Thursday, December 29, 2005

How to Wash cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers are an environmentally friendly, economical alternative to disposable diapers; they are also easier to care for than you might expect.

1. Flush solid waste away. Some people use disposable liners inside cloth diapers to make this easier. For newborns we recommend using the Kushies Flushable Liners. For babies that have been introduced to solid foods the Flushable Liners work well

2. Store diapers in a diaper pail. We recommend not soaking diapers as this tends to set in stains and odors. We also recommend to wash every other day or every third day.

3. Wash your diapers in hot water. If the diapers are very soiled we recommend doing an initial cold water rinse to remove the soiled matter.

4. Dry the diapers on a medium to high setting. If you are drying pocket diapers we recommend line drying them or drying on a low setting.

Detergents to stay away from:
Any Baby Detergents
Any Free & Clear Detergents
Any Detergents that contain chlorine bleach

Sunshine is a great stain remover. Line drying your diapers from time to time will help keep them white and fresh-smelling.
Always use half of the recommended amount of detergent. The main reason for diapers leaking is that there is a soap/residue build up.
Once a week we recommend washing your diapers in hot water with an oxygen based cleaning booster with NO detergent. This removes any soaps/creams that do build up and brightens and whitens your diapers.

Keep diaper pail out of reach of children - especially when filled with water and vinegar mixture.

Avoid heavily scented detergents that can irritate your baby's sensitive skin.

Avoid fabric softener in the dryer ' it can reduce the absorbency of your cloth diapers.

Avoid washing too many diapers at once ' an average washing machine can handle about two dozen diapers at a time, if you want to get them really clean.

Check the washing instructions for diaper covers and wraps carefully ' many of them need to be washed separately from diapers, and will not stay waterproof if you put them in the dryer.