I’ve had a few folks ask me about how I care for my cloth diapers. I’ve been meaning to record a vlog entry about it, but as the mom to a newborn, things don’t always go according to schedule. In the meantime, here’s what I posted on the Hawaii Moms Like Me website.
When changing baby:
- Remove liner from pocket diaper
- Spray liner and diaper with a spray like Bum Genius Odor Remover or Bi-O-Kleen Bac-Out. Contains natural enzymes/live cultures to remove stains and odor from diapers without harsh chemicals and safe for baby.
- Stick the velcro tabs to the pads. These pads are made specifically to keep the velcro in place while it’s going through your wash.
- Put into waterproof laundry bag or dry pail.
How to launder your cloth diapers:
- Empty contents of waterproof laundry bag into your washing machine. Toss laundry bag into the wash with the diapers and cloth wipes.
- Run a cold water pre-wash. If your diapers have been sitting in the pail for a few days, you might want to soak them for a bit. (I wash the diapers every other day, so I don’t have to soak them.)
- Add 1/2 the amount of laundry detergent for a hot water wash with extra rinse. The reason you use only 1/2 a scoop is because you don’t want to get residue built-up on your diapers, which will make them less absorbent and cause leaks. Use a natural laundry detergent like Allens Naturally Laundry powder or liquid. Do not use a fabric softener (also causes residue).
- If you have a clothesline, that is the best way to dry your diapers. The UV rays help to kill any bacteria that may be lingering and also bleach your diapers super white! If you are like me and don’t have that option, you can put them in the dryer. I dry them on MEDIUM heat for 50 minutes. Remember, don’t use a dryer sheet for the same reason you shouldn’t use a fabric softener. (Drying time may vary depending on your dryer and the type of diapers you own.)
Who is Champuru?Aloha, I'm Donna, known everywhere on the Internet as "Champuru." I was born and raised in Hawaii. I'm a Christian. I'm married to my best friend of 18 years, we struggled with infertility and successfully conceived via IVF (and by the grace of God!) in 2008. I resigned from my coveted "secure" government job to be a work-at-home mom to my 3-year-old daughter. Using my degree in Information Technology and the skills obtained in the marketplace, I started my own business. Now, I work from home, taking clients on a part-time basis, working in my PJ's while the little one sleeps. Life isn't always easy, but it's all good.