While there are a number of advantages to using cloth diapers, for many people, the biggest reason that they avoid using them is that they don’t know the best way to wash cloth diapers. In this post, we take a look at the simple and easy process to wash them for maximum freshness.
Over the last few years, cloth diapers have become more and more popular as many parents look for a more economical and eco-friendly diaper solution. Not only are cloth diapers better for the environment, but they can also be more absorbent and secure, making them a better choice for heavy wetters and those babies who wriggle through the night.
For ease, we’ve broken our how-to process down into three easy to follow steps:
First things first, you need to remove the diaper.
Once the diaper is off, you’ll need to do one of two things…
If your baby is breastfed then you can just store the soiled diaper in a pail, bag or bin as poop from breastfed babies is water soluble – meaning it’ll just dissolve in the wash.
Formula or Solids Fed Babies
If you feed baby using formula or solids then their poop is likely to be more, erm, solid in consistency so your next step here is to empty the content of the diaper into the toilet and flush it.
Again, nothing too complicated here. Simply put the diapers into the washer, add a little detergent and turn it on.
For heavily soiled diapers you can run the dryer on a cold wash first and then add more detergent and run them through on a normal loop.
Depending on the type of cloth diaper will determine how quickly they dry.
All In One
All in one diapers such as those from Alvababy tend to be the slowest to dry
Traditional Cloth Diapers
Traditional cloth diapers tend to dry quickest and can be dried either outdoors on a washing line, inside on a clothes horse or in a dryer.
So there you have it, you now know the best way to wash cloth diapers and should be more confident about cleaning them. The main thing to keep in mind when using cloth diapers is having enough in the draw so that you’ve got enough to last baby and enough time to dry those that you’ve washed.