Keep it simple!- We can't stress enough to keep your washing routine simple. You can spend hours of research online on how to wash cloth diapers. Listed below are tips on how to keep washing simple.
1) Choose one detergent and stick to it - like Charlies Soap. Don't put a lot of additives (like vinegars,oils,baking sodas) into the wash.
2) Wash you diapers in cold or warm water and add detergent. Dry on medium to low setting.
Don't use the following products as they have been know to cause problems with repelling (or leaking) of diapers.
Free and clear detergents
Delicate cycle soaps (like Woolite)
Pure Soaps (like Dr.Bronners)
Vinegar (will break down elastic in diapers)
Detergents that have been proven to be good for washing cloth diapers:
Tide (regular version-use 1/2 recommended amount)
Cheer (regular version-use 1/2 recommended amount)
Sun (regular version-use 1/2 recommended amount)
Once a week wash your diapers in hot water with no detergent and add Oxiclean Versatile powder (regular version. Dry as usual.
This keeps diapers fresh smelling and stain free.
If you are having problems with odor or build up you can use this Oxiclean solution to "re-condition" your diapers.
Washing diapers with bowel movements- Everyone wants to know the answer to this question!
There are 3 ways to handle diapers with bowel movements.
- If you wash every other day you can do an initial rinse cycle before your wash cycle and this will remove all the solids. In between wash day store in a DRY pail.
- Use biodegradable flushable liners. These flushable liners go on top of the diaper and are essentially "poop catchers" and make cleaning up easier.
- Purchase a diaper sprayer. A simple, bidet type sprayer that easily attaches to the back of the toilet. You just hold diaper over toilet and spray solids of the diaper.