Proper diaper maintenance is the key to a successful cloth diaper experience.
Unlike what you might have heard, cloth diaper maintenance is simple. Once your routine established, all that is left to do is watch your savings add up every week!
Before first use:
Machine wash the diapers and inserts twice before first use, allowing for any loose fabric from the manufacturing process to be cleaned away and to allow for maximal absorbency.
Storage: Once a diaper has been soiled, place it in a pail (intended for this purpose) or in a cloth diaper wet-bag (available in our online store). Do not soak or rince diapers during this process as diapers should remain as dry as possible. If you rince your diapers, you should hang them to air dry and wash within the following 24 hours.
- Note that it is not necessary to remove the inserts prior to washing as they will be removed autmoatically in the washer due to the double openning pocket.
- Store soiled diapers without ricning or soaking. They should remain as dry as possible during this phase.
Washing: (Make sure all velcro tabs are well closed). Rince diapers with cold water once prior to washing. This will remove any 'solid' residue and most of the urine in the diapers. Machine wash with warm or hot water using a laundry detergent that does not contain fabric softener as this will effect quality and absorbency.
- If your water is considered to be 'hard' water, do not rince a second time.
- Do not add too much water in the washing machine as the diapers need to rub together in order to allow for the cleanest possible result.
Drying: Inserts may be machine or air dried. The outer shell of the diapers may also be placed in the dryer as long as they are not maniuplated while they are still hot. Avoid 'overdrying' them in the dryer. Placing the diapers in the dryer helps the polyurethane (laminated polyester) stay well sealed. We strongly=recommend placing diapers and inserts in the sun as much as possible as sunlight is a natural whitener and also acts as an antibacterial agent.
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