simple wash routine.  Cloth Diaper laundry should be easy, but many people over-complicate it with additives, tons of rinse cycles, too much or not enough detergent etc. etc.

So, what’s a good wash routine?   Follow these simple guidelines and you will be sure to enjoy many years of use from your investment.

First, be sure not to use any rash or diaper ointments or creams with your cloth diapers. If this is required, make sure to use a flushable liner so it doesn’t get on the cloth as this will cause repelling and leaks.

Next, if the diaper is soiled, knock solids into the toilet and then store the diaper in a dry diaper pail until laundry day. Small solids remaining on the diaper will dissolve in the wash, so no toilet swishing required 🙂 Mini-shower toilet attachments are available to rinse off soiled diapers over the toilet if you like (completely optional).

Note: if you are using pocket diapers, separate the insert from the diaper before placing in the diaper pail.

Washing/Drying your Cloth Diapers
#1) Run a cold rinse or soak cycle with no detergent.

#2) Run a hot cycle with a cloth diaper safe detergent.  Do not use bleach.

#3) If your hot wash is not automatically followed by a cold rinse, run a cold rinse cycle. This step is only necessary with a particularly dirty load.

Then tumble dry the diapers on low or hang to dry. Do not use fabric softener or pure soap. Do not dry on high heat.

See…what did we tell you? Simple as a regular load of laundry.