10 Laundry Tips for Clean Cloth Diapers
Truly clean cloth diapers aren't just a dream. Read on for 10 helpful laundry tips and suggestions to make your laundry even easier!
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Washing your own cloth diapers isn't hard,
and cloth diapers save you money, too! If you haven't read our article on how to wash cloth diapers,
start here for the basics, including a general laundry routine and
laundry tips for front and top-load washers.
If you're looking for
more ideas and suggestions to improve your laundry experience, check out
our tips and suggestions below.
- Follow your manufacturer's laundry instructions as closely as you can. Keep in mind, you may need to adjust based on how hard or soft your water is.
cloth diapers do not smell. If your diapers do smell, this means one of two
things. You either have a detergent residue issue, or you aren't using
enough water. Read more about cleaning cloth diapers with detergent and
urine residues in our article on stripping cloth diapers.
- Take care of the little steps before you throw your diapers in your diaper pail. Un-stuff
diapers before washing. If your diapers have aplix (or Velcro)
closures, be sure to fold the tabs back onto the insides of the covers
to protect them.
- Use the recommended amount of detergent - the amount recommended by the detergent manufacturer, that is! Laundering instructions for cloth diapers differ broadly by diaper manufacturer, retailer, and blogger, so it's generally best to follow the instructions included with your laundry detergent. Cutting back on the amount of detergent you use can lead to stinky diapers over time!
- Do not use bleach - it can weaken fabric, and
in many cases will void the manufacturer's warranty. Oxyclean is safe
for cloth diapers, so if you need an extra boost, try a scoop of it
- Do not use fabric softener as it will create a residue in your diapers and will reduce the absorbency.
- You should wash your diapers every 2 to 3 days to avoid staining and odour
build-up, and to keep urine from breaking down the fibres.
- Unless you use a liner, do not use diaper cream - it can build up in the fabric and retain odour.
dry on medium, rather than hot, or hang in the sunshine - it will
naturally bleach and remove odours from your diapers. Do not use dryer
sheets, as they will also build up in your diapers. One great laundry
tip my sister offered when I was first starting out: Quit using dryer
sheets altogether, they cause residue in the drum of the dryer, and this
can rub off on cloth diapers. Wool dryer balls are great a alternative, and can be used again and again!
you're using your clothes dryer, you can cut your drying time by
running an extra spin cycle or adding a dry towel with your diapers
before you start the dryer. If you plan to machine-dry your cloth
diapers, and are looking to save on energy for cleaning cloth diapers,
you may also want to look into a spin-dryer. These machines are much
more energy-efficient than regular dryers. They can be used alone or
can reduce the drying time for a conventional dryer. They spin at high
speeds, stripping water out.
Washing cloth diapers isn't as hard as many make it out to be. We hope these tips will make it easier for you to get clean
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