Raise your hand, if you are one of those who want to adopt cloth diapers in life but are hesitant thinking about laundry. We all know cloth diapers are safe, economical, environment friendly and cute. But eww, what happens to poop? Or you are one of those parents who just got few cloth diapers and confused how to clean it once soiled. Allow me to help you.
I hope you have prepped the diapers and little baby is in one. Later your little one is all set to get in another fresh diaper and you are having a soiled or dirty diaper now. Did the baby pooped? What’s next?
What about the poop?
Simple, knock off the solids. During initial months when baby is either breastfed or formula fed, poop won’t be solid. Gross, I know. But actually, it’s not. You can use a liner for that purpose. Hope, your shoulders are relaxed now.
Well, knock off the solids (if any), give it a spray in toilet and put in waterproof bag.
If there isn’t any solid, still giving it a spray before storing would be a good practice. But its not compulsion.
When to wash the diapers?
Parenting is tiring and you just won’t have energy or time to wash each one by one. So, let them pile up. You can do laundry either daily or on alternative days. But try not to extend beyond 3 days.
How to wash?
Before getting into the process, let’s talk about detergent to use. After cloth diapering for over 2 years I can say, the simpler detergent, the better it works.
Always choose a detergent without optical brighteners, whiteners or extra enzymes. So, from our Indian market one can choose Surf excel, Tide original or Rustic art.
You can choose either to hand wash or machine wash. No brainer, machine would save some energy from the already tired parent.
Hand washing cloth diapers
For our babies every parent goes extra mile. If you are a parent who prefers hand washing or even if machine wash regularly, at times difficult things just happen. Or you are traveling and using these cloth diapers there and there is no machine. So, you have hand wash soiled diapers.
- Fill the bucket with hot water depending on number of diapers to wash. It should be enough to immerse all diapers in hand.
- Add detergent in right quantity and give a stir.
- Add diapers in the bucket and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. It would reduce your efforts.
- Then give all diapers a good scrub removing stains.
- Drain all water. Rinse diapers in cold water. Rinse well to make sure detergent is washed off.
- Squeeze gently to remove excess water. Shake them.
- Line dry all diapers. And you are done
Pro tip: If you ran out of hot water, you can continue as previous steps just do it little longer. Little extra soak, rub and rinse.
Machine washing cloth diapers
- Unload your diapers from wet-bags or water proof bags where used ones are stored.
- Set the machine and add detergent. If you can choose settings for wash then go for cold pre-wash, then hot main wash, long rinse and medium spin. For pre-wash add about ¼ of recommended amount with respect to diaper count.
- After the wash if you feel diapers are still soapy. Then give it another wash.
- Line dry all.
Pro tip: Line dried diapers might feel little stiff. To bring back your fluff, toss it back and forth. That’s another fun responsibility for my toddler.
I have been using Bumberry pocket diapers for a year and sleeper since few weeks now. I love the fact how absorbent both are. It fits well for little one. It is easily available, pocket friendly and a quick responding customer care service are huge plus points to sticks with the brand for my cloth diapering journey.
Can I wash other clothes with diapers?
Yes, you can. Once diapers are done with pre-wash, add all required clothes in the mix.
Remember avoid using any type of fabric softener or antiseptic liquid. They would adversely impact diaper’s absorbency levels.
Now, if you have religiously followed all the steps yet diapers are stinking. Maybe the culprit is hard water or the detergent wasn’t right or amount was not sufficient. So, maybe you can use hard water softener or do stripping once in a month. Stripping means removing mineral and other deposits from cloth diapers. You need to stripping only in need. Stripping is done only for absorbent parts like inserts and not outer shells.
I hope this helps you. Maintaining a strong wash routine aids in care of diapers, longevity and hygiene.
Happy cloth diapering!