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A Guide to Washing Cloth Diapers at Home


Washing cloth diapers at home instead of employing local cleaning services is not that difficult compared to your regular laundry load. You can even wash two dozens of cloth diapers at one time; all you'll need is a washer and a dryer. The green parenting tips listed below are an excellent guide in to washing cloth diapers at home.

Washing Cloth Diapers

The things that you'll need include a diaper pail, laundry detergent, washer, vinegar, clothespins, clothesline and a dryer.

  1. Try to get hold of a diaper pail and keep all the dirty diapers in one huge plastic container. You can place up to 24 pieces of diapers together in a medium-sized pail and close it with a tight-fitting plastic lid.
  2. Once you're done collecting all the soiled linens, set the water temperature at hot to cold rinse; the water level should be on high settings too.
  3. Add the laundry detergent. You can use half of the entire box or pack. A hypoallergenic detergent is also recommended as it is mild enough for a baby's skin.
  4. Slowly add the diapers to the washer. You can tip the water diaper pail over the washer's edge and dump them in a gradual manner. You don't have to initially remove the breastfed particles in the diaper as breast milk poo is 100 percent water soluble.
  5. To neutralize the pH of the water as caused by the urine in the diapers, add ΒΌ cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle.
  6. In drying the diapers, you can dry for a maximum of 60 minutes by using the washer's dryer. Many moms prefer line drying cloth diapers. Whichever way you like it, both methods help sterilize the diapers.

Choosing the Right Detergent

Hypoallergenic detergents are preferred when washing soiled linens. Read the detergent's label and avoid these ingredients: fabric enhancers, dyes, natural soaps, perfumes, softeners, enzymes, perfumes and dyes.

To determine the appropriate amount, read label instructions carefully and measure the recommended proportions carefully.  A good rule of thumb is to start by using half of the manufacturer's recommended amount. For maximum efficiency, use detergents known for high efficiency; you can also set water levels high to make sure that the diapers are rinsed properly. For washers that determine the water level in proportion to the weight of the load, you can place a wet towel to increase the load of the soiled diapers.

Additional Tips

To deodorize your washer and dryer, you can simply run an empty but quick cycle and add a few drops of bleach or vinegar. It is also best to avoid using bleach when washing your child's cloth diapers as it damages the fibers. Make sure to keep diaper pails away from children as it can increase drowning hazard risks when stored with water. Check for the cloth diapers' fabric, too; natural fibers such as cotton and hemp need to be dry hot between washes to ensure proper absorbency. Polyester fibers should be dry warm while wool products should be hand-washed and line-dried.

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