Jan 4 How and Why I started Cloth Diapering
Jan 11 – My Favorite Cloth Diaper (s) and Why?
Jan 18 – My Cloth Diaper Wash Routine
Jan 25 – Converting a Friend to Cloth (how, why, your experiences, goals, tips, etc)
Here I am about 1 year into cloth diapering and I have decided to turn to the dark side! I am no longer going to use my “cloth diaper safe” detergent…well I will use up what I have and then make the switch to the Original Tide!
So how did I get here?
Rewind a few months ago…I went to go see my Stash Sister, who you can read all about –> HERE. Instead of bring my detergent with me because I didn’t want to get caught in airport security for having possession of a mysterious “white powder,” I decided to buy some detergent while I was visiting. The only detergent I found that I had heard people used before on their cloth diapers was the Original Tide in Powder form. I figured I would give it a try.
I LOVED the results! It seemed to get my diapers very clean and they even smelled great! From then on I was hooked!
Let’s get to the specifics of my Wash Routine
For me, my wash routine starts with the FIRST DIRTY DIAPER! Here is a step by step list of what I do:
- Dirty diaper gets sprayed down (if poop) and put into a dry pail with a pail liner.
- After about 2-3 days worth of dirty diapers (SEE BELOW), I play Santa Clause and head down to the laundry room.
- ***ADD IN STEP*** Rinse Cloth Diapers by hand in cold water.
- Add cloth diapers to washer and do a COLD RINSE with NO DETERGENT.
- After 1st Rinse, Run a HOT WASH with DETERGENT.
- Follow this up with a HOT or WARM RINSE.
- In Cold/Rainy Weather – hang dry covers and pockets and throw the inserts into my dryer on low with some dryer balls
- In Spring/Summer – hang everything out in the sun
- Sunning helps with the stains!
Factors Affecting the Number of Times You Wash per Week
- The number of babies you have in cloth diapers
- The number of diapers in your stash (Tips for Increasing Your Stash)
- The access to a washer/dryer or way to wash your cloth diapers
- The stage of your baby (newborn vs. toddler)
***ADD IN STEP***
At about 1 year old, my son’s urine seemed to become stronger and I had a hard time getting the ammonia stink out. I decided to do a little rinsing of my own to see if it helped with the smell. After a few washes, it seemed to do the trick! I rinse the diapers until they run mostly clear, I know this may be overkill, but I don’t want to test the water if you know what I mean!
That is pretty much it! I am blessed to have a great wash routine that has needed very little tweaking. I know that “the wash routine” for many can be the biggest challenge with cloth diapers! Some people have a hard time with hard water, detergent types, or even stripping methods.
If you need more help with developing your own wash routine, go HERE for a list of articles!
What does your Cloth Diaper Wash Routine look like?
Do you have any problems with your Wash Routine?