How Cuddle Creatures recommends you care for your diapers! May 22, 2015 15:11
There are many different opinions of the "proper" way to clean cloth diapers. Back in our grand-mother's day, they just used mainstream detergent and bleach. When the cloth diaper movement went from mainstream to "crunchy", a wave of anti-detergent advice hit the scene and many very convoluted wash routines were made up to deal with all the problems of not using an effective detergent to wash pee and poo. The tide seems to be turning though, even large cloth diaper companies who sell their own, expensive and not very effective, detergents are now starting to remove the text in their warranty that voids it if you wash their diapers in mainstream detergent.
Here in this household, when we first started using cloth diapers we were advised to use a certain laundry soap who shall remain nameless. While baby was exclusively breastfed everything worked fine but one solids were introduced, stink quickly became a recurring problem. After some research we tried a bunch of different soaps and detergent and are now happily in love with Tide powder!
With the washing instructions below, I rarely have to strip my diapers and have bright white non-stained diapers that have been in use for over two years now, as well as diapers that I got used who are back to their white brilliance!
I will address stripping in a future blog post as every once in a while it needs to be done, and whenever you buy some previously used cloth, you should really bring them back to step one and avoid any possible issues!
Below are the instructions that will soon accompany all our cloth diapers!
How to prep your brand-new diaper for first use!
Pocket Diaper: simply wash and dry the diaper. The diaper should be put in the dryer on high heat for at least 30 mins to seal sewing holes.
Inserts: Wash and dry inserts 3 to 4 times. Our inserts are made from all natural fibers and will not reach their maximum absorbency until they’ve been washed a few times.
Suggested Washing Method
Everyone has different water and different washers, so there is no one-size-fits-all washing routine. General guidelines that CuddleCreatures suggests are:
- If you have hard water, add a water softener to your wash (Calgon, Borax, Washing Soda).
- Pre-rinse your diapers on cold with little or no detergent to get rid of most of the waste.
- When ready to wash use a mainstream detergent with no fabric softener. (Gain, Tide, Kirkland, etc)
- Using a full scoop of your chosen detergent, run a heavy wash on hot (unless using cold water detergent). (I add a bit of Oxi-Clean powder to my detergent on heavily soiled loads)
- No extra rinses are required unless your diapers are slimy (If they are, try using slightly less detergent). If you have hard water, do not run an extra rinse as that will just add to the mineral build up problem.
- Dry either in dryer (no dryer sheet or fabric softener) or hang.
And remember, the Sun is a great stain fighter so hang them outside once-in-a-while to keep them white!
In order to preserve the elasticity of your diapers, do not handle hot diapers from the dryer too much.
To preserve the PUL, do not stuff hot diapers, let them cool first.