Guide for Washing Cloth Diapers
Washing Cloth Diapers
There are many different methods to washing cloth diapers. It is important that you experiment, based on your wash conditions. Factors to consider are they type of washing machine you have, your water supply (hard or soft water), the temperature you wash in, and the detergent you use, to determine the wash routine that works the best for you.
How do I wash my cloth diapers?
Wash diapers 3-5 times before use. Microfiber and bamboo inserts need to "break down" for optimum absorbency. The more they are washed the better they absorb. Below is a general guideline for washing cloth diapers.
- After a diaper change, store the dirty diapers in a diaper pail. Dump solids in toilet.
- Cloth diapers need to be washed every 2-3 days. Waiting longer than 3 days may cause bacteria and mildew to build up.
- Toss all the dirty diapers into the wash machine.
- Pre-Rinse diapers. Begin with a cold rinse with water only. The pre-rinse involves getting the initial mess out of the fibres of the diapers. Do not add detergent or any additives to this cycle. Rinsing with cold water will help with stain removal. If your machine is a front loader we recommend adding in a few extra towels. The machine will sense that that there is more weight on the drum and will increase the amount of water used.
- Wash diapers using hot water using ¼- ½ the amount of detergent you would normally use for clothing. Select 'heavy-duty' or 'extra heavy' on your washer. If the washer doesn't have those settings, then select the 'normal/regular' setting, but adjust the soil level to 'heavy.' This will ensure the cycle uses the maximum time of agitation.
- Extra rinse. We recommend using an extra-rinse cycle at the end of the regular wash cycle to help avoid detergent build-up. You will set this cycle manually and it will begin once the regular wash is complete. The extra rinse cycle is designed to rinse any detergent remaining in the diapers. This rinse can be done using cold water.
- Diaper covers are best line dried to preserve their waterproof qualities. It is also acceptable to dry them in your dryer on the lowest heat setting. Inserts and wet bags can be dried on a normal heat setting.