Okay, so you've selected your diaper stash. You know how to actually put it on your baby. And you know how to wash the diapers. Believe it or not, that's not all. Strange little things pop up that you'll want to deal with.
When you first get your fluffWhen you receive your diapers, unless they're used, they need special treatment to get the best absorbency from them (and to remove any factory residue). There are many ways to do this, but basically they need really hot water washes and agitation. Follow the manufacturers recommendations, if they include them. If not try one of these ideas.
- You can put them in a big pot and boil them for about 30 minutes while stirring (do NOT do this with your snap covers because it could melt the snaps if they rest on the side of the pot).
- You can turn up your water heater temporarily and do a HOT wash on the highest water level and longest wash cycle. Depending on the temperature, you may need to repeat this.
- You can try putting them through your clean dishwasher. The temperature in it is intended to be hot enough to sanitize dishes, so it is definitely hot enough for this job.
What about diaper rash?
Some things to consider:
- Add about a tablespoon of dish soap to the wash and run rinse cycles until all bubbles are gone.
- Run another rinse cycle with a cup of vinegar. Rinse or wash again if there's any lingering odor.
- Run a wash cycle with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of bleach. Rinse or wash again if there's ANY lingering odor.
- Boil diapers in a large pot. Again, be careful about doing this if your diapers have snaps.
- Run diapers through dishwasher on hot cycle.
There is also a device that attaches to the water supply of your toilet that is similar to the sprayer on your kitchen sink. It's entire function is to make removing poop from diapers easier. Again, some swear by it. Others find it a waste of money. If you're having trouble, it's worth the set up. If you're happy with your current arrangement, why bother? They cost $40-60 or you can build your own at a hardware store for about $30.
If you have flats and want to hand wash (or want to try to hand wash other diapers), check out this post about making a camp-style washer.
Did I miss anything? What other questions do you have if you're new to cloth diapers? Or if you are a veteran, what advice can you offer?
Thanks for following me to the end. I hope I was able to help you feel more confident starting cloth diapers.