Are you feeling anxious about washing your cloth diapers? It's more simple than you might think! Here we will discuss simple wash guidelines to get you started. Thank you for your choice to use reusable diapers and keep some out of our landfills! You are making a huge difference.
Step 1: Remove any and all solids
There are several ways to remove solids from soiled diapers. You can use a diaper liner to catch most of the solids. You can use a diaper sprayer and shield to spray off any residue. You could use a peribottle to spray off the leftovers. Some like to use a spatula to remove. You can even just plop the popo into the toilet if it's solid.
*Exclusively Breastfed (ebf) popos are water-soluble so NO NEED to rinse these diapers.
*Pee dipes are not necessary to rinse either.
Step 2: Stow until wash day
Simply store the dirty diapers into the storage method of your choice until wash day. If you're using pocket diapers, remove the insert first.
Storage options for soiled diapers include but not limited to: Wetbags, Pail liners, in an open laundry basket, a garbage pail with a reusable liner, a diaper pail (ex. Dekor Diaper). We do recommend something with airflow or leaving the wetbags/liners open to prevent mold and mildew.
Please note: We do NOT recommend the wet pail method as it can become a drowning hazard and/or create mold/mildew.
Step 3: Wash
Let's start this with saying there are SO many different wash routines. You will find out what works best for you, it doesn't need to be complicated! Usually people wash their diapers every 2-4 days. There are a variety of different detergents you can use to wash your diapers. There are a few facebook groups that can help you decide what works best for you.
Cold: Pre-rinse with no detergent. This is optional. We like to do a cold pre-rinse to help prevent stains.
Warm/Hot: Pre-Wash and Main Wash using a cloth diaper safe detergent. We personally use All Free and Clear.
Step 4: Dry
Dry on low heat in the dryer.
Line dry outside or on a drying rack inside.