Cloth diaper cleaning – things to remember

Here are a few things you should remember when dealing with cloth diaper cleaning. For clear step-by-step instructions on washing cloth diapers go to washing your cloth diapers / nappies

• Do not use any sort of bleach. They will damage the fibers of the fabric and destroy the diaper covers. Not to mention the adverse effects on your baby's skin and the environment.

• Do not use fabric softener. It will leave a waxy residue on your diapers and diaper covers, and lead to leaks. Even the use of those fabric softener sheets can leave a residue in the dryer and affect your diapers.

• Do not use cream with zinc oxide, it will cause leaks.
• It is best to use a detergent that leaves no soap residue on diapers.

• If you wash your diapers, it is very important to wait until they are completely dry before storing in the bucket. This will assure no mold.

• A good tip is to have a rinse cycle with cold water before washing. This will prevent the stains to permanent set.

• Make an extra spin cycle after washing. This can reduce the drying time up to 25%!
• Add a dry towel in the dryer with your diapers as this will reduce the drying time!

• If it’s hot enough outside, lay your wet diapers in the sun, this is a good way to whiten and disinfect your diapers naturally.

• Drying cloth diapers can usually be done in the dryer. Please note, the intensive use of the dryer can prematurely wear the fabric.

• Smell your diapers and diaper covers after you have washed them. If they are smelly or if you feel they have still detergent, wash one more time with less detergent and water.

• Needless to day during hot weather, you can wash your diapers more regularly to avoid unpleasant odors.

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