Cloth Diapering 101 Part 2: How to care for your diapers

Earlier I posted about why I decided cloth diapering was for me.
Today, we are going to discuss how to properly care for your diapers. It’s a lot easier and less time consuming than you think!

If you are a breastfeeding mom, know that breast milk is completely water soluble, so it’s not necessary to remove the poop before putting it into your washer. However, if you’re like me and think

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immediately upon reading that, feel free to rinse off as much poo as you want into the toilet (or into the grass because I was too cheap to buy a sprayer. I used my hose instead. Free manure for ‘yer grass!).

Babies who are mostly or solely formula fed will have a thicker consistency poo, which will need to be rinsed off before putting into the wash.

When your baby starts eating solids it becomes easier (to me) to get rid of the poo. Solids go in, solids come out. You take the cloth diaper, walk to the toilet, and the poo should roll right off. That’s it!

But where do I put my dirty diapers???
Good question. A wet pail is typically where most people store their dirty diapers. It looks like a kitchen trash can with a special lining to keep the smell and moisture from your diaper inside, preventing anything from leaking.

diaper pail

Personally, I bought myself (well really my son) a large wet bag off amazon from Kanga. It holds up to 24 of his soiled diapers, and keeps the smell from escaping. I have had zero problems with it in the 6 months I’ve been using it, and as an added bonus I just wash it with my diapers.

wet bag

When it’s time to wash your diapers, follow the instructions that come with the brand you bought. They should all pretty much be the same. Put your detergent in, do a cold wash, and a hot rinse. I like to sun dry all of my diapers because it removes the stains within hours.

You’ll need to bleach your diapers once every 1-2 months to remove excess build up of ammonia, but if you wash your diapers properly you shouldn’t have to do it any more than that. Again, follow the instructions that came with your diapers, but for BumGenius brand 1/4 cup of bleach with your load of diapers will be more than sufficient. Your diapers should have already gone through the cleaning cycle previously mentioned before adding the bleach. Do 2-3 quick washes after the bleach cycle to make sure you really got all of the bleach out.

Detergent: 

There are many detergents out there to use, so do your research on the one you think might benefit your baby the best. I found Rockin Green to be what works best for my son. It’s a hypoallergenic detergent, with no fragrance or dyes, which means a minimal chance of a diaper rash happening. Rockin Green is available for people with different types of water (ex if you have hard water), with and without fragrances; make sure you choose the right one. I bought mine off amazon. One bag (picture below) lasts me 3 months. I have 32 diapers so I do laundry every 3-4 days.

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Traveling:  I don’t think traveling makes it harder to cloth diaper. There’s bound to be a washing machine where you’re going. And if you’re just going out for a few hours, just bring along a travel wet bag. You can purchase them small enough to hold 2, and large enough to hold 4.  I chose the latter, in case we ended up staying out longer than anticipated and I haven’t regretted it.
I bought this medium wet bag off Amazon, from Planet Wise. I love it, and it’s cute. They have a ton of other designs, too.
wetbag

And that’s it! See. I told you it was easier than you thought!!

Which brand of cloth diapers do you use? Is washing them more or less of a hassle for you?

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