Easy Diaper Washing Guide
There is a lot of information available on how to wash cloth diapers, my recommendation above all is that you try to make washing as simple as possible.
Follow these steps to get started…
BEFORE YOU USE YOUR DIAPERS
Wash them a couple of times to activate the fibers and gain absorbency. You can use any cycle, the important thing is that you do not use fabric softener.
Remove solids from diaper or liner. Store your diapers in a bag or bucket until wash day.Rinse with cold, soap-free water to remove urine and remove any remaining poo.
Wash your diapers at 40 or 60 degrees, using a full dose of soap. Diapers love to be washed on a long cycle and have plenty of room to wiggle - fill your washing machine ¾ max :)
*If you have few diapers, add them with other clothes, remember that it is important that your soap does not have softener.
To dry the friendliest thing will be to extend them, however, avoid high temperatures in the sun. If you need to use the dryer use low temperature.
Let's talk about soap
Your diapers will be quite dirty clothes, that's why we need to use an efficient soap. My recommendation is to avoid baby soaps, which are generally very mild.
• Avoid fabric softener: it creates a layer on the fibers and makes them stop absorbing
• Avoid bleach: it can damage your diapers
The measure of the soap will also be important. If we use a lot of soap, over time there can be residue and odors in your diapers.
The cream is not necessary when using cloth diapers - by being in contact with breathable and hypoallergenic fabrics, your baby's skin will be fresh, free from irritation.
However, there are times when teeth, food, a virus can cause a reaction. If you decide to use cream I recommend using liners with your diapers - they can be washable or disposable. Creams can leave residue on your inserts and decrease absorbency, liners will protect your diapers for a long life.
Sunlight is a natural antibacterial for your diapers and it will also keep them stain free, it's magic!
Lay your inserts out in the sun in the early morning or late afternoon, avoiding times of high heat.
It works even if it's through a window :)
Cleaning your washing machine
Our washing machine is a great ally in the world of cloth diapers. For the washing of your diapers to be optimal, it is important that your washing machine is clean.
Washing machine manufacturers recommend cleaning every 3 months, because soap residue, fabric softener and dirt can accumulate over time.
Most washing machines come with a clean cycle already, or you can run a long cycle without clothes. You can use natural products like baking soda and vinegar. Also remember to clean the soap compartment and the outer rubber if it is a front door.