Cloth Diaper Care

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Rabbits07 - May 11

We are switching from disposables to cloth. My question: How do I go about laundering the cloth diapers? I've seen the ads on diaper websites for the diaper pails for 'soaking' diapers. Do I use a bleach solution in the pail and if so how much bleach per gallons water? Also, do I need to do an extra rinse cycle? DS has a tender bottom and I worry that any bleach residue will burn him up. If any cloth diapering vets could give me some suggestions/guidance I would be appreciative.Thanks!

 

Jamie - May 11

It really depends on what type of cloth diaper you use. But, don't use bleach - it'll irritate baby's bum something fierce!!!! I use Swaddlebees, which are a pocket diaper. They have an outer shell of a PUL fabric (waterproof) and an inner fleece shell. I use microterry liners to stuff them to desired absorbancy. When they're dirty, I dump them into a pail with hot water and baking soda. When I have enough, usually every other day, I wash them - hot water, very very very little detergent (1 tsp Tide to 5 diapers and liners), with a pre-wash and an extra rinse. If you use PUL diapers, like Swaddlebees or Fuzzibunz, you need to rinse them until there are no more soap suds, because detergent build-up will reduce the waterproofing and make them leak. Drying again depends on the kind of diaper - I dry the diaper on low, because high heat would make the fleece lining pill. The microterry liners I dry on high heat, to make sure they get dry all the way. (I usually tumble dry low, take out the shells, then tumble dry the liners on high)

 

Jamie - May 11

I'm dumb, they're not microterry LINERS, they're INSERTS - they go in the "pocket" of the diaper.

 

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