Washing & caring for your cloth diapers shouldn’t be intimidating or hard. Collect used diapers in a designated pail (a basic trash can with a lid and some type of liner: a basic trash bag or a reusable/washable bag works well). Wet diapers can go directly into the pail, while poopy diapers take a quick trip to the toilet. Flick the poo into the toilet, flush and add the diaper to the rest in the pail. The disposable diaper companies won’t tell you this, but all human waste should be sent down the toilet and not sent to the landfill. When it’s time for laundry, start your machine, add detergent and dump in the diapers and walk away. Easy peasy.
Standard washing for cloth diapers:
Wash in warm or hot water for 1 or 2 cycles using a fragrance & dye free biodegradable soap. Hang dry or tumble dry on warm. Do not use chlorine bleach. Do not use fabric softener. do not use dryer sheets.
Helpful Tips for additional cleaning:
- Adding a half cup of baking soda to the wash cycle will help to neutralize urine.
- Hanging clean, wet diapers to dry outside in the sun will work as natural bleaching. The sun will help eliminate bacteria and remove old stains.
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the laundry cycle.
- Keep a small cloth with a few drops of tea tree oil in the bottom of your diaper pail. Tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial and will help eliminate a funky smell.
Care and Washing of Wool Diaper Covers:
The wool diaper cover is made entirely of natural materials and as such requires a bit of love and care. Due to the natural properties of wool & lanolin the diaper cover will not get sopping wet, tho it may get damp. When it is wet, just hang it up to dry for a few hours. Do not put it in the dryer, as it is likely to felt to a smaller size! This diaper cover also isn’t likely to get a funky smell since wool and urine neutralize. Cool, huh?
When you do need to clean your wool cover simply soak it in tepid water with a small bit (pea size) of Lanolin and a small bit of baby shampoo.
Be gentle: if you scrub or agitate it too much it will felt. It is likely that a small amount of dye may bleed from the fabric. If the diaper cover has a bit of poop on it, you can just rub it together in the tepid water and it should come off. When it is done soaking roll it in a towel to remove excess water and lay flat or hang to dry. It’s rather simple and should not require washing too frequently. However, when you do wash it, remember you can not through it in the washing machine or tumble dry: IT WILL FELT TO A MUCH SMALLER SIZE!
If your wool cover falls scratchy, you may be able to add a little softness by either soaking it in tepid water with a healthy glug of vinegar or a squirt of hair conditioner. Then roll it in a towel and hang it to dry. It should not smell like vinegar when it is dry. Wool is a protein much like your own hair and likes a little acid now and then.